Monday, September 1, 2014

Hutong presents the ancient art of lantern making for the mid-autumn festival in Hong Kong



Reminiscent of an ancient family courtyard in one of Beijing’s fast disappearing historical neighbourhoods, Hutong at One Peking, takes Chinese tradition to heart.

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From September 7 to 9, Hutong invites guests to join in the mid-autumn celebrations with a bountiful 10-dish banquet menu of seasonal Chinese fare.

Diners will also receive a traditional Mid-Autumn lantern created by Lantern Master Yu.

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THE ANCIENT ART OF LANTERN MAKING

Mid-Autumn Festival or Lantern Festival is an annual tradition, with people carrying colourful lanterns in the parks and streets.

With a history that dates back to the ancient Qin and Han dynasties, lantern making is one of the oldest, most delicate forms of traditional Chinese arts.



Master Yu has practiced the art for decades and now brings it to Hutong on the three evenings of Mid-Autumn Festival for diners to watch.

She will make a Chinese lantern with traditional design now rarely found in Hong Kong, and add a personal message for Hutong’s guests.

A DELICIOUS 10-COURSE MENU



Presented during the festive period is also a delicious 10-dish mid-autumn festival banquet menu featuring Hutong’s signature bamboo clams spiced and steeped in Chinese rose wine and chilli sauce, spotted grouper fillet tossed with fermented beans and dried chilli and large pork dumpling served with dried scallop.

To complete the experience, bird’s nest in coconut almond soup with glutinous rice dumplings are served as a traditional mid-autumn dessert. They are said to appear as yellow lunar moons floating in the sky.





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