Seafood hot and sour soup (two bowls), aromatic duck rolls, lobster with ginger on noodles, wasabi king prawns, fish and asparagus, beef and mango ... Dish followed calorie-laden dish, the wine flowed and the Blog welcomed in the Year of the Dragon in a manner which would be a major health risk if continued for more than one night.
It was a pleasure to be invited to the IOD Chinese New Year dinner at the Phoenix Palace. The highlight of the evening was the crazed Lion Dance around the restaurant where the dancing lion shook himself aggressively around all the tables to very loud accompanying percussion.
The only disappointment was the Blog's failure to win anything in the raffle, which included three sets of business class tickets from London to Hong Kong on the new all-business class Hongkong Airlines route which launches in March.Dress code for the evening was national dress or business suit, and a lot of Chinese ladies and a few men were in traditional Chinese dress. A number of English ladies were wearing the same, and the Blog has to say that it suits the slimmer Chinese frame rather better than the curvier English figure.