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Reunite over a rich array of food

ALONG with receiving red envelopes, exchanging gifts, launching fireworks and wearing new outfits, enjoying food is an important part of the Chinese lunar New Year celebrations.

Families reunite around the dinner table during this time to feast on various delicacies, and a couple of establishments in Shanghai are offering their own take on the traditional Spring Festival dinner celebrations.

At Renaissance Shanghai Pudong Hotel, you will find a surprising combination of Cantonese dishes, Yangzhou delicacies, Sichuan specialties and traditional Shanghai food.

Braised beef spare ribs with ginseng sauce come highly recommended by the chef at Renaissance Pudong.

Using high-quality beef, the carefully selected spare ribs are added to a soup that has been boiling for seven to eight hours, and then placed in the oven for six hours.

The result are soft, smooth, rich and delicious spare ribs with ginseng sauce, using more than 30 spices.

To make the occasion even more special for family get-togethers, Renaissance Pudong is offering a traditional Chinese New Year dinner set menu priced from 1,288 yuan (US$195) to 3,988 yuan per table.

For small families, the New Year set menu costs from 188 yuan, 388 yuan and 588 yuan per person.

Located on the fringe of the dynamic new business district in Pudong, Renaissance Pudong is only a five-minute drive from the Shanghai New International Expo Center and also only a short distance from Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

Its 370 supremely comfortable rooms are equipped with high-speed Internet access and 37-inch LCD TVs.

With 1,500 square meters of banqueting space that includes a 545-square-meter ballroom and 10 fully equipped function rooms, Renaissance Pudong is the ideal place for a memorable lunar New Year dinner with the whole family.

Adjacent to the New World Shanghai Hotel in Changning District, YUE 1525 specializes in traditional Cantonese fare.

The restaurant offers a wide selection of authentic home-style Cantonese delicacies which include 20 clay pot dishes and 20 signature soups.

Chef Wong Kam Chung says YUE 1525 likes to serve consistent good-quality dim sum with a wide range of seafood dishes and he strongly recommends the rice with assorted seafood in soup.

Chef Wong first fries fresh shrimp and other seafood before adding rice imported from Thailand. Once the rice has become a golden color, the dish is ready to serve.

Home-made traditional Chinese New Year rice cakes are available for the price of 128 yuan per box. Dim sum is priced from 8 yuan each, and guests can also enjoy steamed shrimp dumplings, barbecue pork buns, pan-fried turnip cakes, cream of almond with egg white and chicken feet in XO sauce. Set menu dinners are available during the Spring Festival period.

With floor-to-ceiling French doors, guests can dine at YUE 1525 while enjoying natural daylight or the sparkling street lights at night. The restaurant seats 166 and provides a casual dining ambiance in a classical setting suitable for family feasts, business dining and special occasions.


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