Special Chinese menu set at Sofitel
By Tam Noda Updated Friday February 01, 2013 - 10:01am

At Sofitel's Chinese Wok station

MANILA, Philippines -- Five-star hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza is preparing a special Chinese menu for the Chinese New Year this February.

Executive Chinese Chef Chee Wah Mok of Spiral buffet restaurant at Sofitel will be cooking auspicious Chinese delicacies from February 4 until February 17 and also on February 24.

The delicacies are specially made for the festivities from delectable appetizers to delightful desserts. 

Also scheduled in the festivities is a Dragon Dance on February 9 and 10.

Guests can start with an appetizer such as Chinese Raw fish salad (Yee Sang), eight treasure fish lip soup then move to the wok station where one can sample wok fried scallop with XO chili sauce, wok fried sparerib with golden garlic Cantonese style.

Yusheng/Yee Sang, is a prosperity Toss raw fish salad, consists of strips of raw fish mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other ingredients.

Yusheng literally means "raw fish" but since "fish (?)" is commonly conflated with its homophone "abundance (?)", Yúsh?ng (??) is interpreted as a homophone for Yúsh?ng (??) meaning an increase in abundance. Therefore, yusheng is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor.

At the noodle station make sure you try the Bak Kut Teh noodle soup and complete the meal with roasted Peking duck.

Save the best for last with Chinese desserts such as warm sweetened coconut milk with sweet potato and warm papaya white fungus soup.

A special private dining room can be booked in advance which can accommodate 12 people. For a more opulent celebration, the Indulgence, Epicure and Decadence rooms can be merged together to fit up to 36 people.

Also a fashion show featuring the Orient Express collection of Dubai based designer, Albert Andrada, will take place on February 10, Sunday brunch. Guests can get the chance to win a custom made Cheongsam from the designer.

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