Hong Kong Chinese New Year Food

In Hong Kong, Chinese New Year food is an important issue to the locals. There are certain foods that we eat a lot around the New Year period. Puddings of all kind are truly important to Hong Kong Chinese, especially Cantonese.  Because ‘pudding’ carries the same pronunciation as ‘growth’ in Cantonese.  There are other delicious foods resembling good value and meaning in Chinese (Cantonese) culture.  Below are a few examples.

  • Pudding – growth
  • Fish – surplus
  • Lettuce - wealth
  • Oyster – good business
  • Pig’s tongue – good profit
  • Hairy vegetable – lucky money
    Pig’s knuckle – lucky money

Below is photo tour that I’ve assembled with the photos that I’ve taken around Chinese New Year.  They are mostly home made or from restaurants.  

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Food – Photo Tour

Talking about Hong Kong Chinese New Year food, a New Year Eve family dinner is a greatly important event.  As a matter of lifestyle change, few families cook their own family dinner nowadays, instead they go to restaurants.  My family has been doing the same.  Because it is an important annual family event, we don’t mind to pay a little more to tailor our own menu to include all our favourite foods and to hire a private room.  Below is a report of our 10-course Chinese New Year family dinner.

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Family Dinner – Photo Tour

Visit my food blog to view a full description of my 2014 CNY family dinner.

In fact my family dinner is kind of a mid range menu.  Let's look at one which is more towards the higher end.  Below I found a Spring Dinner menu from 3 on Canton situation within Marco Polo Hotel in Hong Kong.

鴻運金豬全體

Barbecued whole suckling pig

法式焗釀蟹蓋

Baked crab shell stuffed with assorted meat and seafood

如意碧綠彩鳳蝦球

Deep-fried fresh prawns and chicken with garden greens

發財好市大利

Braised dried oyster with pork tongue and sea moss

鴻圖海皇燴燕窩

Double boiled bird’s nest with seafood soup

蠔皇扒鮑甫北菇

Braised sliced abalone with black mushroom and vegetables in oyster sauce

清蒸大東星斑

Steamed fresh spotted garoupa

當紅炸子雞

Deep-fried crispy chicken

腊味生炒糯米飯

Glutinous rice with preserved meat

上湯水餃生麵

Shrimp dumpling with noodles in supreme soup

雪耳桂圓燉萬壽果

Double boiled papaya with snow fungus and longan

美味甜緣

Finest selection of chinese petits fours

每席港幣$8,888

Menu price at HK$8,888 per table

席間免費享用汽水、橙汁及本地啤酒三小時

免費麻雀耍樂

奉送雙人自助午餐券乙張

每席供12 位用

附設加一服務費

3 hours unlimited serving of soft drinks, chilled orange juice and local beer during dinner

Complimentary use of mahjong facilities

Complimentary lunch buffet coupon for 2 persons at Three on Canton

Each table for 12 persons

Menu Price subject to a 10% service charge


Click here to view some luxury Hong Kong Chinese New Year Food Menus