Food that brings you good fortune? Yes please! There is no doubt that everyone is in need of some after what 2020 has us all through. As the turbulent and restless Year of the Rat slowly comes to a close, the Year of the Ox is upon us.
Every lunar year, each Zodiac animal has auspicious colours, numbers and directions that are meant to bring in luck. Although the Ox is a symbol of stability (fingers crossed for 2021), we’ve still teamed up with some of our favourite restaurants to bring you a guide of the best feng-shui approved dishes each Zodiac animal should be ordering in 2021, just in case you want that extra dash of fortune this year.
Born: 1973, 1985, 1997
Attention all Oxen: it’s your year, but not really… In Chinese culture, the year of your Zodiac, also known as “Ben Ming Nian” is believed to be an unlucky year ridden with obstacles, so it’s time to take your fortune into your own hands. Since 7 is one of the lucky numbers of the year, why not treat yourself to a 7-course meal from Aria Italian?
If you can’t decide what to eat from their big menu, use your lucky colours white, yellow, and green to guide you and double your luck while you’re at it! Enjoy a contemporary twist to traditional Chinese cuisine with Aria Italian’s My Turbot “Xiao Long Bao” with crayfish and citrus. For the ultimate modern Italian experience, place an order for their Risotto with Franciacorta and Taleggio Cheese and their White Truffle and Porcini Mushroom Pizza.
24/F California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar St, Central; +852 2804 1116
Born: 1974, 1986, 1998
Tigers are in for a year of knowledge and evolution, in particular, spiritual development. As you embark on a journey to look within yourself and learn where to direct your energy, gravitate towards colours such as white, silver, and orange. Refresh your palate with the 8 Kinds of Prime Sashimi Platter from FUMI, which boasts a selection of toro, sea urchin and botan shrimp alongside with five kinds of seasonal recommendations from the restaurant. P.S. you can’t leave FUMI without taking a bite of their Fumi Signature Sushi Roll!
6/F California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar St, Central; +852 2328 3302
Born: 1975, 1987, 1999
Rabbits should be prepared to face a delicate time where they will need to re-evaluate their lives. Don’t be afraid to declutter things and people that do not add value to your life, and embrace your desire to do what pleases you. Meanwhile, remember to fuel yourself with all things red and pink — nothing beats a big, fat, juicy steak from Porterhouse Hong Kong, who boasts the most extensive Porterhouse cuts in the city. What are you waiting for? It’s time to cut into a tender Australian “Jack’s Creek” or if you prefer a richer flavour, opt for the Spanish “Los Norteños’, which has powerful notes of blue cheese and mushroom.
7/F California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar St, Central; +852 2522 6366
Born: 1976, 1988, 2000
Our energetic Dragons will find it challenging to buckle down on their recklessness in 2021. A year of discipline and organisation lies ahead of you if you want to achieve your goals. Ironically, if you don’t want your year to go south, you must steer towards the south as it is your auspicious direction. Take your taste buds down to Brazil with Brazillian steakhouse BRAZA Churrascaria and go wild at one of their dinner buffets!
3/F, Grand Progress Building, 15 Lan Kwai Fong, Central; +852 2890 9268
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