While better fortune falling on us in the Year of the Metal Ox remains to be seen, one thing we can be sure of is that good food awaits us all. Here are our picks.
It’s Nian Gao season! Welcoming the year of the Ox is an important culinary affair that calls for generous servings of long noodles, roasted duck, and sweet, sweet tikoy to really maximize that luck. So step up your CNY celebration with some feast-worthy dishes at home or while dining out safely. Here are our picks for your Lunar New Year lauriat.
Grand Hyatt Manila
No. 8 China House opens for a limited time to host your Lunar New Year feast with a festive menu of Peking duck, Chinese BBQ, homemade dim sum and Cantonese seafood—all cooked fresh and hot right in front of you. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner patrons from February 11 to 14. For those who want to make their CNY a brunch affair, you can avail their Chinese-inspired Lunar Afternoon Tea at The Lounge that comes with Hong Kong egg tarts and other sweet and savory pastries. For lighter celebratory treats Grand Hyatt Manila also offers a twist on the classic Nian Gao with their flavored variants such as coconut, ube, and pandan.
For order and reservations inquiries, contact Grand Hyatt Manila at +632 8838 1234 or email [email protected].
For those with a larger appetite, Spectrum at Fairmont Makati will be serving up a buffet a la minute with Chinese celebratory fare from February 8 to 12. The Chinese New Year Brunch includes Szechuan chicken, steamed fish with a light soy broth, and the ever-popular beef with broccoli and peppers. To add to the festive mood (and for a longer life) are Chow Mien noodles with bok choy and Shiitake mushrooms; and pork and vegetable spring rolls. To finish are sweets such as mango sago and buchi.
For more information and reservations, please call 7795 1840 or email [email protected]
Decadence is the keyword that Lung Hin worked with to come up with their special sets. To welcome the year of the Metal Ox, Marco Polo offers two distinct and equally festive sets. The Good Fortunate Set includes dishes like baked slipper lobster in supreme stock, braised South African abalone with black mushroom, and crispy suckling pig with chilled marinated jelly fish. On the other hand, Prosperity Set offers dishes such as sautéed tiger prawns with homemade sweet chili sauce, deep-fried Japanese oysters in wasabi sauce, and crispy roasted baby duck. To add to your sets are a la carte dishes that complete the Lunar New Year feast such as deep-fried crispy Hong Kong pigeon, Prosperity Toss with Salmon Yu Sheng, and crispy Garoupa fillet in corn sauce.
Dine-in reservations and takeaway orders can be made via via (632) 7720 7777 and [email protected].
Shangri-La at the Fort
For those staying at home for their celebrations, Wang’s Kitchen at Shang Fort offers a Prosperity Home Dinner that showcases the best of Executive Chef Wang Wei Qing’s talents. Enjoy an intimate feast at home with Braised Seafood Soup with Crab Roe and Fish Maw, Guangdong Fire-roasted Duck, Canton Road’s Signature Fried Rice, Crispy Wasabi coated Prawn Balls with Mango Pearls, and US Beef Tenderloin with Foie Gras in Crispy Garlic Pepper Sauce. This special menu is available until February 15 with a 24-hour lead time for delivery. Canton Road is also offering Nian Gao hampers to fill that tikoy craving. The hampers come with two flavors of Nian Gao, Coconut Nian Gao (Double Fish) and Radish.
For inquiries and arrangements, email [email protected] or call 091SLFMEATS (09175363287).
The Peninsula Manila
As a sweet finale, the ingenious pastry chefs at The Peninsula offer a lush creation with their edible tree made from Auro Chocolate. The delectable sculptures—both of which are traditional Lunar New Year symbols of luck—come in the form of a Mandarin Orange Tree or a Lucky Money Tree. Each “orange” on the tree is filled with mandarin-flavored ganache while each coin adorning the Lucky Money Tree is embossed with a goldfish made with dark chocolate coated with edible gold dust.
For inquiries and orders, contact The Peninsula Manila at +63 (2) 8887 2888 (trunk line), +63 2 8887 5747 (The Peninsula Boutique), or email [email protected]