How To Celebrate Chinese New Year At Home
12 February marks the first day of the Chinese New Year, though inevitably the festivities are looking a little different for the year of the Ox. But it’s not all doom and gloom. From special menus to a virtual Chinese wine tasting, there’s plenty of ways to celebrate the vibrant sixteen-day festival from home.
How To Celebrate Chinese New Year At Home
Dim sum teahouse Yauatcha has something to delight everyone this Chinese New Year, from an enticing special menu – think delicious dim sum, salt and pepper quail, prawn ball crispy noodle and oxtail puff – to a selection of toothsome pineapple pastries (a nod to wealth and prosperity) and entertaining Ox face masks. An Instagram-worthy ‘Floating Lotus’ cocktail is also available to order (created in partnership with Ming River Baijiu), a sweet and inviting concoction incorporating Belvedere vodka and amaretto. The Chinese New Year menu is available across London via Yauatcha at Home for £68pp. Yauatcha’s Chinese New Year patisserie and face masks are available nationwide via Slerp, from 1-28 February 2021. yauatcha.com
67 Pall Mall’s Virtual Chinese Wine Tasting
Vinophiles will want to attend 67 Pall Mall’s Chinese New Year celebration. The private members’ club is hosting a virtual Chinese wine tasting, hosted by author of The Chinese Wine Renaissance, Janet Z. Wang, in which guests will sample six premium estate Chinese wines, uncover China’s propitious terroirs and the Chinese ‘Five Elements’ approach to wine pairing. Janet and the Lu Ban Kitchen have even prepared a ‘Heat-at-home’ Chinese New Year Banquet Box for members to enjoy, featuring a range of traditional Chinese dishes and a New Year red envelope filled with prizes. 12 February, 6pm. Register at 67pallmall.com
Hakkasan’s Month-Long Chinese New Year Celebration
‘Peace, love and sharing’ is the concept which Hakkasan is manifesting this Chinese New Year. The award-winning restaurant is delighting in a month-long celebration, delivering an array of traditional Chinese dishes to homes across London, from hero dish ‘The Celebration Garden’ – a Cantonese salad comprised of smoked eryngii mushroom carpaccio with bee pollen and plum dressing – to steamed scallop with browned butter black bean sauce. Not forgetting ‘The Mandarin’ (inspired by the Chinese tradition of offering a mandarin to loved ones at New Year), an indulgent white chocolate mousse and cacao butter dessert. Make it a night to remember and opt for a performance of lion dancers to arrive with your meal (in line with Covid guidelines of course). As for the restaurant’s ‘wishing tree’ tradition, this will take place virtually this year. The restaurant is encouraging guests to share their wishes via social media, in which one person will be selected to have their wish granted each week. Here’s hoping for a lucky start to the Lunar New Year… £88pp, available to homes across London through Hakkasan at Home, via Deliveroo, from 1-28 February. hakkasan.com
A.Wong & Gordon Cheung Studios’ Chinese New Year Art Installation
Chef-owner of Michelin-starred A. Wong Restaurant, Andrew Wong and multi-media artist Gordon Cheung have together produced an interactive art installation in celebration of Chinese New Year. “The celebrations here in London have extended over time to include the whole community, not just Chinese and for the second year in a row, we won’t be able to come together at Chinese New Year as we normally do,” Wong states. “As we are still in lockdown, Gordon and I wanted to give something back to London – something free of charge that was fun; to lift the spirits after so much sadness and just find a moment of happiness, humanity and beauty.” Created in partnership with Rémy Martin, the large-scale artwork – a vinyl mural coating A. Wong’s terrace and available to be viewed from outside the restaurant – has been inspired by both Wong and Cheung’s shared history, culture and memories of former Chinese New Year festivities. What’s more, visitors can experience the work digitally come to life by way of the Year of the Ox app, accessed via a QR code. awong.co.uk
Harvey Nichols’ Lunar New Year Hamper
For an alternative Chinese New Year indulgence, turn to Harvey Nichols’ Lunar New Year Hamper – a foodie celebration of the Year of the Ox, featuring a 10-year-old Baijiu (Chinese liquor), white Pecorino and southern French rouge. The hamper also includes Harvey Nichols’ fiery chilli & lime peanuts and cashews, green pitted olives and delectable ‘The Dark, Interesting, Exotic One’ chocolate bar to accompany the celebratory drinks. £140, harveynichols.com
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