YES, you can usher in the Year of the Earth Dog and attract abundance, happiness and good fortune! City of Dreams Manila helps you do just that with its auspicious Chinese New Year specialties at its premium Chinese restaurant, Crystal Dragon.
Crystal Dragon urges everyone to get that auspicious Chinese New Year meal going with a Yu Sheng Salad Prosperity Toss. It offers two choices of Yu Sheng Salad—the traditional Prosperity Abalone and Salmon Yu Sheng Salad, and the Shredded Roasted Duck variation with fresh fruit salad in sesame dressing.
The Prosperity Toss is an important part of the Chinese New Year celebration because it is believed to bring good luck. Guests gather around a table for the Chinese New Year meal, with the Prosperity Toss as the first item on the agenda. With chopsticks on hand, they mix up all the ingredients of the Yu Sheng Salad on the big platter at the center of the round table. They toss up the salad, shouting “Lo Hei!” and well wishes out loud as they do to attract good vibes and good luck. Afterwards, they partake of the salad and then sit down to enjoy a full lauriat meal together.
Raw fish is customarily used in the Prosperity Toss because it symbolizes prosperity, wealth, happiness and long life. But Crystal Dragon offers another option, which is shredded roast duck, and matches it with other auspicious ingredients to make an innovative Yu Sheng Salad to enjoy.
For the main meal, Crystal Dragon’s special Lunar New Year a la carte menu offers such celebration dishes as Oven-baked Marinated Cod Fish Fillet with Fragrant Golden Garlic, Slow-cooked Supreme Fish Maw with Abalone and Pork Knuckle in Claypot, Oven-roasted Manuka Honey Marinated Kurobuta Pork Slice with Pork Liver, Braised Stuffed Black Mushroom with Sea Cucumber in Supreme Oyster Sauce, Wok-fried King Prawns with Supreme Soy Sauce Reduction, Wok-fried Cantonese Rice Cake Sliced with Air-dried Preserved Meat, and Pan-fried Crispy Nian Gao with Kumquat Compote.
For groups of four to six, the restaurant has put together two set menus to choose from—Happiness and Abundance set menus.
The Happiness menu, priced at Php3,680++, includes Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng with Fruit Salad; Braised Eight Sea Treasure with Shredded Abalone Broth; Steamed Hong Kong Style Cod Fish with Baby Cabbage in Supreme Soy; Wok-fried King Prawns with Supreme Soy Sauce Reduction; Wok-fried Cantonese Rice Cake Sliced with Air-dried Preserved Meat; Chilled Mango Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream; and Pan-fried Crispy Nian Gao with Kumquat Compote.
The Abundance menu, priced at Php6,680++, starts with Prosperity Abalone and Salmon Yu Sheng with Rock Melon Salad. This is followed by Double-boiled Sea Treasure with Baby Abalone in Cordycep Flower Soup; Steamed Sea Grouper with Shredded Ginger in Homemade Soy Sauce; Oven-roasted Manuka Honey-Marinated Kurobuta Pork Slice with Pork Liver; Stewed Pork Belly with Sea Cucumber, Bean Curd and Green Vegetables; Wok-fried Cantonese Rice Cake with Air-dried Preserved Meat; Warm Sweetened Eight Treasures Tea with Ginseng and Honey; and Double-flavored Chinese New Year Nian Gao Platter.
These auspicious Chinese New Year dishes and set menus are available until February 20, 2018.
Available for a little while longer, specifically up to March 2, is Crystal Dragon’s koi-shaped Nian Gao, packaged in a premium gift box and priced at Php2,000++ each, A traditional treat locally known as tikoy, Nian Gao is a sticky rice cake that symbolizes unity and togetherness.
Meanwhile, Red Ginger also offers its own version of Yu Sheng Prosperity Salad (thin slices of fish, seven-colored shredded vegetables, Kaffir lime leaves, crushed peanuts, pomelo and honey plum sauce) for lunch or dinner until February 17.
At the Noodle8 casual dining area at the main gaming floor of City of Dreams Manila, a Lunar New Year menu special is available until February 28. Among the festive dishes offered are Chun Juan, a traditional deep-fried pork barbecue and vegetable spring rolls with spicy plum sauce; and Shou Mian, a noodle dish with baby abalone, shrimps, squid and assorted green vegetables. It also serves sweet treats like Steamed Lemon Custard Bun and Coconut Tart.
For inquiries and/or reservations, call 800-8080.
(City of Dreams Manila is located in the Entertainment City, Parañaque City.)