EATSplorations has given us a lot of firsts. It’s been a great 7 months here in Manila so far, as we have gone to different restaurants that we have not tried before. And we also have tried a number of dishes that were new to us. Lots of fun, food, and friendships through out our various EATSperiences. In this edition of EATSplorations, we will be sharing with you all another first. Our first Chinese New Year Feast at Red Lantern in Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque City. Just under a week before the year of the rooster—Solaire and Zomato teamed up and prepared a sumptuous dinner for us and some fellow Zomato Foodies to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year. Of course, the dinner had to be Chinese cuisine prepared by Solaire’s top Chinese chefs from Singapore. Join us as we share our Red Lantern EATSperience, one dish at a time.
It was our first time to EATSperience dining at Red Lantern. The place really looked lovely from the outside, from the main dining hall, to our very own private dining room that evening. Yes, we were really up for something special that night. Having some familiar faces around made it even more special. It was great sharing the table with some foodie friends from Zomato and Solaire. The staff and chefs were very hands on. Head Chef Jimmy Chaw made sure that all of us, including Baby Eats, had a great time. He even gave Sabine an angpao with golden chocolate coins.
The list of dishes looked really exciting and intimidating at first. Exciting because all of it looked really tasty and intimidating because it was around 10 courses. Our starving tummies await these 10 amazing dishes and we can’t wait to share all with you.
Before we began, we had to partake in the famous Singaporean tradition of “Yu Sheng” or Prosperity Toss. The dish was composed of different vegetables, sauces, spices and smoked salmon. And each ingredient symbolized something. The idea was to toss everything together as high as we could and shout out loud to usher in bountiful blessings.
Red Lantern made an interesting version of the usual abalone starred dish. The addition of the different components gave every bite a good variety in texture and in flavor. Although, most of it were good, we found the dried oysters a little out of place in terms of texture.
This one’s a work of art! The “Mushrooms” were baos with braised mushrooms and the “Carrots” were fried glutinous rice with minced pork. We hesitated to eat it because it was too beautiful. Who would have thought that the components of this dish can be presented this way? It was really appetizing and filling.
These were HUGE pieces of siew mai with whole shrimps! It was our first time to try something like this. A lovely fusion of Cantonese and Japanese cuisine. The tobiko and bonito flakes added another layer of flavor, texture and aroma to the already tasty siew mai.
These dumplings were steamed to perfection! The addition of the black truffle just made our most favorite dim sum item even more superb. We might have had at least 2 to 3 pieces of this because it was really really good!
This was truly a feast because of this beautiful Peking Duck! The thin slices of crispy duck skin with a little of fat, together with the Chinese pancake, leeks, and hoisin sauce make one heavenly treat. The duck was really plump and was cooked to perfection. Well done, Red Lantern!
Melt in your mouth braised pork belly plated like a majestic pyramid. It was really tender and it was cooked really well—from the meat to the fat, nothing will be put to waste. The cuapao that was paired with this was soft and fluffy and it completed our EATSperience.
2 of our favorites combined. It was definitely love at first bite! The prawns were deep fried to perfection and each piece was coated evenly with salted egg yolk. The chili and basil leaves added flavor to the already luscious prawns.
Another Duck dish added to our bountiful feast. The stir-fried diced duck meat had a very oriental flavor wherein it had a mixture of sweet, salty and spicy tastes. We enjoyed eating this using our hands as we cupped the lettuce with duck meat and savored every bite.
After indulging in the different savory dishes, time to feed our tummies with something sweet. The pan-fried tikoy was easy to eat, as it was not too sticky nor too hard. The snow lady had a lighter texture than of a mochi and it had a sweetened cream with mangoes inside. And the osmanthus tea jelly was refreshing and light. This dessert combination capped our Chinese New Year feast really well.
Top Picks of Mr. Eats
1. Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk
2. Peking Duck
3. Har Gau with Black Truffle
Top Picks of Mrs. Eats
1. Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk
2. Garden Bay
3. Snow Lady
Our first Chinese New Year feast was indeed made memorable by Red Lantern at Solaire. It was a combination of a lovely ambiance, good company and of course, well-executed signature dishes. Thanks to the amazing chefs and staff of Solaire and Zomato for a wonderful night! That’s it for this edition of EATSplorations! For any comments and suggestions, don’t hesitate to comment below or e-mail us at email@example.com, bye for now!
Solaire Resort & Casino, Aseana Avenue, Entertainment City, Parañaque City
+632 888 8888
11: 30am to 3:00pm and 6:00pm to 10:30pm (Mon to Sun)
Budget for the set that we tried: Php 3400 per person