Mumbai: The celebration of 'The Year of the Monkey' continues and we give you another reason to celebrate this Chinese New Year.
This auspicious festival is a month long affair and The Year of the Monkey follows the steady Year of the Sheep, a year dedicated to contemplation.
Born in this year? Then here's something you should know. Monkey is a mischevious sign, is clever, inventive, funny, social. And just to let you know 2016 is a combination of monkey sign with fire heralds an adventurous year full of confidence, innovation and decisiveness.
If you are willing to experiment with your taste buds, then this is the perfect occasion. With changing trend and people embracing different cultures, various restaurants in India are celebrating this tradition with limited edition menus that are designed especially for this time.
When you think of Chinese food, the first thing that comes into your mind is dumplings, juicy pork belly, sticky rice and cigar mantou roll.
"Conventionally, the Chinese celebrate the New Year by indulging in dumplings, dishes featuring fish, oranges & noodles amongst many other ingredients, since they are considered lucky," says Chef Stanley, Head Chef of India, Yauatcha.
"As a Modern Cantonese dim sum teahouse, our restaurant commemorates Chinese New Year at a global level. This year is the Year of the Monkey and we have special offerings that celebrate this fact," says Nelson Nair, General Manager, Yauatcha Mumbai.
"Our our chefs have developed a limited edition menu for our customers to experience the flavours of Chinese New Year," Nair added.
Here's what you must try when you plan to savour Cantonese cuisine on your next visit:
Kiwi and black olive dumplings:
You might have tried various dumplings, but we bet you nothing can beat this one. Kiwi and black olive dumpling are refreshing for your palette.
Corn, carrot and curry dumpling:
These dumplings are a must try. The finely chopped veggies easily manage to tackle your taste bud and you wouldn't resist going for another one.
" I have used unique and luxurious produce such as White Truffle, Belgium Pork Belly & Lobster. In order to suit the Indian palate and preferences, I have included special vegetarian options and ensured a balance of flavors is established in the Chinese New Year menu," says Chef Stanley, Head Chef of India, Yauatcha.
Wok Fried Lobster:
Though not everyone is a lobster fan but when tossed with the right sauce it can make you go crazy. This dish delivers the perfect poise of pulpy and juiciness with classic Hunan spice.
Braised pork belly:
Cooked in yellow bean sauce, this pork will make you lick your finger. Served with cigar mantou roll, braised pork belly is indeed a perfect pick.
End your meal with this yummy platter that will definitely satisfy your tummy. Make your pick from blackberry, gin & tonic, elderflower ginger, chamomile, bitter orange almond and rose rosehip macaroons and let us know which one you liked....