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Celebrate the beginning of the Chinese calendar in style this February 12th and order in one of these set menus from London’s leading Chinese restaurants, chefs and pop-ups.

From Michelin-starred experiences delivered to your door, to the wonton pop-up from the famous Poon family, here’s what to order to celebrate the Year of the Ox at home.

Park Chinois 

It’s the Year of the Ox, characterised by three personality traits: hardworking, positive and honest, and Mayfair’s Park Chinois is pulling out all of the stops to celebrate the Chinese New Year in style. 

Available from 9th – 16th February, Park Chinois is offering bespoke set menus to mark the arrival of the new Lunar year and you’re invited. Each delivery comes with a Chinese Lai See – red envelope to you and me – which symbolises good luck, well wishes and contains a £10 voucher off the purchase of a £100 gift card or a gold ticket to win a meal for two. 

Inside the set menu for two, crafted by Executive Chef Lee Chee Liang, the menu celebrates tradition with starters of Lo Hei salad and Chef’s Dim Sum. Mains include stir-fried Australian Wagyu Beef and taro yam; steamed Wild Sea Bass in Chinese chive sauce; and Wind Dried Meat with Koshihikari Rice. For dessert, enjoy a Chinese New Year special of gold leafed tarts. There are options for four people too.

As well as the Chinese New Year set menus, you can expect their à la carte menu to also be available, featuring their famous Duck de Chine. 

Park Chinois’ Chinese New Year at home menus are available for pre-order 24 hours in advance from 25th January, through the Park Chinois website (via Slerp) and Supper at £228 for two diners and £388 for four.

BAO 

Celebrate in style with BAO, London’s best spot for authentic and tasty bao treats. This Chinese New Year they’ve launched a limited-edition version of their hugely popular Made-By-You Kits. 

BAO fans can expect a different take on their usual at-home kits. For £65, the feasting kit feeds up to four individuals and includes the Classic BAO Made-By-You Kit, containing 6 BAOS with braised pork and toppings; 40 Day Aged Beef Rice Bowl Kit, featuring 2 marinated Denver beef steaks, Soy Cure, Biber Chilli, Chi Shang Rice and Rice Dressing; four Chinese New Year BBGs (BAO Baked Goods), designed with a cow print to nod to the year of the Ox; and four fortune cookies. 

The CNY Year Of The Ox Made-By-You Feast will ship nationwide from Friday 29th January, with deliveries on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Yauatcha

Fancy a face mask with an Ox pattern imprinted on it? Of course you do. Chinese dim sum teahouse Yauatcha, will be marking the arrival of Chinese New Year with a dedicated set menu delivery service available across the city, plus patisseries and branded Ox face masks available nationwide. 

For the set menu, priced at £138 for two, expect a selection of Hao Yun Lucky dim sum; Salt and Pepper Quail with honey roasted golden squash and pine nut, and a Prawn Ball Crispy Noodle with eryngii mushroom, black fungus and green chilli. Plus a Oxtail Puff too, a creative take on the typical venison puff. For the finale, tuck into The Firecracker, a dessert that incorporates the tradition of firecrackers and fireworks, and is made up of constructed using Yuzu caramel, szechuan chantilly, roasted hazelnut, madeleine sponge and coated popping candy.

For the patisseries, you can tuck into a Pineapple Pastry, a sharp and fruit petit gateau, that’s embellished with the Ox design.

The Chinese New Year menu will be available to homes across London via Yauatcha at Home, with all Yauatcha’s Chinese New Year 2021 patisserie and face masks available nationwide via Slerp, from 1st – 28th February 2021.

StarChefs

Chef Andrew Wong has been up to his old tricks again. The chef of two Michelin starred, A Wong in Pimlico, is bringing you a feast to celebrate Chinese New Year in style. 

Working alongside the new food platform, StarChefs, the feast box will comprise 13 dishes, taking its diners on a sensory journey of four parts. Dishes include Barbecue Sweet Corn with Beef ox Sauce; Crispy and Smoked Duck served with plum sauce, pancakes and buns; and a ‘Three Treasure’, a seared a7 Wagyu Steak with sauces to really eek out the celebrations of the Ox. There’s even a playful take on the traditional fortune cookie, with a ‘cookie and cream’ with chilli and lime salt. 

To pair alongside your feast, why not add into the mix a selection of Saicho, the sparkling tea brand designed for those who want something a little different. 

The Chinese New Year Feast is priced at £165 and is available to order for delivery from Thursday 11th – Saturday 13th February on StarChefs.

Hakkasan 

Michelin starred takeaway? Count us in. This Chinese New Year celebrate in the finest way we know how and order in a selection of goodies from Hakkasan Mayfair and Hakkasan Hanway Place’s month-long celebration. 

Centred around the idea of ‘peace, love and sharing’, and with Chinese New Year falling on Valentine’s weekend this 2021, Hakkasan’s famed wishing tree tradition is going virtual this year with a digital art installation on their socials. There’s also a signature sharing menu constructed to fit around the theme.

Enjoy the sharing delivery menu, priced at £88 per head, and tuck into The Celebration Garden, an authentic Cantonese salad made with smoked eryngii mushroom carpaccio with bee pollen and plum dressing; Double Treasure Fortune, made up of a quail blossom puff paired with a seafood jade dumpling, crispy kumquat chicken, steamed scallop with browned butter black bean sauce, and broccolini with black fungus and shimeji mushroom. It’ll finish with a white chocolate mousse and cacao butter dessert, yum.

The Chinese New Year Menu will be available to homes across London through Hakkasan at Home, via Deliveroo, from 1st – 28th of February 2021.

Poon’s Wontoneria

Exclusively available on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th February, Amy Poon (masterchef Bill Poon’s daughter) is launching Wontoneria, a pop-up in celebration of the Year of the Ox. 

Available for delivery or collection from Stevie Parle’s Joy in Portobello Docks, Amy will be cooking up a storm, making the Poon’s family signature dish: Poon’s pork wontons in a chilli vinegar dressing. Think warming dumplings in a zingy chilli dressing – yum. 

Cut-off for orders and deliveries is midnight on Tuesday 9th February.

Fortnum & Mason 

While this Lunar New Year might be a little different and Fortnum & Mason at The Royal Exchange may be closed for now, celebrate at home with Fortnum & Mason’s selection of hampers and decorative teas and infusions. 

We love The Fu Du Hamper, priced at £150, which is filled with delicious treats for all of the family. It’s even in their signature Eau du Nil colour and a commemorative Year of the Ox design. Another quaint design is the Lunar New Year Biscuit Tin created in celebration of the new year and features Fortnum’s own recipe invention.

www.fortnumandmason.com

Explore some of The Royal Exchange’s other Chinese New Year picks here


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