Celebrity chef Ching-He Huang launches Chinese New Year menu at Harvey Nichols
Acclaimed chef Ching headed to Harvey Nichols restaurant in Manchester to talk us through her new menu, available for the next two weeks
Celebrity chef Ching-He Huang has launched her own Chinese New Year menu at Harvey Nichols restaurant in Manchester.
The menu, available until February 28 at the Harvey Nichols second floor restaurant to celebrate the start of the Chinese Year of the Sheep, is based around “Yin and Yang” cosmic forces.
And Glamorous Ching talked guests through the menu at a special launch event held at Harvey Nicks, before the menu rolled out to all of the posh department store’s restaurants across the country.
She said: “This is my chance to share with people my love for Chinese cooking and culture.
“In Chinese cuisine, it is believed that ingredients possess an energetic quality of yin, yang or neutral.
“Cooking methods also impart a yin (cooling) or yang (heating) quality. By pairing ingredients with different cooking methods, the overall dish may be yin, yang or neutral.
“This complex yet rich philosophy is the basis for my Harvey Nichols menu to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Sheep. I have chosen dishes that possess differing yin and yang qualities, injected different cooking methods and ingredient pairings, to achieve an overall balanced celebratory meal.”
The menu includes Somen Noodles which represent longevity, Golden Wontons for prosperity; a crispy duck dish which represents fidelity; prawns for laughter and crab for thankfulness.
It’s divided into six main dishes and three traditional “Kai Wei Cai,” (appetisers), fusing modern flavours with Chinese heritage with dishes priced from £5 to £7.
Ching said it was particularly special to launch the menu in Manchester – as when she first came with her family to the UK, Manchester was the first China Town she visited.
Stylish Ching was also rather pleased to launch within the designer department store, as she admitted: “I love shoes and clothes! I’m so honoured to have been asked to create a menu for Harvey Nichols.”
As for her own Chinese New Year celebrations, Ching says she has already toasted the event with family, as this is the busiest time of her year workwise.