There’s no such thing as a free meal, but a lucky lunch? This Chinese New Year, at New World Makati Hotel’s Jasmine restaurant, ranked 66th  in The Daily Meal’s “101 Best Restaurants Around the World,” Chef Wong Kam On will prepare a feast of authentic Chinese dishes including seafood, dumplings, and the symbolic Yu Sheng salad to bring you wealth and good luck. The special Chinese New Year set menu features a mouthwatering 15-course selection that also double as good luck charms.
Here, a preview, and what each dish means:
A Teochew-style raw fish salad, Yu Sheng consists of raw fish (at Chef Wong Kam On’s table, they’re fresh, briny salmon), mixed with shredded veggies and vinaigrette. Fish in Chinese is a homophone for abundance, which translates to Yusheng being a symbol of abundance and prosperity. Chef Wong Kam On makes a big show of chopping the salad and tossing them up high in the air. “In this ritual, the higher you toss, the messier it is, and the louder you are, the luckier you will be,” he grins, flinging a bouquet of leafy greens, carrots, and strips of glistening salmon in the air. When the ritual is done, guests around the table partake of the salad—and maybe pick off a stray cucumber that lands on the collar.



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