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The Drunken Pot
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Exciting menus to celebrate Chinese New Year 2021

Get ready for a festive food feast!

By Fontaine Cheng
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For those that celebrate this festive holiday, Chinese New Year goes hand in hand with food, and a lot of it at that. It’s a time when we indulge in Chinese delights such as poon choi (a traditional Cantonese big bowl meal), and gift items as we visit each other too. Sure, CNY will probably look a little different this year with extended social distancing restrictions, but the food remains, and as we gear up for the feasts, here’s where to find the most exciting menus you can try in Hong Kong right now.

RECOMMENDED: For more ideas this CNY, check out our ultimate guide or explore some of Hong Kong's best Chinese New Year displays.

Cobo House
Cobo House
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Cobo House

Restaurants Tsim Sha Tsui

Just in time for the festivities, Cobo House’s new menu called Chapter Three - Life Beneath Earth, is a tasting menu that focuses on root vegetables, a concept said to ‘unearth a new, lively, and hopeful start’ to CNY. Available as a four-course Silhouette Experience ($680), six-course Abstract Experience ($1,180) or eight-course Full Experience ($1,480), guests can expect some interesting dishes including a loin of lamb onion soup, Spanish octopus and beetroot chickpea mash, and sweet and zesty Sunchoke ice cream. You can also opt to pair it all with their wine with four ($620) or six ($850) glasses, or free-flow Maison Mumm RSRV Champagne ($480).

Available: January 27 to March 9

Rùn
Rùn
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Rùn

Restaurants Wan Chai

Cantonese fine-dining restaurant Rùn has launched a Lunar New Year menu with some traditional dishes for guests this year. It all starts with a ‘lo hei’ ($388) of abalone and assorted vegetables to be tossed for good luck, before dishes such as crispy lotus root with shrimp mousse, taro, and beetroot ($208), braised dried oyster in a honey glaze sauce ($128), and heartier main dishes such as stuffed baby duck ($468) with sea cucumber, abalone, conpoy, fish maw, and Chinese mushroom come to the table. 

Available: February 12-26

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Jasmine Chinese New Year
Jasmine Chinese New Year
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Jasmine

Restaurants Kowloon Tong

Adding a touch of contemporary flair to Cantonese cuisine, Jasmine gets creative for Chinese New Year with a selection of dishes and dim sum that are as tasty as they are good to look at. For dim sum, they've created 8 different types including a quartet of siu mai with a steamed minced pork and abalone version, as well as conpoy, scallop and black moss ($55/four), deep-fried salmon pastry with taro (from $45/three) and baked cheese, and lobster tarts (from $55/three) among other items. Plus, they have a fun dine-in option to takeaway in the form of a prosperity toss (from $198), or lo hei, a popular dish among Chinese communities in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Jasmine's rendition includes salmon sashimi, abalone and plenty of veggies and pickles to add crunch for four to six people. The lo hei is available for pick-up or delivery.

Available: Until February 28

Chop Chop
Chop Chop
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Chop Chop

Restaurants Fortress Hill

Chop Chop takes on the classic Chinese poon choi for CNY and serves it as a claypot ($328) rice dish instead. The pot will be packed with classic and premium Chinese ingredients including abalone, sea cucumber, fish maw, black hairy moss with dried oyster, stuffed courgettes with dry scallop, eggs, and deep-fried taro with bean curd sticks – a great way to enjoy CNY in one pot!

Available: February 1-25

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Ho Lee Fook
Ho Lee Fook
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Ho Lee Fook

Restaurants Soho

Back with their signature, yee sang platter, which is a take on the Singaporean prosperity toss (or ‘lo hei’) dish, Ho Lee Fook is making theirs with a sweet and sour yuzu and plum dressing drizzled on a salad of hamachi, green daikon, beetroot, carrot, cucumber, green shallots, coriander, sesame seeds, peanuts and crispy wonton skins. Made for two, diners can toss their salads up high in the restaurant or order it for celebrations at home. The yee sang platter comes in two sizes, for two ($258) or six ($588) and must be ordered by February 10 with the restaurant.

Available: February 12-15 for dine-in and takeaway

The Legacy House
The Legacy House
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The Legacy House

Restaurants Chinese Tsim Sha Tsui

Offering a range of Chinese New Year dim sum and dishes, The Legacy House’s festive menus for lunch and dinner has some aptly named CNY items including ‘The Three Lucky Stars’ ($120) which is made up of steamed tricolour lobster dumplings; ‘The New Year of Fortune’ ($680) which is a wok-fried Wagyu beef with black truffle and oat dish; and ‘A Felicitous Start’ with braised oyster and fish curd in abalone sauce ($460). Meanwhile, dishes such as Fu Gui Chicken ($1,388) filled with crabmeat, conpoy, Matsutake mushroom, and white fungus, and a ‘Prosperity’ poon choi which is full of luxurious items including lobster with supreme broth, South African abalone, Japan Souya scallop, braised fish maw and much more ($7,888) are available for takeaway. There is an early bird offer for online pre-order and self-pickup ($6,888) with a complimentary box of Palmiers from The Butterfly Patisserie for orders on or before January 31.

Available: A la carte February 12-26; Set menus February 12-14

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Red Lobster
Red Lobster
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Red Lobster

Restaurants Seafood Causeway Bay

This neighbourhood seafood spot is offering a ‘Good Luck CNY’ menu ($888) made for three to four people featuring somewhat ‘auspicious’ items such as the golden coloured calamari, salted egg yolk shrimp, and pumpkin soup. But that’s not all, a whole Maine lobster (which is red) is also included, along with shrimp and crab linguine (noodles for the longevity of life), grilled chicken portobello, and a 7oz grilled USDA ribeye steak (for the Year of the Ox). Regardless of how lucky it may be though, the menu is very generous and is even finished off with a Nutella Puff.

Available: February 10 to 17 for dine-in and takeaway

Smoke & Barrel
Smoke & Barrel
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Smoke & Barrel

Restaurants American Central

The American smokehouse and grill restaurant Smoke & Barrel isn’t exactly the first place that comes to mind for CNY, but with their contemporary version of a traditional poon choi ($688/person; minimum two), you probably won’t mind at all. Layered with 12-hour smoked brisket, Japanese pork belly, Texan-style baby back ribs, homemade sausage and smoked chicken, along with vegetables, this is definitely a feast for the eyes and the belly. The restaurant is also offering a seasonal special in the form of a spiced roast goose ($988) that is fit for any festive occasions. All orders must be placed 48 hours in advance.

Available: February 12-15

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The Drunken Pot
The Drunken Pot
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The Drunken Pot

Restaurants Hot pot Tsim Sha Tsui

Celebrating the occasion with their first-ever poon choi, The Drunken Pot offers two sizes made for six ($988) or twelve ($1,688) people. A choice of three different poon choi is available and come in a festive red pot filled with a broth that has simmered for eight hours. Options include a ‘Fortune Pot’ filled with the classic premium ingredients of abalone and fish maw in a homemade abalone sauce; ‘Treasure Pot’ with spicy abalone and fish Maw with spicy mala abalone sauce; and ‘Prosperity Golden Pot’ which holds over 20 different classic ingredients such as black moss and dried oyster. Aside from poon choi, the restaurant also offers The Drunken Lamb ($488), a hearty Hong Kong-style Chinese braised lamb stew. Self-pick-up is available at their Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui location, or opt for delivery via their website here. Use the discount code: TDPSD for a 20% discount on a la carte menu dishes and broths for delivery.

Available: Now until February 28

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