Shangri-La Hong Kong is gearing up to make reigning in The Year of the Golden Ox an indulgent affair with an abundance of lavish experiences and limited-edition goodies. Here, we round up our favourite three ways the hotelier is ushering in an ox-spicious new year.
1. Exquisite Puddings
Due to its auspicious name (the Chinese character for pudding has a similar pronunciation to the lucky word ‘high’) pudding is one of the most popular gifts to present your friends, family and hosts during Spring Festival. If you really want to impress yours this year, opt for a dessert from Shangri-La. Our favourite hotel group is going above and beyond with beautifully-presented options that infuse rare and sought-after ingredients. Our top picks? The new and limited-edition creations from Summer Palace’s Executive Chinese Chef Leung Yu King. Those with a sweet tooth will love his twist on the Red Bean Pudding – woven into an intricate Ox shape and infused with precious 80-year-old dried tangerine peel. For who prefers something savoury, try Chef Leung’s Turnip Pudding – elevated to another level with aromatic Morels, 88-month Iberico Ham and Emmental Cheese.
2. Opulent Poon Choi
As legend has it, poon choi originated in a village in the New Territories over seven centuries ago when Emperor Bing of the Song Dynasty fled during the war between Mongolia and Song China. The dish is made up of seasonal vegetables, meats and seafood layered inside a wooden or clay bowl. While the one-pot wonder has rustic roots, it has been turned into an opulent feast at Shangri-La’s Michelin-Starred Summer Palace. This year, Chef Leung and his team have prepared two traditional poon choi variations: a Prestige Fortune Poon Choi and a Prosperity Poon Choi, both which feature variations of the best ingredients of the season, including braised whole 27-head Yoshihama abalone, Kansai sea cucumber, Souya scallops and dried oysters. To complete the experience, each comes prepared in a traditional wooden washbasin, and with a complimentary pudding in a lucky fish shape.
3. Blissful Staycations
With Chinese New Year offering you a long weekend off work, there’s no better excuse to treat yourself to a relaxing staycation – an apt time to clear your minds and refresh yourself ahead of The Year of the Ox. Let the luxurious Island Shangri-La and Kowloon Shangri-La take care of you with their festive staycation packages, which both include plenty of perks including a daily breakfast for two, a lai see of HK$888 hotel credit and a box of Shangri-La’s signature Chinese New Year pudding. For guests who opt to stay in one of the suites, you’ll also be treated to a poon choi from Shang Palace or Summer Palace in your suite. Rates start from HK$ 2,388 at Island Shangri-La and from HK$ 1,888 at Kowloon Shangri-La.