With Christmas festivities a distant memory, we’re now turning our attention to Chinese New Year and Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant HKK who from 16th January will celebrate imperial dining for Chinese New Year 2017 with an interpretation of the ancient and extravagant emperor’s feasts, kicking off with a special preview of this feast with exclusive extra dishes in aid of Action Against Hunger with all proceeds going to directly to the charity.
The event will be called ‘The Emperor’s Feast’ and will start celebrations for Chinese New Year at HKK with the launch of the special menu on the same day. The 10 course dinner (two courses longer than the standard Chinese New Year menu) will also have an auction on the night for lots of amazing prizes including winery visits, private patisserie classes, a private sushi making class and many more. Tickets are £200 and all proceeds will go to Action Against Hunger more information available here.
We’re told that Chinese imperial feasts often lasted for several days, and consisted of hundreds of dishes using the most exotic and luxurious ingredients. HKK has created The Emperor’s Feast, an elaborate eight course banquet inspired by these traditional feasts in addition to showcasing customs and traditions that took place at these ceremonies.
The banquet is created by Hakkasan and HKK’s Executive Head Chef Tong Chee Hwee and features authentic Chinese ingredients such as sea cucumber, abalone and yu fungus. The kitchen uses time-honoured cooking methods resulting in modern interpretations of ancient dishes eaten by the royals. The feast ends with a Century egg, a reinvention of the Chinese thousand year old egg; the HKK Century egg is a dessert flavoured with hazelnut, sesame and coffee.
The lavish HKK banquet will also showcase traditions that took place at the royal feasts; guests will be using chopsticks decorated with a silver strip, just as royals in ancient China did, to detect if there was poison in the dish. Additionally, the colour jade will feature throughout the menu: the precious stone is synonymous with Chinese emperors, used in the palaces for carvings, jewels and ceremonies as it symbolised status and power. The Scallop noodle dish featured in the Chinese New Year menu uses a jade coloured chive sauce symbolising immortality, and the feast will end with jade chocolates filled with jasmine infused chocolate ganache, given to guests as they leave in a handcrafted box.
Here’s what you cab expect from this special menu:
Emperor’s bite of spring, king crab, white truffle, winter bamboo shoot
Monk jumps over the wall, sea cucumber, abalone, ginseng
Touch of the heart, lobster and pickled Chinese leaf dumpling, king crab with XO sauce dumpling, sea bass and shrimp dumpling
Imperial cherry wood roasted Peking duck, imperial caviar, foie gras
Scallop noodle, yu fungus, gai lan, royal stock
Eight treasure chicken, guinea fowl, chestnuts, sticky rice, mangalica ham
Kumquat carrot cake, vanilla cream, orange foam, poached kumquat
Century egg, hazelnut, sesame, coffee
In addition, an alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage flight has been created to pair with each dish on the menu to match the intricate flavours. Upon arrival guests will also be given a glass of punch poured from an impressive jade coloured and gold leafed glass vessel made bespoke for The Emperor’s Feast.
Bespoke banners will adorn the restaurant and illustrate tales of ancient Chinese Emperors and their grand elaborate feasts. The images have been especially created for HKK by Wuon-Gean Ho, a British Chinese artist-printmaker based in London. Each banner has been hand printed on beautiful Japanese shoji paper using a screen print technique. The intricate illustrations will be jade coloured with hand-applied gold leaf, and will form an intriguing storyline that celebrates food and feasting. The banners will be suspended along two sides of the intimate restaurant space.
An interpretative tale of the extravagant emperor’s feasts will be told on the HKK website, combining a bespoke and unique folk story with the delicate illustrations. The immersive storytelling experience will give guests an insight into ancient customs and will also be printed on the menu for guests to take home.
The event is called ‘The Emperor’s Feast’ and kicks off Chinese New Year at HKK with the menu launching that day. It will be a 10 course dinner (two courses longer than the standard Chinese New Year menu) and there will be an auction on the night for lots of amazing prizes including winery visits, private patisserie classes, a private sushi making class and many more
HKK, 88 Worship Street, Broadgate Quarter, London, EC2A 2BE will celebrate Chinese New Year from 16th January to 11th February