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Spooky Halloween Specialties And Phenomenal Hairy Crab Delicacies Graces Retro-Themed Dragon Noodles Academy

October 21, 2017 Dining No Comments Email Email

Spooky Halloween specialties and unique dim sums join to celebrate the hairy crab season and Halloween this autumn at the retro Kung Fu-themed DRAGON NOODLES ACADEMY (DNA).  Like a classic Kung Fu film in stunning 3D, the restaurant extracts the “DNA” of traditional Hong Kong food, culture and history and puts it on display like never seen before.

The nostalgic restaurant reminiscent of 1970s Kung Fu academies – complete with elements of old Hong Kong such as lion dances, traditional Chinese herbal medicine shops and hand-carved dragons, has set Hong Kong’s social media abuzz with its eye-catching dishes since opening last November at Man Yee Arcade on Des Voeux Road Central.

This autumn, Dim Sum Head Chef Winson Yip and Wok Section Head Chef KC Mak flawlessly showcase distinctive qualities of hairy crabs with fastidiously invented delicacies in ‘The Culinary Art of Hairy Crab’ and ghoulish, riveting Halloween specials in “Halloween Night”.

Paying tribute to the autumn delicacy exclusively from today to 30 November, DRAGON NOODLES ACADEMY introduces ten new gastronomic reinventions of hairy crab’s rich, golden crab roe that are ready to eat in dim sum style without fiddling with shells. The exquisite seasonal specialty adds a gourmet touch to Flowering Spring Rolls (3 pcs) (HK$69), Steamed Dumplings in Soup (1 pc)  (HK$89),Onsen Egg with Squid Ink Sliced Noodles (HK$119) and even Baked Potato (1 pc)  (HK$89).

Platter style dishes extend to Crab Roe with Tofu (HK$149), Golden Crab Roe Crispy Rice Cakes (HK$169), Crab Roe on Shrimp Dark Bamboo Toast (HK$179), Crab Roe and Sea Cucumber Stuffed with Shrimp Paste (HK$179) and Braised Shanghai Cabbage with Crab Roe(HK$129).  The traditional Steamed Whole Fresh Hairy Crab (HK$189) weighing a hearty 4.5 tael each is also available for diners to savour.

Styled to inspire gastronomic awe, ‘Halloween Night’ specials creepily extend DRAGON NOODLES ACADEMY’s tradition of ingenious culinary creations that are both eye-catching and palatable from now to 31 October.

Mixed Vegetables Salad (HK$99) crawls with deep fried caterpillar fungus, which possesses great health benefits despite oozing with red sesame and beetroot sauce resembling blood, while Steamed Red Bean Pumpkin Dumplings (3 pcs) (HK$49) are traditionally themed.  BBQ Pork Buns (3 pcs) (HK$59) are crafted like skulls and Deep-fried Charcoal Soft Shell Crabs (2 pcs) (HK$119) serve a rare Indonesia white curry sauce with soft-shell crabs that look exactly like burning charcoal!

Chicken Wings Wrapped with Crispy Noodles (4 pcs) (HK$109) are tamer, in a delectable sweet and sour sauce, while the Dumpling Eye with Red Bean Panna Cotta (HK$59) dessert is scrumptious, and freakily resembles a bloody eyeball, giving guests an extra special Halloween this autumn.

At DRAGON NOODLES ACADEMY, dim sum, noodles and classic dishes get a modern makeover at the hands of the innovative culinary team; while the restaurant design combines traditional craftsmanship with Hong Kong history and pop culture. An eye-catching, five-metre long dragon greets guests as they enter the restaurant. DRAGON NOODLES ACADEMY sought only the best traditional artisans to create its exceptional interior, and even then it still took three master craftsmen working day and night for 60 days to hand-carve the meticulous dragons before they were painted with liquid gold and finished with gold leaves to add sophistication.

Elements of the traditional Chinese herbal medicine shops and Kung Fu academies are immediately evident with the large bar stocked with spirits and liqueurs in antique Chinese herb containers while the two private dining rooms are linked with apothecary cabinets with a Wing Chun wooden dummy at the entrance adding to the Kung Fu aura.

The back wall of the main dining room features 12 exquisite handmade lion heads, created especially for DRAGON NOODLES ACADEMY by “Keung’s Dragon & Lion Dance Team”, a third-generation family business and one of the top lion head makers in Hong Kong. The lion heads are accented with luxurious lamb fur in red and black to represent Guan Yu, and black and green for Zhang Fei – legendary generals of Chinese lore.

Another showpiece is the elegant handmade copper “Wulao”. DRAGON NOODLES ACADEMY searched far and wide to find practitioners of this dying art form, locating three master craftsmen who worked by hand for 45 days to create the four “Wulaos” used to serve water and craft beer in the restaurant.

With one foot in the past and the other in the present, DRAGON NOODLES ACADEMY aims to provide a truly unique dining experience where guests can experience contemporary and traditional Hong Kong all together in a multi-sensory fashion.

Occupying 5,200 sq ft, DRAGON NOODLES ACADEMY seats 240 pax with an expansive dining area and two intimate private rooms.  It is located at Shop G04, G/F, Man Yee Arcade, Man Yee Building, 68 Des Voeux Road, Central, opens from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily.

For enquiries or reservations, please call (852) 2561-6688 or email contact@dragon-noodles.com.  For more information, please visit :www.dragon-noodles.com.

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