City of Dreams Manila Year of the Fire Rooster celebrations
Prosperity Salmon Fish Yu Shang with Fruit Salad, served at Crystal Dragon.

City of Dreams Manila ushers in the Chinese New Year with exceptional dining options and thrilling entertainment experiences signifying good luck, happiness, and prosperity.

MENUS OF PROSPERITY

Crystal Dragon, one the luxury integrated resort’s premium restaurants, is dishing out exclusive Chinese New Year-themed a la carte and set menus from January 16 to February 11.

City of Dreams Manila Year of the Fire Rooster celebrations
Wok-Fried Shanghai Rice Cake, sliced with Selected Seafood from Crystal Dragon’s Chinese New Year Happiness and Prosperity Menu, is also available a la carte.
City of Dreams Manila Year of the Fire Rooster Celebrations
A delectable dessert of Double Flavor of Chinese New Year Nian Gao Platter served in the Prosperity and Abundance set menus at Crystal Dragon. Steamed Dried Shredded Coconut Nian Gao (left) promotes togetherness, Deep-Fried Rice Net Water Chestnut Cake for good fortune and unity. Cashew Nuts Broken Red Bean Paste Pandan Roll for gold and money.

Guests can opt for the Chinese New Year Happiness Menu. Start with Prosperity Salmon Fish Yu Shang with Fruit Salad followed by Braised Eight Sea Treasure and Shredded Abalone Broth; Steamed Cod with Baby Cabbage in Supreme Soy, Hong Kong-Style; Wok-Fried King Prawns with Reduction Supreme Soya Sauce; Wok-Fried Shanghai Rice Cake Sliced with Selected Seafood; and ends with Chilled Mango Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream and Double Flavor of Chinese New Year Nian Gao Platter.

Crystal Dragon COD Manila Year of the Fire Rooster celebrations
Wok-Fried King Prawns with Supreme Soy Sauce Reduction at Crystal Dragon. King prawns are often associated with liveliness.
Crystal Dragon COD Manila Year of the Fire Rooster celebrations
The Wok-Fried Rice Cake with Sliced and Selected Seafood is dish with auspicious ingredients. Rice cakes are associated with safety and good fortune, fish fillet for abundance and prawns for liveliness.
A sweet ending bodes well for the new year. Chilled Mango Pudding with Vanilla Ice cream has mango pudding for luck and wealth, and vanilla ice cream to sweetly welcome the Year of the Fire Rooster.
A sweet ending bodes well for the new year. Chilled Mango Pudding with Vanilla Ice cream has mango pudding for luck and wealth, and vanilla ice cream to sweetly welcome the Year of the Fire Rooster.

The Chinese New Year Abundance Menu serves Prosperity Salmon Fish Yu Shang with Rock Melon Salad; Double Boiled Sea Treasure with Baby Abalone in Cordycep Flower Soup; Steamed Sea Grouper with Shredded Ginger in Homemade Soy Sauce; Roasted Chicken Roll filled with Foie Gras and Wild Mushrooms; Stew Pork Belly with Sea Cucumber, Bean Curd and Green Vegetables; Wok-Fried Shanghai Rice Cake Sliced with Selected Seafood; complemented by Warm Sweetened Eight Treasures Tea with Ginseng in Honey and Double Flavor of Chinese New Year Nian Gao Platter. Both the “Happiness” and “Abundance” menus come with traditional Chinese Tea.

Double Boiled Sea Treasure in Cordycep Flower Soup has crab meat, fish maw (for abundance), dried scallops (to open new horizons), sea cucumber and cordyceps.
Double Boiled Sea Treasure in Cordycep Flower Soup has crab meat, fish maw (for abundance), dried scallops (to open new horizons), sea cucumber and cordyceps.
Crystal Dragon COD Manila Year of the Fire Rooster celebrations
Roasted Chicken Roll filled with Foie Gras and WIld Mushrooms has a crisp finish, reminiscent of pork belly balanced by the pickled vegetables. The dish contains chicken for prosperity, togetherness of the family and joy as well as wild truffles for longevity.
City of Dreams Year of the Fire Rooster Celebration
One of the a la carte dishes for Chinese New Year at Crystal Dragon includes Braised Dried Oyster and Black Mushrooms Roll with Sea Moss.

For guests who prefer to dine a la carte, dishes such as Prosperity Salmon Fish Yu Shang, Shredded Roasted Duck with Fresh Fruit Salad in Dressing, Oven Baked Marinated Cod Fish Fillet with Fragrant Golden Garlic, Slow Cook Supreme Sea Cucumber with Abalone and Pork Knuckle in a Clay Pot, Roasted Chicken Roll filled with Foie Gras and Wild Mushrooms, Wok-fried King Prawns with Reduction Supreme Soya Sauce, Wok-fried Shanghai Rice Cake Sliced with Selected Seafood, and Three Flavor Chinese New Year Nian Gao Platter are available. Medium portions are ideal for four to six guests while large orders are best for six to ten.

Crystal Dragon COD Manila Year of the Fire Rooster celebrations
Shredded Roast Duck Salad with Fresh Fruit from Crystal Dragon. Ingredients include fresh melon sticks (for family unity, growth and good health), strawberry, honeydew, onion oil (for cleverness), peanut sauce (for health, long life and birth of prosperity), crackers and peanuts (for continuous growth and multiplication of wealth and good fortune). Duck is associated with fertility.
City of Dreams Manila Year of the Fires rooster celebrations
Oven-baked Marinated Cod fish Fillet with Fragrant Golden Garlic is part of the a la carte offerings at Crystal Dragon. Cod fish fillet is associated with abundance, served with cheese and golden garlic (for long life).

The Chinese New Year Happiness Menu is priced at P3,680++ per person, while the Chinese New Year Treasures Menu is at P 6,680++, both for a minimum of four to six persons. A la carte offerings range from P460++ to P1,680++. Crystal Dragon is open daily for lunch from 12 to 3 pm and dinner from 6 to 11 pm.

City of Dreams Manila Year of the Fire Rooster celebrations
Slow Cook Supreme Sea Cucumber with Abalone and Pork Knuckle in a Clay Pot is another a la carte offering at Cyrstal Dragon. Auspicious ingredients include pork knuckles for income and wish fulfillment, sea cucumber and abalone for gold, money and wealth.

CHINESE NEW YEAR, NOODL8-STYLE

The 24-hour casual Chinese dining Noodl8 offers sumptuous dishes for the months of January and February. Diners can celebrate the New Year with authentic Chinese and Korean fare any time of the day at Noodl8 throughout January and February. Chinese dishes served exclusively during this period are Fried Aromatic Pork Ribs with Seven Spices Salt, Pork & Cabbage Dumpling with Black Vinegar & Chili Oil, Poached Hand Pull Noodle topped with Baby Abalone and Minced Pork, and Double Boiled Warm Sweetened Sesame Ginger Tea with Sesame Dumpling. For Korean offerings, these include Steamed Kimchi Dumpling and Kimchi Dumpling Soup.

City of Dreams Manila Year of the Fire Rooster celebrations
Fried Aromatic Pork Ribs with Seven Spices Salt can be enjoyed at Noodl8 until the end of February.

Prices for the Chinese and Korean a la carte dishes range between P310++ to P688++. Noodl8 is open 24 hours a day and is located on the main gaming area at the ground floor.

FESTIVE TREATS

Themed gift items perfect for the festive occasion are available at Café Society. Guests can likewise bring home Café Society’s Chinese New Year-themed treats or gift them to loved ones to spread good luck and prosperity. Available items from January 16 to February 11 are Mandarin Cake with Rooster Chocolate, White Chocolate with Red Bean Cake, Nian Gao (Tikoy) Box, X.O Sauce, Green Tea Pound Cake, Pineapple Cake with 2017 Fondant, as well as macarons and pralines in half dozen to dozen quantities.

Prices range between P680++ to 1,810++. Café Society is open from 10 am to 10 pm on Monday through Thursday and 10 am to 12 am on Friday through Sunday.

ACTIVITIES GALORE

At The Shops at the Boulevard on the upper ground level, a three-day Year of the Rooster festival from January 27 to 29 showcases a variety of fun-filled Chinese New Year-themed activities and performances.

The three-day festival features a variety of fun-filled activities such as Chinese calligraphy, fortunetelling and caricature art as well as performances by Chinese opera singers, cultural dancers and Wushu martial artists from January 27 to 29, starting from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A God of Fortune will be spreading gifts and good cheer to guests while roaming around the main gaming area on the ground floor and the upper ground level to hand out ang baos containing gift certificates, discount coupons and chocolates to lucky guests.

PARTY AWAY

For evening entertainment, guests can head to City of Dreams KTV’s elegant themed-rooms and sing to their heart’s content with special Chinese New Year a la carte dishes and unlimited Tsing Tao beer included in the package.

For intimate gatherings with family and friends during this momentous celebration, guests can head to City of Dreams KTV and avail of the Chinese New Year KTV Package for P10,000++ which includes festive dishes such as Prosperity Salmon Fish Yu Shang, Wok-fried Shanghai Rice Cake Sliced with Selected Seafood, Three Flavor Chinese New Year Nian Gao Platter, and unlimited Tsing Tao beer. The package lets guests choose songs from an extensive selection of Chinese and Korean songs as well as international classics and contemporary pop tunes in one of the venue’s 10 themed KTV rooms, accommodating up to 15 people. City of Dreams KTV is open from 7 pm to 2 am daily and is on the upper level of Chaos Manila nightclub.

SYMBOLISM

City of Dreams Manila Year of the Fire Rooster celebrations
Indulge in some good fortune with the Prosperity Salmon Fish Yu Shang with Fruit Salad, served at Crystal Dragon.

The Prosperity Salmon Fish Yu Shang and the Shredded Roasted Duck with Fresh Fruit Salad in Dressing are traditional offerings to fittingly welcome the Chinese New Year. For the Prosperity Salmon Fish Yu Shang, the raw fish symbolizes abundance and good fortune, mixed in with shredded fruits and vegetables which signify wealth, luck, eternal youth, a flourishing business and health. Plum sauce for good fortune, peanuts for long life and stability, olive oil and wonton crisps for a house full of gold bind the ingredients together are tossed as high as possible, believed to bless all who partake of them. The duck represents fertility while the combination of fresh fruits are said to bring wisdom, peace, gold, wealth, fertility, family harmony, health and luck.

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