Chinese New Year 2016: Who’s celebrating?

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The Staff Canteen

Editor 8th February 2016
The Chinese New Year of 2016 is kicking off on the 8th of February, celebrating the year of the monkey. Find out who is offering special dinners, including Hutong and The Royal Exchange.  Restaurants around the UK are welcoming in HT02. Hutong Table settingthe New Year with red lanterns, lion dance displays, and of course special types of food. Be prepared to try a lot of seafood dishes, as fish is said to bring you good luck into the coming New Year. So here is a rundown of all the different restaurants you can visit this Chinese New Year. Hutong This award-winning Northern Chinese restaurant, located at The Shard in London, have already started cleaning as part of Chinese New Year tradition. Hutong’s week long celebration will be providing guests with their Double Happiness menu, which will feature Lo Hei mixed raw seafood salad. This year guests have a choice of sweet plum sauce or a Hutong-style fiery chilli sauce to accompany the salad. With each salad, the restaurant will be providing a pair of free, extra-long chopsticks. The number eight is considered to be the luckiest number as it means to prosper. So the restaurant are charging £88 for their set menu. The meal shall also include a fun for all the family lion dance, which wards off evil spirits, otherwise known as nian. On the 8th of February, guests will receive a red pocket envelope containing gifts and treats. Not to mention that one lucky table will receive their entire bill complimentary.Photo credit: Paul Winch-Furness From the 5th through to the 14th of February, the chain is hosting Baijiu Cocktail week in London, coinciding with the Chinese New Year. They will offer guests the most popular spirit in the world, China’s Fire Water to welcome the year of the Monkey, a year that signifies good health and opportunities. Guests will also be able to drink baijiu, which is widely popular in China. The distilled white spirit is still unfamiliar in the London area, but is known to mark celebrations and is said to strengthen bonds for thousands of years. Hutong is part of the ever growing restaurant chain, Aqua Restaurant Group, which has other restaurants in Beijing and Hong Kong. A Singaporean-born, British lawyer named David Yeo opened one of the first of his restaurants in 2000. The name Aqua originated because the owner wanted to take guests back to the basic element of cooking, which is water. Special Chinese New Year at The Royal Exchange Sauterelle is offering guests throughout February a special Chinese New Year menu. With years of experience in Hong Kong restaurants, Executive Head Chef Stefano Leone designed the menu provided from the 1st until the 29th of this month himself.Sauterelle RoyExchD&D0680 3 There are three dishes, which are made to represent different traditions and superstitions practised at Chinese New Year. A great example is his Stir fried seafood of scallops, prawns & squid, black beans sauce, winter vegetables, priced at £18.50. The Chinese word for black soybeans is Kuro-mame, which also means health, and therefore symbolising a wish for this in the New Year. There will also be delicious dishes such as Sweet and sour pork fillet pancetta wrap for £18.50, as well as Coconut sago, pomelo, blood orange & mandarin sorbet for pudding, at £7. An additional three special dishes 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. This Chinese New Year, you will be spoilt for choice at The Royal Exchange with your unique dining experience, so do not hesitate to book a table via telephone or email, which is available on their website. Chai Wu Chai Wu imageThis contemporary pan-Asian restaurant will be offering guests a luxurious seven course meal to celebrate the beginning of the Chinese New Year. They will be using nothing but high quality ingredients from London’s well known, high class department store, Harrods. Dishes shall include a tasty Oyster tempura with Sichuan peppercorn sauce, and wagyu steak with grilled asparagus. The restaurant will be welcoming in the New Year with bookings available to dine on the 7th of February until the 14th, priced at £88 per person. Min Jiang This Chinese restaurant is situated in the heart of fashionable Kensington, and offers a beautiful view over Kensington Gardens.Min Jiang pic Min Jiang will serve a special set menu to celebrate the Year of the Monkey, including dishes such as 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. Traditionally, the day before Chinese New Year is the most important meal across China as it a time to reunite families. Min Jiang has recognised this as tables are available for bookings on the New Year’s Eve on the 7th and Chinese New Year on the 8th of February, priced at £98 per person. By Ashleigh Rigden

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Editor 8th February 2016

Chinese New Year 2016: Who’s celebrating?