To celebrate the year of the Earth Dog, Shangri-La Hotel has partnered with international Emmy-nominated TV Chef and food author, Ching He Huang.
The innovative Chinese dishes created by Ching and the hotel’s Executive Sous Chef, Daniel McGarey, will be available in TĪNG Lounge on level 35 of the hotel for one month, commencing Friday, 16th February 2018.
In Chinese culture; a dog is considered a noble and loyal creature. The Earth Dog in particular is connected with fairness, morality and honour. For many, this year will be associated with brotherhood, solidarity and spiritual wealth over material wealth.
Ching's creative food ethos is to use fresh, organic and ethically sourced ingredients to create modern dishes with Chinese heritage, fusing tradition with innovation. The new menu bridges cultural understanding in a contemporary and entertaining way, appealing to both the East and the West.
A Handful of Laughter and Happiness - Spicy Honey Garlic Prawns: Prawns are a symbol for laughter and happiness to the Chinese. ‘Har’ in Mandarin also means laughter; therefore prawns are a must for Chinese New Year.
A Sprinkle of Wealth – Golden Tofu: This tasty vegetarian dish featuring edible gold sprinkles brings a touch of Shangri-La luxury to all.
A Sea of Wealth - Clams in Shrimpy Hot Black Bean Sauce: Clams resemble ‘coins’ in Chinese culture and also symbolise wealth. This dish marries Japanese Littleneck clams with ginger, chillies, pieces of shrimp and fermented salted black beans in an enriching sauce.
A Cup of Prosperity - Three-cup Chicken with Pineapple ‘Shard’: Chicken is traditionally served on a Chinese New Year menu. ‘Ji’ in Mandarin, the homonym for great fortune and profit, is expertly paired with pineapple, another symbol of wealth. The perfect dish to bring wealth and prosperity.
A Bowl of Longevity - Zhajiang Noodles: Golden yellow noodles are a symbol of long life and promote good health. To ensure extra longevity, do not cut the noodles! This Beijing classic is made with fresh hand-pulled noodles, ‘Zhajiang mein’ (mixed sauce noodle). It features pork, one of the most popular meats in China, and delicately balances rich flavours to create a dish fresh for the Spring.
The menu closes with a selection of exotic and fresh fruits from Asia to cleanse the palate and enrich the mind and soul.
Two cocktails have been designed by Head Bartender Christian Maspes and his team at GŎNG Bar to complement the dishes. Silk Road is a martini style gin cocktail featuring Noilly Prat, Lapsang Souchong and coconut water, which pairs perfectly with the dishes A Sprinkle of Wealth and A Handful of Laughter and Happiness. The second cocktail, Lucky Dog, is a short, shaken vodka cocktail featuring rice wine, Yuzu juice and Ratafia liqueur. Garnished with banana leaf and goji berries, the drink goes hand in hand with the dish A Cup of Prosperity.
The dishes will be served in the sleek, modern Asian-inspired TĪNG Lounge located on level 35 of Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London. The lounge offers comfortable, stylish seating and stunning panoramic views of London, from The Tower of London and Tower Bridge, to North London and Canary Wharf. The menu, which runs alongside the main a-la-carte menu in TĪNG Lounge, is available throughout the day from Friday, 16th February 2018 to 16th March 2018.
A table in TĪNG Lounge can be reserved by phoning +44 (0) 207 234 8108 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.