Mandarin Oriental Launches A Special Chinese New Year Themed Afternoon Tea
Chinese New Year is the most celebrated time of the year for Chinese descendants around the world. It is when the whole, extended family get together and share a good time, or is it? While it's nice to visit grandparents and reunite with long lost cousins, Chinese New Year can seem antiquated to some, suffocated with tradition and customs. Which is why this year, chef Andy Leong of China House and Mandarin Oriental's executive pastry chef Pablo Gicquel Rice are looking to respectfully refresh the image of Chinese New Year with modern delicacies and style.
Before digging into the sweets, have some bites of the all-time favourite Sheng Yu, or Prosperity Toss, a Cantonese style raw fish salad loved by kids and adults alike. The shared dish is made by mixing and tossing up different auspicious ingredients, including pomelo for wealth, raw fish for advancement, oil to increase profits and green radish for youth. Your family can join the fun at the China House until January 26 for 2,388++ to 2,888++ baht per person.
The Mandarin Oriental's Chinese New Year afternoon tea is equally packed with meanings but presented in a light-hearted fashion promising to win over the hearts of both the old and young. Choose from a selection of Chinese teas that includes Jasmin Monkey King, a green tea base scented with jasmine blossom, Ti Kuan yin, a fragrant Oolong variation, fermented Pu-er 2000 and Earl grey Pu-er with a citrus kick.
Chef Gicquel and chef Leong reimagine the traditional festive food with playful deceit. Avacado and salmon are shaped into an orange, a symbol of wealth and good luck. The firecracker for scaring away negativity is made of foie gras purré wrapped in a strawberry sheet. The set also includes typical afternoon tea bites like scones as well as some with Lunar New Year hints, such as the Chinese sausage finger sandwich and Chinese style BBQ pork puff.
The Chinese New Year afternoon tea is available from noon to 6pm at The Author's Lounge, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok for 1500++ baht per person.