The Lunar New Year is a day when families gather for an annual reunion dinner to mark the beginning of a prosperous year. Lunar festivals are celebrated here in the Philippines with elaborate meals and traditional feast with friends and family.
Certain dishes are staples during the Chinese New Year for their auspicious, symbolic meaning. Food is the cornerstone of the Chinese New Year celebrations Most families serve lucky food during this festive season, believed to bring good luck for the coming year. The food preparation, and ways of serving and eating is expected to attract a year of good health, prosperity, luck, happiness and peace this Year of the Fire Rooster.
Food Exchange Chef Alen Meng from China has curated 3 sumptuous Lauriat Family Set Menus to share with people close to your heart. And I joined in and sampled one of the three special Lauriat feast created for the upcoming Year of the Rooster earlier today.
We were treated to a revelry of good fortune, and great food at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center's all-day dining restaurant. We savored a bounty of Chinese culinary from the Fortune Set (P 18,888++) that features 15 specially prepared dishes.
This includes: Assorted Chinese Cold Cuts, Sweet and Sour Squid & Garlic Fungus and Cucumber Salad, Jilin Black Chicken Ginseng Soup, Xinjiang Spicy Stewed Chicken, Taiwanese Stir Fried Beef with Sha Cha Sauce, Steamed Grouper Fish in Light Soy Sauce with Ginger and Spring Onion, Dalian Style Stir-Fried Mixed Seafood, Dimsum Sets, Cantonese Wok Fry Noodles, and Wagyu Beef Fried Rice.
|Assorted Chinese Cold Cuts|
The Chinese dumplings, made to look like Chinese silver ingots, meant an opportunity to make more money when eaten during the Lunar New Year celebrations.
I so love the steamed dumplings with minced pork (Siomai) and diced shrimp (hakao) wrapped in a thin and elastic dough skin.
|Sweet and Sour Squid with Garlic Fungus and Cucumber Salad|
|Dalian Style Stir-Fried Mixed Seafood|
|Steamed Grouper Fish in Light Soy Sauce with Ginger and Spring Onion|
|Jilin Black Chicken Ginseng So|
It was a first for me to sip a wonderful soup made of black chicken. They this to us in individual bowls.
Our next dose of protein came as the Xinjiang Spicy Stewed Chicken and Taiwanese Stir-Fried Beef was served.
|Xinjiang Spicy Stewed Chicken|
|Taiwanese Stir Fried Beef with Sha Cha Sauce|
The Cantonese Wok Fry Noodles, and Wagyu Beef Fried Rice came in next to complement these yummy dishes. The Noodles symbolizes a wish for longevity and its length is symbolic of the eater's life. The longer and uncut the noodles are, the better.
After a healthy protein fix, we were offered sweet treats to cap off a hearty meal. We were served Sweet Rice Roll with Black Sesame Seed in Rice Wine, Almond Lychee, Mango Sago, plus Tikoy Roll to cap our indulgence.
|Sweet Rice Roll with Black Sesame Seed in Rice Wine|
I loved the Sweet Rice Roll with Black Sesame Seed in Rice Wine as it tasted really good! In Chinese people's minds, eating food made with sticky rice meant an increase in rise in business success, promotions at work, better positions year-after-year by year. In addition, the round shape is favored by the Chinese during the New Year celebrations as is signifies "being together".
Eating round Fruits and those "golden" in color during the Chinese New Year implies Fullness and Wealth. Indulging in the Fruit Platter is believed to bring in more wealth.
Food Exchange Manila features all 3 Lauriat Set menus for a limited time only. Gather around and delight in specialty dishes from Chef Allan Meng to usher in good fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity until January 29, 2017!
The Money Tree
When you are at Novotel Manila Araneta Center , have your photo taken beside the Money Tree with red envelopes to remind you of good fortune all year long. The Chinese give away red envelopes that contain money because red is the symbol of energy, happiness and good luck. The color red is believed to bestow happiness and blessings on the receivers.
Make a wish at the Prosperity Tree as the new energy of the Year of the Rooster will make way for new beginnings.
Stay at Novotel Manila Araneta Center from Jan 23-30 starting from P 6,888 nett.
A relaxing weekend staycation in a Superior Room (P 6,888) entitles you, your partner plus 2 kids ages 15 and below to a sumptuous Buffet Breakfast plus Chinese Prosperity Buffet Dinner at the Food Exchange.
Avail of Wish N Treat promo and get to pamper yourself and a friend to a well-deserved one-hour massage for two (2) at In Balance Spa worth P 3,000!
Call (02) 9907888 now for reservations or visit www.novotel.com and www.accorhotels.com to know more about these Chinese New Year packages.