Sharon Reid

 

We have survived the doom and gloom of January, along with half –hearted detox attempts, so let’s start over and celebrate the New Year Chinese style (Chinese New Year 7th – 13h February) whether it is by watching the Traditional Lion Dance, attending the Magical Lantern Festival or feasting on Chinese dishes, whatever you decide be assured that celebrations will be loud and colourful.

We have compiled a mini guide of tantalising Chinese New Year menus, to help you mark the year of the Monkey:

 Where? Sauterelle, The Royal ExchangePork dish (1) Chinese NY

 Menu highlights: Executive Head Chef Stefano Leone, previously Head Chef at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong, has created three dishes drawing from different Chinese New Year traditions: Stir fried Seafood; Scallops, prawns & squid, black beans sauce, winter vegetables (£18.50). The Chinese word for black soy-beans is Kuro-mame.  Mame also means ‘health’, therefore symbolizing a wish for health in the New Year.  Other highlights include: ‘Sweet & sour’ pork fillet pancetta wrap (£18.50) and Coconut sago, pomelo, blood orange & mandarin sorbet (£7).  Furthermore, three special dishes will also be added to the menu at The Grand Café including Braised pork belly bun with coriander, peanut and mustard greens; Steamed sea bass served with ginger, shiitake mushrooms, spring onion and soy sauce and Fried turnip cake with a Hoisin and stiracha sauce. 

 Available throughout February.

 Where? Min Jiang, KensingtonMin Jiang pic

 Menu highlights: Priced at £98 per person Min Jiang’s special set menu features: Stir fried pacific clams with asparagus and steamed XO scallop dumplings, Steamed dried oyster with Chinese leaf in sea moss sauce and Roasted chicken in yellow bean and dried orange peel sauce.

Set menu available on the 7th and 8th February for dinner (lunch shall remain as normal) and will be available on pre order only for the remaining dates of Chinese New Year.

Where? Hutong, The ShardPhoto credit: Paul Winch-Furness

 Menu highlights: Award- winning Hutong – which specialises in Northern Chinese cuisine, will host a series of Chinese New Year events, including the celebratory set menu priced at £88, 8 being considered the luckiest number in Chinese tradition. Expect: Seafood won -ton served with garlic chilli sauce, Red lantern soft shell crab, Crispy de-boned lamb ribs and Beef fillet in classic Sichuan pickle -chilli sauce.  The special dinner will be accompanied by a traditional lion dance, to ward off nian or evil spirits, as well as Chinese musicians and noise-makers. A Chinese calligrapher will be creating personalised items for guests to take away. Hutong will also offer special Year of the Monkey wishing cards and the traditional candy box.

Set menu available from the 8th February.

 

For reservations and further information please visit:

 

www.royalexchange-grandcafe.co.uk

www.minjiang.co.uk

hutong.co.uk