CELEBRATE auspicious beginnings on Chinese New Year with Marco Polo Ortigas Manila tomorrow, February 5, 2019, as the hotel ushers in the Year of the Earth Pig in every possible way according to tradition.
One is making auspicious and staple glutinous rice cakes called nian gao (better known as tikoy in the Philippines) available to everyone. Partaking of it is a symbolic way of making the family “stick” together the whole year through. At Marco Polo Ortigas, the nian gao comes in two forms—the gold bar, which is available in boxes of one and two pieces and in brown sugar flavor; and the traditional round tikoy, which is available in orange and brown sugar flavors. Prices start at Php798 per piece.
Feast over “lucky” dishes to attract good luck and good fortune. Marco Polo Ortigas’ Chinese executive chef Terry Lai has come up with two special authentic Cantonese set menus at Lung Hin. Check out this lineup of auspicious dishes: Suckling Pig Cold Cuts Combination, Steamed Live Garoupa with Minced Garlic in Supreme Soy Sauce, and Braised Abalone with Fish Maw in Oyster Sauce (for 10 heads). Also available in the special a la carte menu is the classic Salmon Yu Sheng Prosperity Toss Salad, which is a platter bearing mounds of different ingredients, such as smoked salmon strips, carrots, cucumber, radish and pomelo. On cue, the salad is tossed way up high using chopsticks by everyone standing around the table. Condiments such as sesame oil and plum sauce are then mixed in, and everyone partakes of the ‘messy’ salad for good luck.
To make the Chinese New Year celebration even more exciting Feng Shui Master Chau Kam Shing (also known as Joseph Chau) lends his presence and leads in a ceremonial blessing ritual, followed by Dragon and Lion Dances.
All these are happening at the hotel’s Ground Level on February 5, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.
For more information, call (02) 720-7720.
(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.)