How are you celebrating the coming Year of the Earth Dog?
If you’re looking for great food that symbolizes great abundance and an auspicious year ahead, look no further than Lung Hin at the Marco Polo Ortigas Manila. They have festivity staples that bring good luck for the whole year – from the traditional Prosperity Toss with Salmon Yu Sheng to their delicious rice cakes,each dish is chosen to bring luck and good fortune to diners. Diners can also try their exquisite abalone and other seafood dishes and Peking Duck.
You can start the new year with the traditional Prosperity Toss with Salmon Yu Sheng. This delicacy has centuries of history behind it. It is believed that this should be enjoyed during the 7thday of the Lunar New Year, which, according to the Chinese folklore, the day of the creation. There are nine ingredients to this traditional salad and they all bring meaning —shredded salmon for abundance, picked vegetables as precious gems in life, calamansi for good health, crispy wanton wrappers for gold bars, plum sauce as sweetness and harmony in life, smashed peanuts bringing longevity, sesame oil for smoothness in life, sesame seeds for good relationships with business partners, and pepper powder for silver dust.
Dumplings symbolize ingots and Lung Hin’s steamed shrimp dumplings with gold leaf is definitely richness in one or two bites. The shrimps are juicy and plump and dipped in their signature XO sauce, it is even better.
The unlikely combination of Peking Duck with its crispy skin and tender meat, osmanthus jelly and potato chip is a scrumptious blend of textures and flavors.
Two healthy soups are next on the CNY meal Lung Hin prepared – the Sauteed Tiger Shrimp Ball in Supreme Chicken Stock and the Double-Boiled Chicken with Red Dates and Wolfberry Soup. The savory Supreme Chicken Stock lets the sweetness of the shrimp shine in the first dish.
The Double-boiled Chicken with Red Dated and Wolfberry Soup is healthy soup full of the essence of chicken with a punch of sweetness from the date and wolfberry.
The Pan Fried Grouper Fillet with truffle oil and sugar peas was flaky and fresh.
One of the finest ingredients in the culinary world is the abalone, and Lung Hin serves two kinds – Australian Abalone and South African Abalone. The Braised South African Abalone with Hong Kong Dried Sausage and Waxed Meat Fried Rice was smooth and rich with the flavors of the sea and earth. Abalone is available at Lung Hin until February 28.
Since noodles represent long life, another must-try is the Crispy Egg Noodle with Prawn Ball and Minced Pork.
Experience Executive Chef Terry’s masterpieces and Lung Hin’s elegant and sleek interiors at the Marco Polo Ortigas Manila. Also visit them at their website www.marcopolohotels.com or follow them at Facebook at facebook/MarcoPoloOrtigasManila or @MarcoPoloManila on Twitter and Instagram.
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