MARRIOTT Hotel Manila celebrates Chinese New Year this weekend with much pomp and revelry.
On January 24, 2020, Friday, the traditional Lion and Dragon Dance opens the most important celebration on the Lunar calendar. Considered as the most important part of the tradition where everyone sends their well wishes and spends time with their loved ones, the Lion and Dragon Dance performance by the Philippine Ling Nam Athletic Federation will take place at the Marriott Hotel Main Lobby at 1:30 p.m., after which more celebrations are scheduled at The Plaza on the Second Floor of Newport Mall. Highlights of the Chinese New Year celebration are the Chinese Fortune Telling session with Marites Allen on January 25, 2020, at 6:15 p.m., and the Magic and Comedy Show by Jeffrey Tam on January 26, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.
Chinese New Year celebrations always come with lots of auspicious food, and Marriott Hotel’s Chinese restaurant, Man Ho, is ready with luxurious Lunar Set Menus for five, 10 and 12 persons.
The set menu for five is an eight-course menu priced at Php8,800++. It consists of Assorted Barbecued Meat Combination, Mashed Wintermelon with Crabmeat Soup, Steamed Green Grouper with Light Soy Sauce, Braised Pork Ribs in Vinegar Sauce, Sautéed Seasonal Vegetable, Onglay Fried Rice, Fried Sesame Balls with Lotus Seed Paste, and Almond Lychee.
There’s also a Lunar Set Menu for 10 persons, and it is a 10-course menu priced at Php29,988++. It includes Barbecued Meat Combination, Hot Prawn Salad, Mashed Wintermelon with Crabmeat Soup, Steamed Green Grouper with Light Soy Sauce, X.O. Scallops, Braised Twin Mushrooms with Vegetables, Stuffed Chicken, Crab Vermicelli, Fried Sesame Balls with Lotus Seed Paste, and Almond Lychee.
Then there’s the lavish Prosperity Set Menu for 12 persons pegged at Php42,800++. It is a nine-course menu consisting of Prosperity Toss Salad, Suckling Pig Combination, Bird’s Nest with Seafood Soup, Steamed Tiger Garoupa with Light Soy Sauce, Stuffed Chicken, Steamed Crab with X.O. Sauce, Hot Glutinous Ball with Ginger, Sweet Tikoy, and a Poonchoi Deluxe. The Poonchoi Deluxe can be upgraded to Poonchoi Premium for an additional Php5,000++.
A Lunar New Year trademark, Poonchoi literally means “Chinese casserole in basin” and signifies affluence and prosperity. This meticulously layered bowl is filled with the most prized ingredients, varying from seafood to meat to vegetables. It allows one to savor the massive combination of the flavors of abalone, fish maw, dried scallop, prawns, sea moss, cuttlefish, roasted duck, chicken, pork knuckle and vegetables bathed in rich broth.
Speaking of tikoy, which also goes by the name nian gao, Man Ho offers the traditional Chinese delicacy in: 1) two Koi Fish-shaped tikoys, one weighing 350 grams and the other 750 grams, in a Premium Red Box sealed with a gold stamp, for Php1,388++; 2) a 350-gram Koi-shaped tikoy and a 400-gram Chinese Gold Ingot-shaped tikoy for Php888nett.
For Chinese New Year gifts, Man Ho has handpicked exquisite items for the perfect Lunar New Year Hamper—a ceramic tea set (Php1,200), HTY Oolong Tea (Php37, Jasmine Dried Tea (Php25, Honey Suckle Dried Tea (Php25, Cow Label Preserved Beef (Php78, Pork Floss (Php78, Pumpkin Seed (Php29, Charcoal Peanut (Php19, Sweet Iced Plum (Php300), Candied Walnuts (Php500), Peach Juice (Php96), and Wintermelon Juice (Php96)—in one elegant Gold Box priced at Php5,788 nett.
Man Ho’s Tikoy and Lunar New Year Hamper are available until January 26, 2020, while the Prosperity and Lunar Set Menus can be enjoyed until January 31, 2020.
For more information, call (632) 8988-9999.
(Marriott Hotel Manila is located at 2 Resorts Drive, Pasay City.)