THE auspicious Year of the Earth Dog begins on Friday, February 16, 2018, and Marco Polo Ortigas Manila enjoins everyone to welcome the Chinese New Year with a prosperous feast to attract good luck and good fortune.
On top of the list of auspicious food items to greet the Lunar New Year with is Nian Gao, better known locally as tikoy, which is a traditional glutinous rice cake that symbolizes family togetherness and is believed to bring prosperity. A round sticky rice cake that comes in different sizes and now also flavors, Nian Gao has always been present in Chinese New Year celebrations. It is packaged in a square box and given as a gift to family and friends on Chinese New Year.
At Marco Polo Ortigas, Nian Gao is freshly made by Lung Hin’s expert chefs and comes in two forms—the Double Happiness Koi Nian Gao, which is made up of two pieces of koi-shaped tikoys in orange and coconut flavor at Php1,388; and the Traditional Round Nian Gao, a round tikoy with an embossed ‘Good Luck’ Chinese character, available in ube or brown sugar variants, at Php988 per piece, packaged in a nice round and stylish box. Both types of Nian Gao are available until February 21.
Marco Polo Ortigas Manila also urges everyone to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a prosperous feast of symbolic Cantonese dishes whipped up by Lung Hin’s team of chefs led by Chinese Executive Chef Terry Lai, a native of Hong Kong.
These special dishes, available only for the season, includes the Prosperity Toss with Salmon Yu Sheng that traditionally opens every Chinese New Year lauriat feast. It is a salad symbolic ingredients arranged individually on a platter. Families and/or friends gather around the lauriat table with chopsticks on hand and toss the ingredients up high in the air to mix them up. It is believed that the higher the ingredients get during the toss, the more prosperous the year will be. The practice of tossing the Yu Sheng salad has a history that spans thousands of years. The traditional salad consists of nine ingredients–shredded salmon (for abundance), pickled vegetables (as precious gems in life), calamansi (for good health), crispy wonton wrappers (symbolizing gold bars), plum sauce (to signify sweetness and harmony in life), smashed peanuts (believed to bring longevity), sesame oil (for a smooth life), sesame seeds (to wish for good relationships with business partners) and pepper powder (to symbolize silver dust).
Marco Polo Ortigas’ Salmon Yu Sheng is available for dine in and for take away in Small and Large sizes.
Lung Hin’s well-curated and new a la carte menu also offers other exclusive dishes for the season, such as Poached Hong Kong Sesame Chicken, Sautéed Imperial Tiger Prawn with Supreme Stock, Signature Marinated Pork Knuckles, and Poached Yellow Croaker Fish with Tofu.
Other Chinese New Year staples worth enjoying are exquisite abalone, which provides multiple health benefits, as well as Roasted Golden Goose, prepared by Chef Terry using an authentic recipe that comes straight from Hong Kong.
For this auspicious occasion, Lung Hin also serves special set menus: The Double Prosperity set menu includes the classic Barbecued Roasted Pork, Crispy Roasted Hong Kong Chicken, and Sautéed Fresh Scallops with Fresh Squid and Broccoli; and the Endless Fortune set menu features Steamed Fresh Lobster with Glutinous Rice in Bamboo Basket, Half Crispy Roasted Suckling Pig, and Steamed Live Abalone with Minced Garlic.
Lung Hin’s exclusive Chinese New Year dishes and set menus are available until February 21, 2018.
(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City; with telephone number (632) 720-7777.)