Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Usher in the Year of the Wooden Dragon with Auspicious Offerings at City of Dreams Manila

For blessings and fortune, don’t miss out on partaking Crystal Dragon’s vibrant Yu Sheng Salad

City of Dreams Manila rings in the Year of the Wood Dragon, considered as the luckiest sign in Chinese Zodiac. The integrated resort’s signature restaurants Crystal Dragon and Red Ginger showcase auspicious offerings to welcome the lunar year, making it a destination in this time of reunions and celebrations.

As the Year of the Wood Dragon comes once every 60 years, City of Dreams Manila is also set to hold special events observing the traditions of the occasion.

Crystal Dragon’s Wok-fried Prawns in fragrant oats, with pomelo fruit salad and roasted sesame dressing

Crystal Dragon

Enjoy a prosperous meal at Crystal Dragon, City of Dreams Manila’s outlet specializing in Cantonese and regional Chinese specialties.  From January 25 to February 12, the restaurant highlights its Lunar New Year specialties from lunch to dinner including the signature Lunar Year Prosperity Abalone Yu Sheng.

A quintessential Chinese New Year celebratory fare, Crystal Dragon’s version of the symbolic yu sheng salad consists of sliced abalone, colorful julienned papaya, pomelo, carrots, radish, onion leeks, chopped peanuts, and deep-fried flour crisps drizzled with oil and sweet plum dressing. The abalone symbolizes abundance, while the oil represents a wish for a smooth sailing year. The chopped peanuts and deep-fried flour crisps signify prosperity, and the sweet plum sauce denotes a sweet and harmonious family relationship. The green papaya carries the auspicious meaning of youthfulness, the radish for progression at a quick pace, the leeks for cleverness, and the pomelo and carrots for good luck.  

Yu sheng is a uniquely Lunar New Year tradition that’s popular in Chinese communities in Southeast Asia, particularly in Malaysia and Singapore where heritage Chinese restaurants introduced it in the 1960s.

Other culinary delights offered in  an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner this  season augur harmony and good fortune: Sea Treasures Broth with sea cucumber, crab meat and crispy dried scallop; Slow-braised Pork Knuckle with 10-head abalone, conpoy (dried scallop) and sea cucumber; Steamed Star Grouper with aromatic coriander and yellow chili paste; Slow-poached Yellow Skin Chicken (whole); Wok-fried Prawn in fragrant oat with pomelo fruit salad and roasted sesame dressing; and Wok-fried Fragrant Rice with Chinese liver sausage, lap cheong (Chinese sausage), and mushroom. For luck and togetherness, Crystal Dragon also offers Deep-fried Nian Gao (tikoy or sticky rice cake) with cheese.

A pineapple pastry caps the meal for guests dining on the eve of the occasion and on the day of Lunar New Year for good fortune.

Red Ginger’s version of Nian Gao

Red Ginger

City of Dreams Manila’s Asian bar and bistro renders a Southeast Asian twist to yu sheng salad with its Prosperity Prawn and Pomelo Salad, featuring sustainable prawns, local pomelo, hydroponic-grown lettuce and Vietnamese Nước chấm dressing. As it is customary to eat fish for its symbolism of abundance during this occasion, the restaurant also offers Deep-fried Whole Tilapia with calamansi, ginger and steamed bok choy. Crispy Orange Chicken with toasted sesame seeds, and Red Ginger’s rendition of the ubiquitous Nian Gao consisting of custard-filled glutinous rice cake and fish-shaped tikoy are also highlighted. 

Red Ginger’s menu for the Lunar New Year is available from February 8 to 18 for lunch and dinner.

Other festivities

Activities that bring good fortune and delight are lined up during the festive season, headlined by an eye-dotting ceremony, and a lion and dragon dance on February 10, 5 pm, at the main casino entrance. Following Chinese mythology, the god of fortune is set to make appearances around the property to wish guests abundance and good luck.

From February 8 to 11 from 1 pm to 10 pm at The Shops at the Boulevard, a pop-up bazaar of jewelry and charms from Alfredulla and Charming Lady adds to the festivities, while tarot and palm readers hold court to help guests chart their destiny and find out what is in store for 2024.

For inquiries and reservations, call 8800-8080 or e-mail For more information, visit Explore more of City of Dreams Manila’s promotional offers, rewards, or instantly check Melco Club points with the new Melco Club App, available for free download on iOS and Android.

About City of Dreams Manila

City of Dreams Manila, which opened in February 2015 is at the gateway to Entertainment City in Parañaque and part of the Aseana City township development.

The resort features: modern gaming spaces including VIP and premium mass gaming facilities Qi Long and Sky Gaming; three Forbes Travel Guide(FTG)-rated  luxury hotels: Nüwa Manila (Five-Star since 2018), Nobu Hotel (Four-Star since 2018) and Hyatt Regency Manila City of Dreams (Four-Star since 2017); health and wellness facilities that include Nuwa Spa (FTG Five-Star since 2020) and Nobu Spa; more than 20 restaurants and bars; The Shops at the Boulevard; and distinctive entertainment venues -- DreamPlay, the world’s first DreamWorks-themed family entertainment center, and CenterPlay a contemporary entertainment bar at the focal point of the main gaming floor.

FTG also named City of Dreams Manila in 2022, the winner of the Work Here, Work Happy, an accolade which distinguished the resort’s “employee love” initiatives at the annual Best of the Year Awards. It also named the resort in 2023, a Finalist in the inaugural 2023 Responsible Hospitality Award for outstanding commitment to sustainable practices at the luxury level, a recognition which amplifies the prestigious ASEAN Green Hotel Award for 2022-2024 earlier presented to the resort’s three luxury hotels. The resort is also recognized with RG Check for Responsible Gaming through the accreditation received by Melco for its properties in all its jurisdictions of operations.

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About Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) Corporation

Integrated casino developer Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) Corporation (“MRP”) is a subsidiary of Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited (NASDAQ:“MLCO”), the developer, owner and operator of casino gaming and entertainment casino resort facilities in Asia and Europe.  MRP’s subsidiary, Melco Resorts Leisure (PHP) Corporation (“Melco Leisure”), which developed City of Dreams Manila together with SM Investments Corporation, Belle Corporation and Premium Leisure Amusement, Inc., operates and manages the luxury integrated resort. 

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