CNY dinners in Hong Kong: Where to pig out for the Year of the Pig

(From top left, clockwise) Chinese New Year menus available at Yum Cha, Ming Court, Madam S’ate, and CÉ LA VIE. (Photos via GHC Asia, Cordis Hotels, and Spice Marketing)
(From top left, clockwise) Chinese New Year menus available at Yum Cha, Ming Court, Madam S’ate, and CÉ LA VIE. (Photos via GHC Asia, Cordis Hotels, and Spice Marketing)

Whether you’re looking to go into feast mode with family or friends, or want to keep it casual by ordering festive foods a la carte for two, there are a ton of options in town for Chinese New Year meals.

Here are some of the spots that stood out to us while we were looking for a good place to celebrate the Year of the Pig. Happy eating, y’all.

 

Sharing dishes, no set price

Yum Cha

Dim Sum chain Yum Cha is known for its Instagram-friendly dim sum dishes. For Chinese New Year, they’ll be serving share-able dishes that include deep-fried sticky dumplings with minced pork and shrimp, deep-fried oyster with honey and black pepper, goldfish shrimp dumplings, slow-braised pork knuckle with black moss and vegetables, Chinese ham and minced pork puffs, BBQ piggy buns, and a smoked salmon prosperity toss.

Address: 3/F, Attitude on Granville, No. 20-22 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon; Shop 07, Level 4A, Langham Place, Mongkok, Kowloon; Shop 1-2, 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central; 2/F, Emperor Watch & Jewellery Ctr., 8 Russell Street, Causeway Bay
Reservations: +852 2751 1666 and tst@yumchahk.com; +852 2818 1099
 and langham@yumchahk.com; +852 3708 8081
 and central@yumchahk.com; +852 2323 1288 and cwb@yumchahk.com
Dates: Feb 15-19

 

Ming Court

Michelin-starred Chinese banquet hall Ming Court will be preparing a Cantonese feast that includes lunch time dim sum dishes like steamed lobster and scallop dumpling with crab roe and egg white and pan-fried Yunnan black truffle and assorted mushroom bun. For lunch and dinner, there’s a whole abalone with fish maw, sea cucumber, shiitake mushroom, dried oyster, conpoy and lettuce-braised in clay pot; baked stuffed sea whelk with parmesan cheese; and roast pork knuckle.

There are also vegetarian options using Omnipork, a plant-based option made with peas, non-GMO soybeans, mushrooms and rice. These dishes include braised Omnipork bamboo pith roll; deep-fried salted egg yolk with Omnipork; pan-fried lotus root and water chestnut with Omnipork; stir-fried Omnipork with assorted vegetables and Chinese cabbage. Click here for the Chinese New Year dim sum menu, and Click here for the Chinese New Year dinner menu. Ming Court will also some Chinese New Year hampers priced between HK$1,088 to HK$1,888. Click here to check them out.

Address: 6F, Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok
Reservations: +852 3552 3028 or cdhkg.restaurants@cordishotels.com
Dates: From Feb 2-14

 

Dragon Noodles Academy

Lobster and wonton noodle restaurant Dragon Noodles Academy (DNA) will be serving a special Chinese New Year menu that includes festive poon choi; sliced abalone and smoked salmon prosperity toss; giant grouper and shrimp dumpling with lotus root puff; steamed shrimp dumplings; deep-fried oyster, fish maw and black moss toast; wok-fried lobster with salted egg yolk, baked abalone puff, and steamed giant grouper.

Address: Shop no. G04, G/F, Man Yee Arcade, Man Yee Building, 68 Des Voeux Road Central, Central
Reservations: +852 2561 6688 or Central@dragon-noodles.com
Dates: Feb 15-19

 

YUÈ

This dim sum restaurant will be serving dishes that include barbecued Spanish Iberico pork with mullet roe on ginger jelly; pan-fried sea cucumber stuffed with US organic pork; steamed turnip ball with minced mangalica; braised sliced abalone rolled with Miyazaki pork belly; deep-fried scallops with minced Spanish Iberico pork; Yunnan ham and fresh pear; honey-glazed barbecued Miyazaki; Fortune Chicken (which needs to be ordered two days in advance; and Chinese New Year puddings.

Address: 1/F, City Garden Hotel, 9 City Garden Road, North Point
Reservations: +852 2806 4918 or yue@citygarden.com.hk
Dates: Feb 5-19

 

Set menus for sharing, fixed prices

SHÈ

Contemporary Chinese restaurant SHÈ opened not too long ago, and with its prime harborside view, it’s one of the best places to watch the Lunar New Year fireworks show. Dishes on offer include dim sum (which are fancy contemporary versions of typical dim sum fare, like pork siu mai with caviar and caviar shrimp toast), soups, and banquet hall-style favorites like fish maw soup, wok-fried lobster noodles, and others. Here’s the menu if you want to see everything that’s included. Bookings required.

Address: Portion A of Shop 3025-3026 & 3031-3066 (Lane Crawford Beauty & Wellbeing); 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central
Reservations: +852 2110 0153
Dates: Until Feb 7

Price: HK$2,688 to HK$6,888 (for six people) HK$4,688 to HK$12,888 (for 12 people)

 

Redhouse

Redhouse is the sister restaurant to the newly-opened contemporary Chinese restaurant SHÉ. Alongside classic items like dim sum, roast meats, seafood and vegetarian dishes, they’ll be serving up some classic like the wok-fried whole lobster in house-made spicy XO sauce. Here’s the menu (Chinese only).

Address: 23/F, California Tower, 32 D’aguilar Street, Central
Reservations: +852 2344 2366
Dates: TBC
Price: HK$1,680 (set menu for six people to share) HK$4,688 to HK$9,388 (set menu for 12 people to share)

 

Zuma

If you’ve got to do CNY dinner at home, then here’s a holiday dining option for the daytime — Japanese restaurant Zuma’s CNY “Baikingu brunch” with free flow champagne, wine, sake, and beer. For the Lunar New Year edition, the kitchen’s replacing their usual brunch entrees with (apparently) more auspicious dishes like grilled hamachi or teriyaki salmon. Guests can choose from one of these mains, and the other dishes — hot and cold appetizers, tempura, sushi, and sashimi — are available through a buffet spread.

Address: Level 5&6 Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Reservations: +852 3657 6388
Dates: Feb 6-7, 11am-4:30pm; maximum 2.5 hours per table seating
Price: HK$838 per person; HK$250 for children age 4-10

 

Set menus, fixed prices

CÉ LA VIE

LKF restaurant CÉ LA VIE will be serving up this six-course Chinese New Year meal that includes the restaurant’s take of the ‘lo hei’ salad which includes salmon, tuna and yellow tail sashimi served with cashew nuts, sesame seeds and a honey plum sauce; four fresh oysters served on ice with smoked ikura, coriander, chili, and negi (a kind of Japanese spring onion), roasted duck breast placed on top of a bone broth soup, with winter melon, ginger and watercress; steamed Asian sea bass, taro root, lily bulbs and shiitake mushrooms, with Chinese sausage and crushed chilies, giving the dish a deep and spicy kick; slow-roasted ribeye coated in black truffle teriyaki glaze, served with pumpkin purée and sweet, crispy shallots; a butterfly pea flower soup, with sweet sesame dumplings; and for dessert, tangyuan dumplings served cold and with red bean ice cream.

Address: 25/F California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar St, Central
Reservations: +852 3700 2300
Dates: Until Feb 28, excluding Feb 14-17
Price: HK$688 per person

 

Madam S’ate

This al fresco restaurant serving international and European cuisine will be serving up a three-course meal for guests, complete with wine from an extensive wine list and novel cocktails. Starters include a choice of white corn soup, a Wagyu beef Caesar salad, and a potted rillette and foie gras parfait. For mains there’s a choice of French duck breast, confit salmon, and roast lamb rum. Finish off the meal with a chocolate layer cake. Available for dinner only.

Address: Civic Square, Rooftop Elements Shopping Mall, Kowloon
Reservations: info@sate.com.hk or +852 2537 7555
Dates: Feb 5-7
Price: HK$370 (per guest)

 

Big Sur

From a polenta-crusted flash-fried squid to a ginger and turmeric-cured pork belly are just some of the dishes you can order to share at Californian restaurant and craft beer bar Big Sur.

Address: G/F, 22 Staunton Street, Soho, Central
Reservations: +852 2529 3100
Dates: Feb 5-7
Price: HK$350 per guest

 

Bathers

This Lantau Island beachfront restaurant will be serving up a three-course seafood set dinner for Chinese New Year. Starters include roasted scallops, Atlantic Crab or half a dozen Coffin Bay Australian Oysters. For mains, there’s a classic bouillabaisse to share, and for dessert it’s either a chocolate and orange ganache torte or lemon mascarpone cheesecake. Guests can also add a glass of NV Janisson & Fils Tradition Brut Champagne to their meal.

Address: 32, Lower Cheung Sha Village, South Lantau
Reservations: +852 2504 4788
Dates: Feb 5-7
Price: HK$380 per guest; additional HK$100 for champagne add-on

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