Seafoodhot and sour soup (two bowls), aromatic duck rolls, lobster with ginger onnoodles, wasabi king prawns, fish and asparagus, beef and mango … Dish followedcalorie-laden dish, the wine flowed and the Blog welcomed in the Year of theDragon in a manner which would be a major health risk if continued for morethan one night.
Itwas a pleasure to be invited to the IOD Chinese New Year dinner at the Phoenix Palace. The highlight of the evening wasthe crazed Lion Dance around the restaurant where the dancing lion shookhimself aggressively around all the tables to very loud accompanyingpercussion.
Theonly disappointment was the Blog’s failure to win anything in the raffle, whichincluded three sets of business class tickets from London to Hong Kongon the new all-business class Hongkong Airlines route which launches in March.
Dresscode for the evening was national dress or business suit, and a lot of Chineseladies and a few men were in traditional Chinese dress. A number of Englishladies were wearing the same, and the Blog has to say that it suits the slimmerChinese frame rather better than the curvier English figure.