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The best Chinese New Year menus in Hong Kong

What’s a celebration without a little festive feasting

Fontaine Cheng
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Fontaine Cheng
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For those that celebrate Lunar New Year, especially in Hong Kong, you’ll know that restaurants across the city are bound to put something special together for the holiday. And this year is no different with special Chinese New Year menus and takeaway items to choose from, all of which have been made to cater to the extended social distancing requirements. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy good food! From inventive renditions of traditional dishes to symbolic plates of auspicious (and delicious) Chinese dishes, classic delights such as poon choi (a traditional Cantonese casserole bowl) and more, these are the CNY feasts that we can’t wait to dig into.

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Restaurants

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  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Celebrate in style at The Legacy House. Be it in the handsome main dining room, or in one of the gorgeous seven private dining rooms at the restaurant. For Chinese New Year, the Cantonese restaurant is putting forward a six-course lunch ($980 per person) and eight-course dinner menu ($2,380 per person) featuring New Year delights such as steamed spotted grouper with matsutake mushroom, whole abalone with pork knuckle and pomelo pith, and braised porcini noodles with fish maw among others. The menu is available for dine-in between February 1 and 10, 2022. There are also special CNY dishes worth considering too, including the Fu Gui Chicken ($1,688 made for eight to 10 people), a classic dish that symbolises fortune and prosperity, and a very indulgent Prosperity Poon Choi ($4,888 for six people). Both of which can be enjoyed in the restaurant or pre-ordered from the online shop for pick-up from January 29 to February 10.

Available: From February 1 to 10

  • Restaurants
  • Wan Chai

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with the vibrant flavours of Singapore and enjoy a fortune-luring lo hei ($388), which is filled with salmon, pickled leek, dry winter melon, cucumber slices, crispy crackers, papaya, lime, pomelo and more, or the Chinese New Year set menu ($418 per person for six diners or above) at Bibi & Baba. The set menu is available for dine-in (requires 24 hours pre-order) or delivery via their online platform and includes the lo hei, followed by things like bakwan kepiting, a rich prawn and pork broth with abalone, crab meat, bamboo shoot, and minced pork balls; crispy deep-fried pork knuckle; dry laksa; and an assortment of Lucky Desserts including pineapple tarts, nian gao and other kueh (puddings). Bibi & Baba also have some CNY a la carte dishes to try such as deep-fried salted egg prawn ($268); chicken rendang ($328); and a pan-fried whole pomfret with homemade spicy paste ($348).

Available: Until February 15

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Central

Serving Chinese New Year set lunch ($888 per person) or dinner menu ($1,888 per person) along with CNY specialities in a sophisticated setting, Man Wah is an elegant option for celebrating this year. The set menu for lunch features some great dishes including an assortment of dumplings to start, followed by a flavourful stir-fried spotted grouper fillet, and braised e-fu noodle with fish maw and conpoy among other items. The set dinner has items such as chicken casserole with fish maw, stir-fried orzo with minced beef in X.O. sauce and much more. As for the a la carte options, enjoy a premium lo hei ($1,288) packed with abalone, roast duck, jellyfish, mango, and more, or opt for the stir-fried prawn in a rich supreme broth ($298), honey glazed sun-dried oysters ($238 per person) and more.

Available: Set menu January 31 to February 3; A la carte Until February 15

  • Restaurants
  • West Kowloon

Celebrating the new year with a unique Chinese-inspired menu ($1,880 per person) that incorporates traditional ingredients into modern compositions, Radical Chic is a great option to consider when dining during the Year of The Tiger. Not to mention the amazing view you’ll get from the 101st floor of ICC in Kowloon. Highlights from the menu include a Mezzi Paccheri mancini with red gurnard ragout and ricotta cheese; Radical Chic Wagyu ravioli infused with black Lapsang tea; Sichuan Pepper pigeon with potato galette, and more. Helmed by new executive chef Andrea Zamboni, the same menu has also been matched with an exclusive wine pairing created by sommelier-winemaker Bernice Liu ($3,380 per person; available only on January 11 and 18) with six wines.

Available: From January 25 to February 6

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  • Soho
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The Sichuan restaurant is offering a variety of a la carte dishes for CNY, including a whole golden crispy-fried mandarin fish in tangy chilli sauce ($388); stir-fried abalone ($88/piece, minimum of two pieces); fiery stir-fried mud crab ($488); tea fragrant chicken ($298/half portion or $428/full portion); and a stir-fried taro bird nest with water bamboo and wild mushrooms ($288) among other items which symbolise good luck and fortune for the new year.

Available: Until February 15

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Causeway Bay

The seafood restaurant has rustled up a family set for CNY ($798), which comes with items such as steamed Maine lobster, snow crab legs, shrimp scampi, and garlic linguine alfredo with Cajun chicken among others. Plus, it finishes with a decadent chocolate brownie with ice cream. There’s also the tiger prawn rolls ($88) which are a month-long special available in February, featuring tiger prawn and mozzarella. Ever dreamt of a bum bag full of biscuits? Well, Red Lobster is offering a dine-in redemption that gives diners who spend $1,000 or more in store a free biscuit bum bag, which you can fill up with the restaurant’s beloved Cheddar Bay biscuits.

Available: From January 20 to February 10

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  • Central
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Helmed by new executive chef Yip Kar-on, Duddell’s is serving up a series of new menus and items including the CNY dim sum selection, available for lunch only, with things like the goldfish-shaped shrimp dumpling with mullet roe ($108), crispy lava sesame ball ($78) and more. Meanwhile, seven new a la carte dishes for the Year of The Tiger will be available during the day including sauteed lobster ($988) with Chinese celery and water chestnut and fried glutinous rice ($308) with preserved meat and sakura shrimp, among other dishes. There are also tasting menus available: the six-course ($1,088 per person) and eight-course menu ($1,888 per person) with highlights such as deep-fried shrimp paste puff, braised whole 25-heads Yoshihama abalone, sweetened double-boiled imperial bird’s nest with red date and longan to seal the deal.

Available: From January 24 to February 15

Takeaways

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  • Soho

Ho Lee Fook's CNY menu is available for dine-in ($888 per person) and includes a mega feast filled with roast meats, steamed fish, lucky Lo Hei, cheesy lobster noodles and so much more. But if you're not looking to dine at home, you can also get the Kung Hei Fat Choy menu ($1,888 for four people; 48-hours pre-order is required) delivered with dishes like spicy Wagyu short rib wrapped in lettuce, crispy three yellow chicken, roast goose, Lo Hei, and playful little Ho Lee Fook mahjong biscuits to end the meal. 

Available: January 24 to February 4

  • Hotels
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

The Peninsula’s Fare at Home platform brings a variety of food and menus to your door so you can enjoy Lunar New Year celebrations in the comfort of your own home. Be it a fun lo hei ($1,080) to enjoy tossing together, poon choi from the hotel’s Chinese restaurant Spring Moon (From $2,288 for two people to $9,900 for eight people; requires pre-order 24 hours in advance) filled with premium goodies such as abalone, fish maw, sea cucumber, dried oysters, prawns, conpoy, chicken, duck, dried black moss and supreme sauce, some of which come in sturdy Staub pots. Other select items include steamed glutinous rice with whole green crab ($1,080) and more. You can even pair your meals with Peninsula labelled wines and receive a souvenir when you order two bottles or more.

Available: Until February 15

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  • Central
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Mott 32’s rendition of poon choi is made for a big group of 12 ($2,580) and comes layered with free-range chicken, whole dried scallops, shrimps, dried oysters, dace fish ball, shiitake mushroom, and more. Or you can opt for their luxurious poon choi, made for six people ($2,680), that has premium ingredients such as Australian abalone, Hokkaido dried scallops, Japanese sea cucumber, fish maw and oysters. You can order via Oddle or Deliveroo and all orders above $1,500 will receive a complimentary bottle of Howard’s Folly wine.

Available: From February 1 to 15

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Offering two poon choi options for Chinese New Year,  Sexy Crab can be enjoyed at home easily. The hairy crab roe big bowl feast with fish maw and abalone ($3,888) is made for 10 people and comes with 20 handpicked premium hairy crabs alongside double portions of crab roe with premium Korean abalone, Spanish Iberico pork, New Zealand codfish maw and more. There’s also a smaller version ($2,888) of the poon choi made for up to six people and comes with 12 hairy crabs, soy-braised pork knuckle, black moss, Hokkaido scallops, braised goose webs, tiger prawn, braised pork belly and more. Poon choi orders must be made at least five working days in advance with deliveries timed from 12pm to 6.30pm. 

Available: From January 28 to February 7

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  • Restaurants
  • Jordan

Cantonese restaurant Yat Tung Heen inside Eaton HK is offering roast meat and claypot dishes for takeaway from noon until 9pm this CNY. This includes the likes of honey-glazed barbecued pork ($280) and steamed rice with pan-fried chicken and mandarin peel ($328). Those looking for something a little more substantial can get their hands on their deluxe abalone poon choi ($2,399 for six people or $4,688 for 12 people). The traditional Cantonese casserole is filled with seafood and barbecued meat and more. Each poon choi is placed in a reusable claypot so you can try to recreate the dishes yourself.

Available: Until January 27

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