The Lunar New Year banquet is one of the most important feasts of the year. Families gather to dine on auspicious-sounding foods, including hair moss, or “fat choi,” a play on the Chinese phrase “get rich,” and sun-dried oysters, “hou si,” phonetically identical to “good market.” Here’s where to start your new year with a bang. 1. Fook Lam Moon Situated between Wan Chai and Admiralty, the flagship location of this famous Cantonese restaurant—now with one Michelin star—features two banquet menus. Classic dishes include salted chicken, baked stuffed crab and a crispy suckling pig. Don’t forget the ubiquitous black moss and dried oysters stewed in a thick oyster sauce. 35-45 Johnston Rd., Wan Chai, 2866-0663. 2. Yan Toh Heen Yan Toh Heen’s “Fat Choy” menu offers traditional Lunar New Year delicacies with a modern twist. At $988 per person, it’s available Jan 25 and 26, and Jan 28-Feb 9. Try their garoupa rolls with asparagus, whole abalone, and wagyu beef roll with enoki mushrooms. The traditional black moss and dried oyster dish is served sizzling in a Korean-style stone pot. Save some room for the multi-grain rice with scallop, pinenuts and chestnuts wrapped and steamed in a lotus leaf, a far healthier option than fried rice. Last but not least, dessert is sweetened bird’s nest and sesame dumplings in red bean cream. InterContinental, 18 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2313-2323. 3. Ming Court Award-winning chef Tsang of Ming Court is set to cook up a storm this Lunar New Year. Try his top dishes from Jan 26 to Feb 8, which include braised spare ribs soup with black moss, dried oysters and lotus root; steamed egg with bird’s nest and assorted seafood; bamboo pith stuffed with crabmeat and egg white; and braised abalone with black mushrooms and savory Yunnan ham. To “open the year” with a luncheon, try his dim sum specialties such as steamed pork dumplings with sea moss, dried oyster and pig’s tongue, double-boiled pear with orange peel and Chinese herbs, and his famous pan-fried Chinese New Year pudding. 6/F, Langham Place, 555 Shanghai St., Mong Kok, 3552-3300. 4. Angelini For something a little different, the renowned Italian restaurant at the Kowloon Shangri-La is presenting a Capodanno Chinese menu, a four-course blend of Chinese and Italian flavors. Available from Jan 26 to Jan 31, the set features such interesting fusion items as braised abalone with Chinese dried sausage with a balsamic reduction, linguine with garlic, extra virgin olive oil and dried fish eggs; a choice of either red garoupa with mushroom ravioli in fish consommé or slow-baked pork shank with mango mustard for the main, and rice pudding with pistachios. The set menu is priced at $780 per person. Kowloon Shangri-La, 4 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, \t2733-8750. 5. Cucina With its jaw-dropping harbor view, Cucina is offering two Chinese New Year dinner sets featuring contemporary and classic Cantonese dishes. The $888 menu features pan-fried foie gras and suckling pig, grilled jumbo scallop and honey Yunnan ham, braised abalone stuffed with hairy melon, poached sliced chicken with vegetables and a glutinous rice dumpling in pumpkin soup for dessert. The $688 menu includes an Asian appetizer platter, golden-fried oysters with onion sauce, braised sea cucumber with shiitake, steamed garoupa fillet with bamboo pith on lotus leaf, and aromatic steamed rice with preserved sausage and chicken. The meal ends with ground almond purée with glutinous rice dumpling. 6/F, Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2113-0808. 6. Man Wah The Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s Chinese restaurant, with a view of the city and beautiful ceiling lanterns, will be open during Lunar New Year for you to enjoy a special Cantonese feast. Savor some of the chef’s specialties such as wok-fried lobster in chili sauce, bird’s nest soup with crabmeat, and deep-fried garoupa fillet. The Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Rd., Central, 2825-4003. Also see: Poon Choi: A symbol of prosperity and abundance.