Whether you're looking to dine out for lunch or are celebrating at home, we're letting you know the best Chinese New Year menus to indulge in this year
With the recent announcement that social distancing restrictions in Hong Kong have been extended to February 3, it's looking less and less likely that Chinese New Year celebrations will take their usual shape this year. But while dining out for dinner and gathering in large groups may be quite literally off the table, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the occasion with your nearest and dearest. From traditional menus, to modern twists and at-home sets, we're letting you know the best places to eat in Hong Kong this Chinese New Year.
Man Ho Chinese Restaurant
If you’re a lover of dim sum, don’t miss Man Ho’s specially made creations. Available for both dine-in and take away, highlights include baked dried abalone puff with wild mushrooms and baked Wagyu beef puff pastries.
The restaurant will also be serving an array of auspicious specialities to ring in the new year. Symbolising prosperity, good wealth and luck, dishes include Yusheng Abalone, braised dried oysters with black, braised oxtail in sweet and sour sauce and pan-fried Hokkaido scallop with sea urchin in lobster sauce.
When: February 12 to 20, 2021
With three-Michelin stars under its belt, T’ang Court promises to be an excellent choice for your Lunar New Year celebration. Chinese Master Chef Kwong Wai Kwong together with T’ang Court’s Executive Chef Wong Chi Fai have developed a delectable menu full of Cantonese delights, including braised Alaskan crab meat and bamboo fungus rolls filled with bird’s nest in pumpkin soup with crab roe; and sauteed scallops with asparagus, yellow fungus in taro.
T’ang Court will also be serving an array of meticulously created specialty dim sum for the occasion, including baked pastries filled with diced semi-dried oyster; black mushroom and Yunnan ham, steamed diced abalone; fish maw and black mushroom dumplings and more.
When: February 12 to February 18, 2021
With its stunning harbour views, Hutong is always a favourite when celebrating, with this Chinese New Year no exception.
The special 10-dish lunch feast begins with traditional lo hei featuring yellowfin tuna and Hokkaido scallops, with other highlights including Hutong’s signature crispy de-boned lamb ribs; and black truffle chicken served with Yunnan ham fried rice. Diners can take their experience to the next level by opting to enjoy sommelier’s Ao Yun wine pairing, which includes a glass of Champagne.
For an at-home experience, Hutong presents a special seafood poon choi in spicy and sour broth. Created to serve four to six people, the dish features Mandarin fish, Hokkaido scallops, tiger prawns, sun-dried oysters, chilled tofu, shiitake mushrooms, mung bean and bamboo shoots––with meat-lovers also able to add 180 grams of prime angus beef.
When: February 8 to February 15, 2021
If spice is more your thing, indulge this Chinese New Year in a delicious and decadent array of mains at Chilli Fagara. The Sichuan hot spot is serving a special menu for the occasion, complete with dishes created with traditional ingredients to wish diners prosperity, wealth and good fortune in the year of the golden Ox––from crispy-fried golden sea bream topped with smoked Sichuan eagle tea leaves, to whole cooked Boston red lobster and warming hot and sour soup with oxtail.
When: January 25 to February 18, 2021 (restaurant closed from February 12 to 15)
Chilli Fagara, 7 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2796 6866, chillifagara.com
Ying Jee Club
From lavish set menus to special à la carte and dim sum items, there is plenty to enjoy at Michelin-starred Ying Jee Club. The standout dish of the tempting eight-course Chinese New Year menu is the wok-fried lobster with shallot and scallion, followed by the auspicious braised e-fu noodles with enoki mushroom and conpoy.
With social distancing restrictions in place, opt for a dim sum lunch and enjoy the likes of steamed pork dumpling with shrimp and whole abalone; and pan-fried turnip cake with conpoy and air dried meat.
When: February 12 to February 15, 2021
Shop G05, 107-108, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong
If you're looking for a less traditional take on Chinese New Year dining, Zuma will be offering an array of specials for the occasion. Still promising good fortune and prosperity, dishes include roasted lobster with garlic, shiso and ponzu; Chilean sea bass with green chili ginger dressing; and robata grilled ribeye steak with wafu sauce and garlic crisps.
Over the celebratory weekend, Zuma's famed brunch will also be served as usual, complete with free-flow Champagne and plenty of sushi, sashimi and other fresh seafood.
When: February 12 to February 14, 2021
The Chinese Library
With social distancing restrictions holding strong you can still indulge in The Chinese Library's Weekend Dim Sum Lunch this Chinese New year. Featuring a range of traditional and innovative dumplings, from bao, to shao mai and cheung fun, along with hot dishes and dessert, the two-hour dim sum feast also includes free-flow Veuve Clicquot Champagne to keep the celebratory atmosphere alive.
The restaurant will also be serving five limited-edition Lunar dishes over the long weekend, which include lobster lo Hei; braised abalone and fish maw with black moss; and deep-fried sesame balls.
When: February 12 to February 12, 2021
Police Headquarters, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Putting its own spin on the classic Poon Choi, Chop Chop will be serving its own auspicious dish in the style of traditional clay pot rice. The festive Chinese New Year Chop Chop Poon Choi Clay Pot Rice will feature ingredients such as abalone, sea cucumber, fish maw, black hairy moss with dried oyster, stuffed courgette with dry scallop, eggs, and deep-fried taro with bean curd sticks. If you prefer to celebrate at home, the special dish can also be ordered online here.
When: February 1 to February 25, 2021
Chop Chop, Shop 3, G/F, 18 Wang On Road, Fortress Hill, Hong Kong; +852 3618 7718, chopchophongkong.com
The Legacy House
Rosewood's The Legacy House will be offering mouthwatering celebratory menus and hearty delicacies to impress this Chinese New Year. Coupled with sweeping views of the city, diners can enjoy the restaurant's unique take on modern cuisine and fine dining with the special lunch menu, which includes steamed minced fish dumplings––an elevated version on the classic Shunde minced fish soup; along with purple sweet potato mochi with deep fried milk custard.
An enticing menu of Chinese New Year dim sum and dishes will also be available for the celebrations, including “The Three Lucky Stars”, handmade steamed lobster tricolour dumplings; "The New Year of Fortune”, wok-fried wagyu beef with black truffle and oat; and “A Felicitous Start”, braised oyster and fish curd in abalone sauce.
When: February 12 to February 19, 2021
5/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Ho Lee Fook
Ho Lee Fook will be ushering in the new year with its signature Yee Sang Platter. Available to eat in or to order for takeaway celebrations, the colourful Singaporean dish will be made with a sweet and sour yuzu and plum dressing drizzled on top of Hamachi sashimi and a confetti of green daikon, beetroot, carrot, cucumber, green shallots, coriander, sesame seeds, peanuts and crispy wonton skins.
When: February 2 to February 15, 2021. Orders must be placed by February 10.