Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong offers a variety of events for guests over the Chinese New Year holiday to make the arrival of the Year of the Snake a memorable occasion.
Brand New, Innovative Chinese New Year Pudding and Cake Flavours
This year, Executive Chinese Chef Mok Kit Keung at the Michelin two-star Shang Palace and Pastry Chef Wins Hung infuse a creative twist to the traditional Chinese New Year pudding and bakery of the season, and prepare for guests an innovative range of new products to welcome the Year of the Snake.
Offering gourmets something lavish and extravagant to celebrate the Chinese New Year, Shang Palace presents the first-ever 24-carat Golden Bar Pudding (in coconut flavour) at the price of HK$33,888. Limited to three pieces only, the entire golden bar pudding is coated with edible gold leaf, and each comes with two pieces of real 24-carat gold coins embossed with the logo of Shang Palace. All orders for this special edition pudding must be placed and paid for seven days in advance. Also available in small quantities, the 999.9 Golden Bar Pudding (in coconut flavour) is priced at HK$1,388 and each has two pieces of golden marzipan embossed with the logo of Shang Palace.
As the coffee trend continues to grow in popularity across the city, Chef Mok introduces Blue Mountain Coffee Pudding, another inventive addition to the pudding family using high-quality Jamaican coffee powder.
“Breaking through the boundary is my motto and I always like to incorporate Western ingredients into traditional Chinese culinary culture. A coffee lover or not, guests will find the unique aroma of Blue Mountain coffee alluring,” said Chef Mok.
In addition to the new pudding categories, Pastry Chef Wins Hung also put his creative hat on and designed a Fortune Cake reminiscent of the Chinese New Year must-have fruit – mandarin orange. Made with layers of almond sponge cake and mandarin flavoured cream, the auspicious cake is covered with white chocolate sprayed with edible orange food colouring. “The Fortune Cake in Mandarin Shape is the result of our effort to constantly come up with a product that is out of the ordinary, and hopefully, to set a new trend for the Chinese New Year. The cake can be enjoyed with Chinese or Western tea, coffee or any other drink. In Cantonese, mandarin orange is pronounced as “kum” which literally means gold. It signifies wealth, abundance and prosperity for the New Year. With its symbolic connotation and delectable sweet taste, this cake appeals to guests of all ages,” said Chef Wins.
Chinese New Year Cookies and Hampers
Depicting uniqueness, completeness, elitism and togetherness, the Chinese Zodiac Oneness cookies are made with white lotus seed paste or red bean paste and crispy biscuits, and brushed with gold powder that is believed to be good for health and complexion. Guests can place orders in person at Shang Palace or at the Chinese New Year Shop located in the hotel lobby, or by telephone on (852) 2733 8754. Guests confirming orders before 19 January 2013 will enjoy a 25 per cent discount on all Chinese New Year puddings and a 20 per cent discount on all Chinese New Year hampers and gift packs. Guests confirming orders before 30 January 2013 will enjoy a 20 per cent discount on all Chinese New Year puddings and a 15 per cent discount on all Chinese New Year hampers and gift packs.
The selection of cookies and puddings available includes:
• 24-Carat Golden Bar Pudding (non-discounted item) HK$33,888
• 999.9 Golden Bar Pudding (non-discounted item) HK$1,388
• Blue Mountain Coffee Pudding (1.16 kilograms) HK$218
• Fortune Cake in Mandarin Shape (2 pounds) (non-discounted item) HK$328
• Chinese Zodiac Oneness Cookies (non-discounted item) HK$388
• Turnip Pudding with Whole Abalone (1.16 kilograms) HK$408
• Turnip Pudding (1.16 kilograms) HK$238
• Taro Pudding (1.16 kilograms) HK$238
• Traditional Chinese New Year Pudding (1.16 kilograms) HK$218
• Water Chestnut Pudding (1.16 kilograms) HK$218
Two Spring Dinner Menus
From 1 to 28 February 2013, Michelin two-star Shang Palace presents guests with two auspicious spring set dinner menus, specially created by Executive Chinese Chef Mok Kit Keung to delight the discerning palate. Priced at HK$8,888 per table of 12 people, the 10-course set menu features Barbecued Whole Suckling Pig or Chilled Fresh Sliced Salmon with Pomelo, Chinese Pickles and Young Ginger; Braised Shredded Fish Maw in Chicken Broth with Bird’s Nest; Stewed Sliced Abalone with Dried Oysters with Lettuce; Steamed Twin Spotted Garoupa; Sautéed and Deep-Fried Prawns with Green Vegetables; Roasted Chicken with Crispy Lotus Roots; Fried Sticky Rice with Air Dried Meat; Stewed E-Fu Noodles Flavoured with Abalone Sauce; Sweetened Cashew Nuts with Sesame Dumplings; and Chinese Petits Fours.
Priced at HK$10,888 per table of 12 people, the highlights of the second set menu include Chilled Fresh Sliced Salmon with Pomelo, Chinese Pickles and Young Ginger or Lobster with Fresh Fruit Salad; Braised Imperial Bird’s Nest with Crab Coral and Bamboo Pith; Braised Whole Abalone with Foie Gras in Oyster Sauce; Steamed Twin Spotted Garoupa; Sautéed Scallops and Sea Conch with Assorted Mushrooms in XO Chilli Sauce; Cantonese Style Deep-Fried Chicken; Fried Rice with Shrimps, Conpoy, Roasted Duck Meat and Mushrooms Wrapped and Steamed in Lotus Leaf; Stewed Noodles with Fish Maw and Conpoy; Chilled Mango Cream with Pomelo and Sago; and Chinese Petits Fours.
Guests can also toss for bountiful fortunes with Lo Hei Yusheng and enjoy Lucky Dim Sum and Lunar New Year specialities with family and friends to welcome a prosperous year from 1 to 28 February 2012. For reservations, please call (852) 2733 8754.
With views of the world-famous Victoria Harbour, Angelini offers guests on the fireworks night of 11 February 2013 a set dinner menu available at HK$980 per person. For reservations, please call (852) 2733 8750.
From 9 to 12 February 2013, Café Kool presents guests with auspicious Chinese New Year lunch and dinner buffets highlighting traditional Chinese cuisine. The price for the festive lunch buffet starts from HK$318 per adult and HK$258 per child. The price for the festive dinner buffet starts from HK$548 per adult and HK$448 per child. For reservations, please call (852) 2733 8753.
With live music in a classic and elegant setting, guests can delight in the festive afternoon tea buffet featuring Chinese longevity noodles and delicacies at the Lobby Lounge. Available from 1 to 5 p.m. between 10 and 12 February 2013, the afternoon tea buffet is priced at HK$308 per adult and HK$248 per child. For reservations, please call (852) 2733 8740.
Guests will find that the Michelin two-star Shang Palace Chinese New Year hampers, filled to the brim with goodies, and gift packs make the perfect gift for business partners, colleagues, friends and family. The hampers available include the following:
• Shang Palace Deluxe Fruit Hamper (HK$2,698)
Traditional Chinese New Year Pudding, Korean Apple, Korean Pear, Korean Grapes, Japanese Rock Melon, Pineapple Pastry with Cashew Nuts, Red Date Pastry with Olive Nuts, Home-Made Conpoy Sauce, Petit Guiraud Sauternes Wine and Chinese Mandarin
• Ruby Hamper (HK$1,988)
Traditional Chinese New Year Pudding, Acacia Honey, Supreme XO Chilli Sauce, Organic Camomile Tea, Superior Chinese Mushrooms, Amber Walnuts, Chicken Essence, Dried Scallop Sauce, Macadamia Nuts, Cashew Nut Pastry, Bottled Bird’s Nest with Rock Sugar, Air-Dried Sea Moss and a bottle of Red Wine.
The selection of gift packs available includes:
• Supreme XO Chilli Sauce, Italian Olive Oil and Italian Balsamic Vinegar HK$688
• Supreme XO Chilli Sauce and Red Wine HK$880
• Two bottles of wine (red wine and white wine) HK$1,088
All prices are subject to a 10 per cent service charge, except those for hampers and puddings.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 80 hotels under the Shangri-La, Kerry and Traders brands with a room inventory of over 32,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, India, Mongolia, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka and United Kingdom. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com