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New Year's sensations

A new Lunar New Year cycle has begun with the Year of the Rat, the first of the 12 zodiac signs.

Published on February 6, 2008

People born in the rodent year are pioneers, and usually at the forefront of the action. To celebrate the occasion, Shang Palace at Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok is offering two special set meals until February 22.

The set menus for lunch or dinner are thoughtfully created by the chef to symbolise happiness, wealth and longevity. A 12-course meal for a table of 10 guests is available for Bt13,888 (Gold Menu) or Bt20,888 (Wealth Menu).

The a la carte menu and a variety of Chinese New Year speciality dim sum are other options for guests who prefer light dishes served in a small steamed basket or on a small plate. Call (02) 236 7777 for reservations.

Chinese master chef Wong Kam-Yau of Liu Chinese restaurant at the Conrad Hotel introduces the most highlighted treasure raw fish salmon salad (yee sang), and traditional baked chicken with five spices, braised abalone with dried oysters and sea moss, black sesame dumplings and gingko nuts in ginger syrup, as well as Chinese New Year cakes and desserts.

The Chinese set lunch costs Bt680. Or for Bt880, indulge with the Gong Xi Fa Chai set dinner for 10 persons for Bt19,888, including a bottle of Chinese spirits. Special a la carte and regular menus are also available.

Every table will receive angpao, Mandarin oranges and chocolate coins. Call (02) 690 9999 for reservations.

The JW Marriott Hotel's Man Ho Chinese restaurant features Cantonese-style dishes from Chef James, such as an aromatic salmon sashimi, abalone and lobster believed they are for good health, long life and prosperity available today and tomorrow.

The five set menus vary in cost from Bt9,999 to Bt18,999. On the menus are crab meat and shredded chicken, superior abalone and sliced sea whelk in Yunan ham sauce, roasted Peking duck, braised and sliced abalone with shitake mushrooms in oyster sauce, imported vegetables topped with superior stock, fried e-fu noodles with shredded Sea asparagus and shredded chicken. Call (02) 656 7700 ext 4245 for reservations.

Loong Foong Chinese Restaurant at Swissotel Le Concorde gives diners angpao for, wealth, health and happiness. Especially recommended is yee sang, an authentic Cantonese dish for welcoming in the new year, and for promoting wealth, health and prosperity through the year.

The delicacy is a mixture of raw sea bass, tuna and salmon, as well as shredded vegetables and sauces. It is all prepared by Hong Kong master chef Philip Lueng. All the ingredients are served separately on the same plate and are then tossed and mixed by the customers, as the Chinese believe that tossing yee sang brings happiness and prosperity.

Loong Foong services Yee Sang set in small, medium and large. Prices starts at Bt488 per set. Available for both lunch and dinner from tomorrow until February 21. Call (02) 694 2222 ext 1540 for reservations.

Compiled by Juthamas Cholthavornpong,

The Nation

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