Can’t decide on where to eat for the upcoming Chinese New Year holidays? Here’s the best new menus to consider.

First-day-of-the-year hikes for auspicious, well-intended prospects. Designated colour palettes. Dinner table customs. New clothes. Chinese New Year is a holiday riddled with traditions, if not also endless gatherings with tables upon tables of food. However celebrations may look like this year on a festival centred around visiting friends and family, there’s bound to be heaps of your favourite dishes. Below are some Chinese New Year menus to note.

Yung’s Bistro 

Bringing a contemporary touch to age-old traditions, modern Cantonese restaurant Yung’s Bistro is tapping into the time-honoured tradition of the renowned Yung Kee brand with a Chinese New Year lunch set designed for two (HK$900). The six-course menu welcomes good fortune and happiness for the new year with an array of beloved Cantonese dishes tinkered with symbolic means, including a dim sum platter with shrimp dumplings and baked barbecue pork pie, double-boiled soup flavoured with cordyceps flower, fish maw and black mushrooms and braised conpoy. The crackly and crispy claypot rice from Yung’s Bistro is also a worthy mention and will double as the traditional poon choi centrepiece. Topped with cured goose liver sausage and pork sausage, it makes for a warming, comforting dish anchored on the season’s most loved delicacies.

Yung’s Bistro, Shop 701, 7/F, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2321 3800

Smoke & Barrel

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Wyndham Street’s resident American smokehouse, Smoke & Barrel, is sharing its modern take on a traditional Chinese New Year menu. Arranging a traditional poon choi (HK$688) layered with the soft, succulents morsels fired up in the restaurant’s signature ‘The Beast’ smoker, the classic mushrooms- , cabbages- and green-based casserole is topped with the likes of 12-hour smoked brisket, Japanese pork belly, Texan-style baby back ribs, homemade sausage and smoked chicken. On the side, a seasonal special recreation of a local favourite: roasted goose (HK$988), which is also, of course, smoked with an additional coating of a secret spice blend and glazed with sorghum molasses and Hong Kong honey for good measure — orders must be placed 48 hours in advance. 

Smoke & Barrel, 2/F, Wyndham Mansion, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2866 2120

Chilli Fagara

new eats chinese new year menus

Should dampened Chinese New Year celebration yearn for meals that deliver a fragrant, more flavourful punch, Sichuan mala specialist Chilli Fagara is rolling out with a fiery festive menu of its own. Prepared in the restaurant mouth-numbing, throat-burning style, the menu highlights Sichuan cuisine mainstays while addressing the auspicious nature of the holiday: The Year of the Ox is welcomed with a hot-and-sour soup (HK$108) prepared with oxtail (牛年運到); wealth-bringing luck is instilled in a deboned pork knuckles (橫財就手) dish tossed in house-blend of dried chilli and spices (HK$268); while the Boston lobster (游龍獻瑞), tied to represent the lucky dragon dance, is de-shelled, cubed and set in a bed of coriander and Sichuan chilli oil (HK$268). Take a browse through the menu here and spot playful puns in replacement of the restaurant’s otherwise nondescript dish names. 

Chilli Fagara, 7 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2796 6866

Mott 32

new eats chinese new year menus

Highbrow Chinese contemporary dining Mott 32 ushers in the Year of the Ox with a specially curated eight-dish menu (eight being homophonic to prosperity and wealth) prepared by executive chef Lee Man-Sing. Taking the festive tradition further in innovative, modern strides, on the menu is a seasonal selection of Chinese New Year favourites, including braised giant garoupa prepared with pork belly and crispy tofu skin, crabmeat E-fu noodles in soup and Boston lobster ‘lo fu’ salad served with Australian abalone. Customised menus can also be curated to include dishes from the restaurant’s beloved mainstays — crispy-skin duck; barbecue Iberico pork —  or from a newly released menu of plant-based plates. Mott 32’s Chinese New Year menu is available 12 through 26 February. 

Mott 32, Basement, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2885 8688  

Ying Jee Club

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For a taste of good ol’ tradition, two-Michelin starred Ying Jee Club’s executive chef Siu Hin Chi has designed a selection of limited-time dishes to usher in the Year of the Ox, including exclusive eight-course menus for bigger groups of 10 (HK$12,888) or smaller parties (HK$2,288) as well. Filled with the fine-dining establishment’s moreish Cantonese recipes, the dishes are labelled in creative names that nod towards auspicious idiomatic expressions. See seasonal offerings like braised abalone layered over sea moss and sun-dried oyster for a side serving of luck and prosperity, along with scallop- and caviar-stuffed taro puff that represents Chinese gold ingots and silver coins. Cantonese crowd favourites like crispy suckling pig, wok-fried lobster and double-boiled bird’s nest with fish maw also make an appearance.

Ying Jee Club, G05, 107 & 108, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2801 6882

Lorria Sahmet
Style Editor
Two years of covering luxury retail later, Lorria is thrilled to continue writing about what she loves best: fashion and food. When not roaming around garden centres hauling back new plants for her indoor jungle, she is most likely hunting down the best fries in the city. She's happiest by the ocean with a fishbowl glass of ice-cold Aperol spritz.