Monday, February 4, 2019

Indulgently Auspicious Delights for the Year of the Earth Pig at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria and Holiday Inn Manila Galleria

Celebrating Chinese New Year 
at Xin Tian Di

Chinese New Year is one of the most celebrated holiday in the world, from Asia to the rest of the world, it has blossomed through the years, just like in the Philippines, I remember the days where Chinese New Year was never celebrated in the Philippines as a whole, and I am glad to see how the Philippines has embraced Chinese culture as their own and is giving respect to the many Chinoys living in the Philippines.

Now it is celebrated all over the country and is a proclaimed holiday in the Philippines.  So much so that restaurants and hotels celebrate it with zest, from featuring functions for Feng Shui appreciation, to the many traditions such a Chinese calligraphy and the like, but most of all it is in the celebration of great tasting food!

Cold Cuts Combination
Filipinos have come to love Chinese food, from the delectable pancit canton, to their love for tikoy, it has been a tradition to bring to the family table not just for the Chinese New Year season, but for all seasons the whole year round.  Much is there to talk about at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, and presents to us their line-up of celebrated Chinese Dishes at Xin Tian Di, Crowne Plaza Manila's premium Chinese Cuisine restaurant.

Prosperity, luck and happiness abound at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria and Holiday Inn Manila Galleria as the two hotels managed by the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) usher in the Year of the Earth Pig with a fittingly indulgent array of dining delights at Xin Tian Di and festive d├ęcor at the hotel lobby.

At the Crowne Plaza lobby, a prosperity tree with red and gold angpao envelopes and Chinese lanterns attract positive energy into the property, while a red and gold bridge invite guests to pass, to signify crossing over to the new Lunar Year’s bountiful beginnings.


Koi Fish Nian Gao

Lunar New Year Gifts
On the fourth level is Xin Tian Di, the venue’s premium Oriental dining destination with a festive display of Koi Fish Nian Gao elegantly encased boxes of red and gold, available for takeaway as gifts to friends and family. Each box contains two Koi Fish Nian Gao and is priced at Php1,188++ available until February 15.


Yu Sheng Salad

The restaurant’s Yu Sheng salad, a staple during Chinese New Year celebrations, can also be brought home or shared at gatherings as guests toss to wealth, health, and prosperity. Ordered two days in advance, the Yu Sheng is offered with a choice among mixed seasonal fruits (Php728++), salmon fillet (Php988++), or sliced abalone (Php1,288++) available until February 15.



Adorable Pink Piggy Buns filled with luscious lotus cream and egg yolk are also available to share with loved ones in the Year of the Earth Pig for Php288++ until February 15.

Chinese New Year Feast
Xin Tian Di highlights a decadent feast until the day of the Chinese New Year, February 5, comprising a choice of set and a la carte menus. Each set menu includes a box of the Koi Fish Nian Gao, a choice of Eight Treasure Fish Maw with Shredded Sea Abalone Soup or the Double Boiled Conch Meat, Chicken with Conpoy Soup; a choice of rice or noodles with the Braised E-fu Noodle with Crab Meat and Assorted Seafood with Egg White or Fried Organic Rice with Veal and Asparagus in XO Sauce; and Taro Pearl with Coconut Cream and Pan-fried Sweet Glutinous Rice Cake for dessert. 


Deep Fried Stuffed US Scallop
with Wasabi Salad Dressing

The “Wealthy Menu” starts off with a choice of either the Great Glory Yu Sheng (Prosperity Salmon Salad with Jellyfish) or a Cold Cuts Combination (Chinese or Japanese Style) followed by main dishes Deep Fried Stuffed US Scallop with Wasabi Salad Dressing, Steamed Codfish Fillet with Black Bean Sauce; and Roasted Duck in Plum Sauce. The menu is offered at Php12,888++ for four persons.


Steamed Codfish Fillet with Black Bean Sauce

For groups of six, the “Happiness Menu” begins with Fortune Yu Sheng (Prosperity Salmon Fillet Salad) or a Cold Cuts Combination (Chinese or Japanese Style); main dishes Hot Prawn Salad, one-half Roasted Peking Duck served 2-way (with Chinese pancake), Steamed Halibut Fillet in Golden Garlic Sauce; Braised Brocolli with Wild Mushroom Bean Curd Roll in Abalone Sauce; and Wok-fried Minced Duck in Lettuce Cup. The menu is offered at Php16,888++ for six persons.


Eight Treasure Fish Maw with
Shredded Sea Abalone Soup

The “Prosperity Menu” also starts with the Great Glory Yu Sheng (Prosperity Salmon Salad with Jellyfish) or the Divine Combination Platter; Roasted Peking Duck served 2-way with Chinese pancake and condiments; Deep-fried Crispy Taro Shrimp with Honey Plum Sauce and Scallop with Chun Sauce; Stewed Home-style Pork Knuckle with Mushroom and Deep-fried Homemade Bean Curd “Patatim Style”; Steamed Codfish Fillet in Crushed Soya Bean; and Wok-fried Minced Duck in Lettuce Cup. The set menu is offered at Php22,888++ for eight persons.
 
Roast Duck with Plum Sauce

The “Fortune Menu” begins with Fortune Yu Sheng (Prosperity Salmon Fillet Salad) or a Colds Cut Combination (Chinese or Japanese Style); main dishes Hot Prawn Salad; Roasted Peking Duck served 2-way (with Chinese pancake); Stir-fried Tiger Prawn with Butter and Garlic Sauce; Stewed Home-style Pork Knuckle “Patatim Style”; Steamed Live Garoupa with Superior Soya Sauce; and Wok-fried Minced Duck in Lettuce Cup. Ideal for ten persons, the set menu is offered at Php26,888++.


Pan-fried Sweet Glutinous Rice Cake

The “Great Glory Menu” also suits groups of ten and starts with the Great Glory Yu Sheng (Prosperity Salmon Salad with Jellyfish) or Divine Combination Platter; Deep-fried Crispy Taro Shrimp with Honey Plum Sauce and Scallop with Wasabi Sauce; Roasted Peking Duck served 2-way with Chinese pancake and condiments; Steamed Live Codfish Fillet with Deep-fried Home-made Bean Curd in Crushed Soya Bean; Stewed Home-style Pork Knuckle with Black Mushroom and Sea Moss “Patatim Style”; and Wok-fried Minced Duck in Lettuce Cup. The ‘Great Glory Menu” is at Php29,888++.

Lion and Dragon Dance
Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Manila Galleria herald the Lunar New Year with a Lion and Dragon Dance on February 4, starting at 7 pm. At the Crowne Plaza lobby, an eye-dotting ceremony followed by the exchanging of gifts signify the two hotels’ kick-off to the auspicious celebration. The Lion and Dragon dance ceremony will go around the properties’ common spaces, restaurants, ballrooms and offices to bring good luck and ward off negative energy.



For orders and inquiries, guests can call Xin Tian Di restaurant via 633-7222 local 7296/7298 or visit the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/XinTianDiRestaurant.  

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