I think we can all safely say that we’re looking forward to a bigger and brighter Year of the Ox. While things like working from home, online schooling, and travel restrictions are set to continue into the new year, the upcoming holidays will hopefully give us time to relax, reflect, and recalibrate. Family gatherings and traditional dishes are at the heart of Chinese New Year celebrations, and while things may look a little different this year, restaurants are doing their best to keep things festive. From replacing family dinners with socially distanced lunches to getting creative with stuff like take-home hotpot, Little Steps has compiled a list of our Top 10 CNY dining and takeaway options in Hong Kong this year.
Celebrate the incoming Year of the Ox as a family at the happiest place on earth. "Poon Choi" takeaway is available in February on a first-come-first-serve basis, using delectable ingredients such as sea cucumber, braised abalone, and conpoy. Order your feast before February 5 and receive complimentary house-made sauce along with 15th-anniversary Disney chopsticks.
For those who prefer to dine at the Disneyland Hotel, Crystal Lotus is transporting guests back in time with their Premium Chinese Tea and Dim Sum Set Experience. Guests will be taught the etiquette of tea tasting by a tea master, featuring "kung fu" tea and tuck into a delicious selection of dim sum.
Crystal Lotus, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, Magic Road, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, +852 3510 6000, www.hongkongdisneyland.com
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong's Executive Chinese Chef, Chan Hon Cheong, has come up with an exciting assortment of Chinese New Year goodies to ring in the Lunar New Year. Three superior gift hampers (from HK$1,388) top the list of celebrations, featuring gourmet items such as premium Champagne, deluxe dried seafood, homemade X.O. chili sauce, and a variety of Chinese teas to suit every palate.
Pudding Gift Sets (from HK$258) are up next, featuring an authentic coconut pudding that is a traditional staple during the Lunar New Year, as well as everyone's favorite turnip cake combining dried shrimp, cured meat, and Chinese sausage.
Grand Hyatt's Chinese restaurant, One Harbour Road, is launching its own version of "Poon Choi" takeaway made for four to six people to enjoy at home. Additionally, from February 8 to 21, the restaurant will serve up a fine selection of Chinese New Year dim sums and traditional dishes. And last on their list is an assortment of Chinese New Year sweet treats ranging from a takeaway afternoon tea set (HK$438) to festive cakes (HK$68).
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2588 1234, email@example.com (Poon Choi takeaway), firstname.lastname@example.org (puddings, hampers, afternoon tea set, and cakes), email@example.com (table reservations), www.hyatt.com
Contemporary Spanish restaurant La Rambla by Catalunya is offering a brand-new CNY inspired menu. The La Subasta Del Buey Brunch will be offered on February 13-14 from 11am-3:30pm (last seating), and with the Year of the Ox in mind, will have a strong focus on beef dishes such as Spanish Beef Skewer and Wagyu Beef Cheek Paella amongst others. Brunch is priced at HK$780 + 10% per adult, HK$390 + 10% for children 8-12, and complimentary for kids under 7. You can also slide into the new year with alcoholic free flow options starting at HK$380 per guest.
For those who prefer to avoid dining out entirely during these Covid times, La Rambla is offering a unique private home dining experience with takeaway sets to be shared by groups of two (HK$1,050), four (HK$2,800), and eight (HK$4,800) guests. Highlights of this unique menu include Avocado Lobster, Truffle Bikini, Red Prawn Squid Ink Paella, and Traditional Suckling Pig. Delivery is available from February 1-16, 2021 only.
Iconic American seafood staple Red Lobster is celebrating the new year in style with a menu of auspicious dishes said to bring luck, wealth, and good health. Priced at a lucky HK$888, the feast can be shared between 3-4 people and features dishes such as Golden Calamari and Salted Egg Yolk Shrimp. Adding their own Red Lobster twist to the Chinese tradition of eating a whole fish over the new year, Red Lobster takes things one step further by serving up a Whole Maine Lobster. Shrimp and Crab Linguini play tribute to the custom of eating noodles, and in tribute to the Year of the Ox, a Grilled USDA Ribeye Steak is also on the menu. This Lunar New Year menu is available from February 10-17, 2021 for both dine-in and takeaway.
Trendy hotpot restaurant The Drunken Pot is jumping on the "Poon Choi" wagon, offering this winter specialty for the first time this year. This new year tradition's premium variations are on offer, perfect for stay-at-home family gatherings, and are available through February 28, 2021. The sets are priced at HK$988 for six or HK$1,688 for twelve guests and are presented in a tailor-made, red festive pot with broth that has been simmered for eight hours.
The 'Fortune Pot - Classic Abalone & Fish Maw' comes with homemade classic abalone sauce, 'Treasure Pot - Spicy Abalone & Fish Maw' is a fiery version of the classic, and 'Prosperity Golden Pot' embraces over 20 classic ingredients. For those who don't have all the equipment necessary for a home hotpot extravaganza, you can rent a gas cooker for the evening by paying a deposit. Also included is a serving of the brand's signature Salted Egg Yolk Fish Cracklings with the 6-person set and Singapore-style Pepper Shrimp Fish Cracklings with the larger set. In addition to Poon Choi, The Drunken Pot is also serving up 'The Drunken Lamb' (HK$488), a hearty version of Hong Kong-style Braised Lamb Stew, a popular winter dish.
Restaurant 1, 2/F, 8 Observatory Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2321 9038
27/F V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2321 9038
Chinese dining icon, Hutong, is offering a multi-course Chinese New Year lunch this year from February 8-15. Featuring dishes such as "Lo Hei," a traditional Chinese New Year tossed salad with Yellowfin Tuna and Hokkaido Scallop, Hunan Steamed Cod, Alaskan King Crab Meat, and Black Truffle Chicken, this 10-course indulgence is sure to start the new year off right. The menu comes in at HK$850 + 10% per person, with the option of adding an Ao Yun Wine Pairing for HK$888.
February brunches will also include a series of traditional feature acts such as Noodle Pulling and Dim Sum (February 12-13, 15), Chinese Sugar Painting Workshop (February 20, 26), and Chinese Rainbow Calligraphy (February 21, 28).
Hutong, 28/F One Peking, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong +852 3428 8342, www.hutong.com.hk
Upscale eatery Duddell offers two special CNY takeaway sets from February 5-28, starting at HK$2,480, serving four guests. The sets include delectable dishes such as Pork Loin Soup, Braised Goose Palm, and Braised Whole Conpoy. The second set comes in at HK$3,680 for four guests and includes luxury items such as Braised South African Abalone.
Duddell's has also created its own "Poon Choi" version for takeaway starting at HK$2,580 for eight guests and going up to HK$10,880 for the Deluxe version that includes Braised Whole Yoshihama Abalone. Orders can be made through Jia Everywhere, delivery on February 10-15 requires three-days advance notice, and diners can receive 10% off for self pick up using the code PICKUP10 on check out.
You can also usher in the Year of the Ox with handmade CNY cakes made by the Duddell's team. The cakes come in three flavors: turnip cake, New Year cake, and taro cake, and are packaged in beautifully designed limited-edition boxes by G.O.D. resembling old-school Chinese tea and soup bowls.
Whilst not your traditional Chinese New Year feast, Italian staple Pizza Express offers a special Chinese New Year menu from February 1-28, 2021. Starting at HK$315 and serving 2-3 people, the menu includes staples such as pizza, a mixed salad, and Pizza Express's famous dough balls with Nutella. There are four different sized takeaway sets, with the largest serving 25 people and coming in at HK$3,888 - not that we recommend dining as a group of 25 these days!
For those who care to dine in for lunch, the Fortune Set (HK$588) includes a special Chinese New Year starter of Burrata, Parma Ham and Baked Peaches; a choice of two main dishes; and two drinks.
If you're looking to tuck into exquisite Chinese cuisine in a stunning environment, The Legacy House at Rosewood Hong Kong is a firm favorite of ours. From February 12-14, the restaurant is offering a Chinese New Year Delights lunch set menu (HK$880 + 10% per person) comprised of delicacies such as Braised Bird's Nest Soup, Steamed Scallops with Caviar and Lobster Broth, Poached Inaniwa Udon in Fish Soup, and Sweet Potato Mochi to cap off the meal.
From February 8-26 (1 day's advance notice required), The Legacy House is also offering takeaway sets at HK$6,088 + 10% for six people and HK$11,088 + 10% for twelve. The sets include CNY specialties such as a Pan-Fried Whole Dance Fish and Stir-Fried Fish Noodles with a Whole Roasted Peking Duck thrown in for good measure.
Renowned for being the world's first Chinese restaurant to be awarded three Michelin stars, it's not a surprise that Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong is going above and beyond this Lunar New Year. Chef Chan Yan Tak has created an exquisite Chinese New Year Tasting Menu (HK$1,680 + 10% per person) featuring dishes such as Crispy Suckling Pig with Chinese Pancake, Double-Boiled Almond Soup with Chicken, and Braised South African Abalone and Australian Wagyu Beef Cheek. There are Year of the Ox recommendations available a la carte such as Whole Crispy Pigeon and Braised Sea Cucumber with Pig's Tongue and Mushrooms.
For those who are looking for something simpler, Lung King Heen has also put together a special Chinese New Year Dim Sum menu with traditionally-inspired dishes such as Baked Barbecue Pork Tartlet with Sea Moss, and Baked Whole Abalone Puff with Diced Chicken.
Lung King Heen, The Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 3196 8882, www.fourseasons.com