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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Sofitel Manila celebrates Chinese New Year: Year of the Earth Pig, featuring Recipes of Prosperity

From February 4 to February 8, 2019 you can now celebrate Chinese New Year with your friends and family here at Spiral of Sofitel Manila.  Sofitel Manila welcomes the Year of the Earth Pig and they are offering a sumptuous feast prepared by their master chef - Chinese Chef Yui So Chan.

Sofitel Manila prepares the 12 dishes of prosperity, a kind of dishes that bring good luck, prosperous health, wealth and bounty.

Spiral Manila

Chef at work at the Chinese atelier of Spiral.


Braised Abalone with Mushroom
Abalone is believed to bring good fortune and wealth. Its Chinese translation also signifies assurance and surplus hence partaking of this dish leads to an abundance of wealth.

Traditional Hong Kong Steamed Fish
The Chinese believe that eating the whole fish with the head and tail intact symbolizes a year’s beginning all the way to its end. The Chinese translation for fish also sounds similar to their word for “abundance.”

Ho Se with Spinach and Sea Moss
Braised dried oysters with sea moss is believed to bring positivity in business and entrepreneurs. Black moss translates to “strike rich.”

Half Shell Scallop in X.O. sauce
Eating sautéed scallop in X.O. sauce is believed to be a a symbol of fertility, life, as well as new
opportunities. X.O. sauce is packed with luxurious ingredients and aroma making it one of the sauces of the rich.

Traditional Pork Dumplings with Spicy Vinegar Sauce
As one of the foundation of Chinese delicacies, traditional dumplings are known to bring in
togetherness. It has been a belief that the dish urges unity and harmony in families. They are a
symbolism of intact relationships and unbreakable bond.

Buddha Soup
The buddha soup is famous for its auspicious ingredients. Its translation in Chinese means “housefilled with silver and gold” thus the dish brings out good wealth and fulfilment. Mushrooms and bamboo shoots are believed to bring longevity while ginseng is popular for healing.

Cereal Butter Prawn
Prawns are one of the important festive Chinese seafood dishes. In Chinese, the word “prawn” is a symbol of liveliness and cheerfulness. Cereal butter prawns incorporate modern flavors to tradition.

Creamy Butter Crab
Crabs are believed to be a sign of higher achievements and greater possibilities. As the New Year comes, it symbolizes that every year is an opportunity to grow.

Long Life Noodles in 8 Treasure Sauce
Eating noodles is believed to bring long life. This belief has been practiced in most Chinese occasions particularly birthdays, New Year’s and anniversaries. It represents happiness and good health for one’s life.

Steamed Chocolate Pig Buns
As the Year of the Pig draws near, pig-shaped buns have added color into this festivity. With its bright color and exquisite details, these dimsums are used to pray for favorable weather for abundance.

Cua Pao filled with Glazed Pork Belly
Cua Pao has been part of China’s rich history and cuisine. It is traditionally eaten during breakfast as welcome to a new day and a brighter future.

Pork Floss Bun
Pork Floss is a dried meat product with a light and fluffy texture that is usually used for toppings. It is believed that adding pork floss to bread, congee, rice and tofu adds flavor and color to these basic dishes which impacts a positive outlook in one’s daily life.

Celebrate Chinese New Year with family, friends and loved ones at Spiral available at the following rates:

• February 4, 2019: Php2,850 nett per person for lunch and Php3,888 nett per person for

• February 5, 2019: Php3,588 nett per person for lunch and Php3,888 nett per person for

• February 6-7, 2019: Php2,850 nett per person for lunch and Php3,600 nett per person
for dinner

• February 8, 2019: Php2,850 nett per person for lunch and Php3,450 nett per person for

Celebrate Chinese New Year in a intimate and lavish setting as Le Bar presents a flavorful
selection of Chinese dishes featuring Cantonese Style Braised Beef, Kung Pao Mixed Seafood
and Steamed Pork Ribs in Black Bean Sauce. Indulge in your Chinese dish of choice from
hotpot, stir-fried and dimsum for Php799 nett per dish.

Welcome the Year of the Pig as Sunset Bar presents a Chinese hawker style feast on its Sunset
Barbecue buffet on February 4, 2019. Gourmands will be entertained by a live musical entertainment, fire dancers and a fireworks display as they enjoy this festive celebration. Rate is set at Php3,488 nett inclusive of unlimited local beer, iced tea, special cocktails and Wine of the Month.

For more information on Recipes for Prosperity:Sofitel Celebrates The Year Of The Earth Pig, please call +63 2 832 6988 or email

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