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Welcome the Year of the Ox with these signature ‘lucky’ dishes

Published Feb 10, 2021 2:00 pm

Whether you plan to dine with the family at the mall—safely, of course—or take out signature dishes from your favorite restaurants, Chinese New Year is always a great time to celebrate at SM Mall of Asia (MOA). Welcome the Year of the Ox with a sumptuous table filled with food that’s not only delicious, but can also bring prosperity, happiness, and auspiciousness.

No Chinese New Year dinner is complete without fish, a symbol of increasing prosperity. The fish scales and abundance of roe signify wealth and fortune. It also means that we can swim our way through different problems, something we need during these challenging times. Restaurants like Paradise Dynasty at S Maison and Mann Hann at MOA’s Main Mall have delightful fish offerings on their menus, as well as pork and chicken, which are mainstays of a traditional Chinese New Year dinner.

Pork is one of the mainstays of a traditional Chinese New Year dinner.

Duck is another lucky specialty, especially when served whole, signifying a better new year. Mall-goers can enjoy the taste of authentic duck meat roasted to perfection at Hong Kong Little Kitchen at SM by the Bay.

HK Roasted Duck from Hong Kong Little Kitchen

Shrimp, on the other hand, symbolizes happiness and good fortune. Mei Lin Restaurant at the North Wing of the SM MOA is known for its Fried Spicy Shrimp.

Chinese dumplings and spring rolls are both associated with wealth. Spring rolls are said to resemble gold bars. Meanwhile, dumplings are supposed to look like the ingot, the gold and silver pieces used as money in ancient times. Michelin star restaurant Tim Ho Wan has a delightful dim sum selection, while Mai Weng Fang’s popular pan-fried soup dumpling will give one a taste of Northern Chinese cuisine with wheat flour ingredients. Both are located at MOA’s Main Mall.

Pan-fried Soup Dumplings from Mai Weng Feng
Tofu with Pork Floss from Tim Ho Wan

Noodles mean happiness and longevity for the Chinese, with their length symbolizing the eater’s life. The longer the noodle, the longer your life will be. That’s why it is important not to cut the noodles when you eat them. Masuki prides itself with its original mami made from fresh egg noodles in pork bones soup topped with chicken and roasted pork slices, which truly warms the heart. It is located at the ground level of the MOA’s North Park Building.

Original Mami from Masuki
Noodles mean happiness and longevity for the Chinese.

For many, the hotpot, which symbolizes the coming together of family and friends, is the centerpiece of Spring Festival dinners. Tian Mansion’s flavorsome Chinese hotpot soup with fresh seafood is excellent to share with loved ones. Tian Mansion is located at the ground floor of the Entertainment Mall’s South Wing. 

Hotpot is the centerpiece of Spring Festival dinners.
Flavorful Chinese hotpot is a delight to share with your family and friends.

Bijin Nabe Tsukada’s bijin nabe collagen soup, on the other hand, is a “beauty hotpot” that helps rebuild dead cells to recreate a youthful, healthy glow. The collagen-rich blend of the bijin nabe, which helps replenish the body’s natural supply, is good for bone health and superb for wrinkle-free skin. Bijin Nabe Tsukada is located at the second level of S Maison.

The "beauty hotpot" rebuilds dead cells to create a youthful and healthy glow.

While welcoming the Year of the Ox, SM Mall of Asia has also prepared exciting activities with exciting prizes. Join the Lucky Red Sale and enjoy discounts on all RED merchandise.

Dine in at the Lucky Dining Spot designated dining area, scan the QR code and read your astrological forecast.

Visit the Luck and Love Fair and satisfy your food cravings, or shop for great items to enhance your luck at the bazaar until February 15. Luck and Love Fair is located at the Central Atrium of SM Mall of Asia.

Savor your Chinese favorites at the Lucky Feasts with your family and enjoy fortune treats and group dining deals until February 12. For a minimum of P1,000 spend on dining, play the Lucky Spin for a chance to win shopping money.

For a minimum purchase of P1,000 at the Lucky Delivery & Pickup, a lucky customer gets an ang pao with a surprise treat until February 12.

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Editor’s Note: This article was provided by SM Mall of Asia.