Category Archives: Chinese New Year

Lunar New Year Afternoon Tea at Yauatcha











The other day on a cosy late afternoon, before the daylight dimmed to lifeless charcoal dusk, I invited my other sister Isabella of ‘Rockin’ That Gem‘ blog, to sample some little Chinese New Year treats at Yauatcha.  I’ve eaten at Yauatcha quite a few occasions,  lunch and dinner, business and pleasure, it is one of my favourite dim sum venues in London and has never let me down.

Quietly sipping warm jasmine tea and peach and guava smoothie, giving ourselves a few minutes to warm up our stomaches before gorging on handsome dim sum, and find a topic to start a conversation, blogging of course!  We ordered the Yauatcha Signature Dim Sum Menu for 2 guests, the menu consists of;

  • Blue swimmer crab, with peanut and sesame dressing.
  • Venison puff.
  • Poached Peking chicken dumpling.
  • Har gau.
  • Pork and prawn shui mai.
  • Seafood dumpling soup.
  • Three style mushroom cheung fun.
  • Crispy aromatic duck, quarter.
  • Fried chilli squid, with oatmeal and curry leaf.
  • Chinese vegetable.

Our favourites were the Blue swimmer crab and Three style mushroom cheung fun, both hearty, interesting and fulfilling – substance over style, and perhaps a tiny touch of art in the flavour.  I loved the beautiful glossy Chinese vegetable (so picture perfect), fresh, simple, crunchy, makes a perfect snack on its own.

We ended the afternoon tea with a winning dessert to celebrate the Year of the Horse, limited edition Red Macarons depicting the Chinese character for the Year of the Horse, filled with mandarin ganache and mandarin pate de fruit for prosperity and luck.  Red Petits Gateux in the shape of a traditional Chinese New Year lantern, a jasmine mousse filled with a honey panna centre, with caramelised mandarins and sesame brittle for luck, fortune and fertility.  As well as a bespoke window display created by the Harvey Nichols visual display team exclusively at Yauatcha until the 10th February.  They created a large red origami-style Perspex horse jumping into the front window, with a flowing mane and tail made of 1,000 red folded envelopes, hand made by luxury paper merchant GFSmith.  A lavishing display where fashion meets food, sadly, I missed their traditional Chinese dragon dance performance on Sunday.

Anyways, Happy Lunar New Year everyone!

Many thanks to Yauatcha for having us!
Yauatcha is located at: 15 – 17 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 0DL (see Google map)

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Adieu Dragon salute Snake

Year of the Snake Chinese calligraphy

Happy Chinese New Year and welcome to the Year of the Snake!  The Water Snake celebrated its first day in abrupt fashion, blinding sleet and snow arrived in North London yesterday evening (I hear some parts of London were virtually snowless?), nice

one.  I’ve been pretty much stuffing myself with boxes of sour Mandarins and sumptuous pork crackling gifted by friendly Chinese neighbours. I then had a go at Chinese calligraphy, it has taken me 5 attempts to perfect the scribble effect of both Chinese Traditional characters ‘Fortune’ and ‘Snake’, with the help of my aged Chinese ink and brush.  It doesn’t look that bad.

Once again, Happy Chinese New Year, let the Water Snake bring mobility, tranquility and prosperous future.


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Celebrate Chinese New Year with the bags of our fave Chinese American designer, Alexander Wang

Happy Chinese New Year and welcome to the Year of the Dragon, everyone! Since our cultural knowledge of the traditions of Chinese New Year is admittedly somewhat limited, we thought that the best way we could join in on the festivities would be by highlighting the work of one very talented Chinese American designer – Alexander Wang. After all, what better way to celebrate a culture than by appreciating the contributions of its people?

Wang’s bags are likely familiar to most of you already, but he’s done something a little different for Resort and Spring 2012 – he used color. The man known for black and grey did an admirable job of brightening things up and even incorporating a print or two for the new season, and today seemed like a perfect day to feature several of our favorites. Take a look after the jump and let us know how you’re celebrating in the comments.

Alexander Wang Rocco Satchel, $875 via Neiman Marcus

Alexander Wang Donna Hobo, $795 via Net-a-Porter

Alexander Wang Marion Shoulder Bag, $650 via Neiman Marcus

Alexander Wang Raphael Shoulder Bag, $730 via Net-a-Porter