February 8, 2016 is very special for the Chinese because it is the day that they are celebrating the Chinese New Year and for this year, it’s the Year of the Fire Monkey. Known to be enthusiastic, playful, and full of energy, people born under the Year of the Monkey will be blessed with good luck this 2016.
Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria showed us what to prepare and eat in time for the celebration of the Chinese New Year as we usher in the Year of the Fire Monkey.
Eating dumplings is part of the Chinese tradition. Some do itduring New Year’s Eve and others prefer to eat them after the celebration. It represents the act of making wishes and an expression of praying for good luck in a unique way. The dumplings’ shape looks like an ingot, which was the currency used in old times, meaning ‘luck and fortune’. Hence, eating dumplings during the Spring Festival brings good luck.
Tangyuan (Glutinous Rice Balls)
Eating tangyuan is an important custom of the Lantern Festival. Tangyuan are also called yuanxiao when eaten after the festival.
These ball-shaped dumplings made of glutinous rice flour, stuffed with different sweet fillings, such as white sugar, brown sugar, sesame seeds, peanuts, walnuts, rose petals, bean paste, and jujube paste, or any combinations of two or three ingredients.
Yuanxiao can be boiled , fried, or steamed, and are customarily served in fermented rice soup, called tianjiu.
As tangyuan is pronounced similarly to tuanyuan, which means the whole family gathering together happily, Chinese people believe that the round shape of the balls and their bowls symbolizes wholeness and togetherness. Therefore, eating tangyuan on the Lantern Festival is a way for Chinese people to express their best wishes for their family and their future lives.
Yu Sheng (Prosperity Salad)
Yu Sheng is deemed suspicious because of its homonymic quality yu means ‘fish’ but enunciated appropriately, it also means ‘abundance’, while sheng literally means ‘raw’ but enunciated appropriately, it means ‘life’. Thus Yu Sheng implies “abundance of wealth and long life”.
In Cantonese, it is known as lo shengwith lo also meaning ‘tossing up good fortune’. The tossing action is called lo hei, which means to ‘rise’ (hei), again a reference to a thriving business and thus its popularity with businessmen during the New Year.
Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria welcomes Executive Chinese Chef Peter Yeung
You can enjoy all of these and experience the sumptuous Chinese tradition prepared by the new Executive Chinese expert Chef Peter Yeung to welcome the Year of the Fire Monkey when you visit Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria as you embrace the good luck of the Chinese New Year.
Xin Tian Di’s signature Koi Fish Tikoy (Nian Gao) is also available for pre-selling until February 8 for PHP 1,088++. Guests who will avail of this special offer will receive a Loyalty Card valid at Seven Corners or Xin Tian Di. The special “Tikoy Loyalty Card” enables its user a 50% discount on a lunch buffet for 2 to 4 persons at Seven Corners, or a 50% discount on dimsum lunch buffet for 2 to 4 persons at Xin Tian Di.
Guests born on the Year of the Monkey may avail of a 30% discount when dining at Xin Tian Di during the celebration.
From February 1-10, you can also join the festive occasion with family and friends at Xin Tian Di and sample Chef Peter yeung’s selection of auspicious Chinese New Year Set menus, Yu Sheng or the Prosperity Salad, and a la carte menus.
Dining guests on February 7 and 8 get a chance to pick their lucky Ang Pao and may enjoy exclusive treats.
Have an opulent celebration by calling 633-7222 or email [email protected]
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