Chinese Five Elements Dinner

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Man Ho Chinese Restaurant main dining room.

Where to Eat in Hong Kong

Man Ho Chinese Restaurant is a one-star Michelin restaurant at the JW Marriott Hong Kong. Serving authentic Chinese cuisine, it opens for lunch and dinner. It is one of seven F&B outlets at the five-star hotel, which is located at Admiralty on Hong Kong Island.

Five Elements

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Jayson Tang, Executive Chinese Chef , JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong.

The Chinese Five Elements consist of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. And they are believed to be the fundamental elements of everything in the universe.

Most importantly, the Chinese Five Elements explain the relationship between things.

For example, they are used in feng shui, astrology, music, martial arts, and military strategy.

In fact, the Five Chinese Elements are even used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)! But does that extend to cuisine?

Jayson Tang, Executive Chinese Chef at JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, has created a five elements menu based on TCM. And he believes it will promote     harmony in the body, mind, and spirit.

Each one of the five elements has a corresponding colour of food. Likewise, each colour of food has a corresponding internal organ.

  • Wood – Green – Liver
  • Fire – Red – Heart
  • Earth – Yellow – Spleen
  • Metal – White – Lungs
  • Water – Black – Kidneys

The consumption of dishes made from these ingredients is thought to promote the health of the corresponding organ.

Thus, foods that a green are thought to promote the health of the liver.

Chinese Five Elements Dinner Menu

Mam Ho Chinese Restaurant at the JW Marriott Hotel on Hong Kong Island serves a mouth-watering Chinese Five Elements Dinner.

Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the menu is designed to promote the health of the liver, heart, spleen, lungs, and kidneys.

Appetizers

First, start your Chinese Five Elements Dinner with five appetizers. And each appetizer represents a different element and a different colour. Therefore, it will promote the health of a different organ!

Green Foods

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Chilled bamboo pith stuffed with seaweed.

First, go with green foods (wood), which TCM practitioners believe help remove toxins from the liver. This green power juice comprises apple, celery, green pepper, and cucumber. In addition, it has chilled bamboo pith stuffed with seaweed.

Yellow Foods

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Poached egg with chanterelle mushroom.

Second, try the poached egg with chanterelle mushroom. This appetizer represents yellow foods (earth) to strengthen the spleen.

Black

Third, try the chilled chicken with Chinese wine, which is a black food (water) to replenish your kidneys.

Red Foods

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Chilled chicken with Chinese wine; chilled tomato with crab meat and cucumber.; and marinated osmanthus with fresh yam purée

Next, protect our heart with the chilled tomato with crab meat and cucumber, which is a red food (fire).

White Foods

Finally, try the marinated osmanthus with fresh yam purée, a white food (metal) to repair the lungs.

Main Courses

The main course also comprises five dishes. Like the appetizers, each one is designed to generate energy and nourish one of your internal organs.

Red Foods

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Double-boiled conch soup and red ginseng with Kanto sea cucumber.

Because the heart is important to circulate blood and nutrients, warm it up with the double-boiled conch soup and red ginseng with Kanto sea cucumber filled with red foods (fire).

Yellow Foods

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Pan-fried amadai fillet with sweet corn sauce.

Next, strengthen the spleen for a better digestive system with the pan-fried amadai fillet with sweet corn sauce, representing yellow foods (earth), .

White Foods

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Pan-fried fish maw with almond consommé.

As respiratory organs, the lungs need white foods (metal). Therefore, you can promote healthy lungs with pan-fried fish maw with almond consommé.

Black Foods

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Deep-fried pigeon leg and pan-fried shredded pigeon.
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Braised brown rice with abalone.

Because black foods (water) nourish the kidneys and enhance the immune system, end your meal with two dishes to promote their well-being. First there is deep-fried pigeon leg and pan-fried shredded pigeon. Second, there is braised brown rice with abalone.

Dessert

If you noticed that there were no green dishes among the main courses, that was not an omission. That was beause the chefs were saving the best for last!

The chilled avocado and green apple jelly with premium bird’s nest packs green foods (wood) rich in  in natural remedies and dietary fibre.

The Five Elements Chinese dinner requires at least eight persons. And you must make reservations at least three days in advance.

JW Marriott Hong Kong Hotel

A five-star hotel, the JW Marriott Hong Kong Hotel occupies a privileged location atop the Pacific Place shopping mall at Admiralty on Hong Kong Island.

The hotel has a total of seven food and beverage outlets. First, Man Ho Chinese Restaurant is a Michelin one-star restaurant. And it opens for lunch and dinner.

In addition to the Chinese Five Elements Dinner, Man Ho Chinese Restaurant serves authentic Chinese fare. And the extensive menu runs from home-made dim sum to live seafood made with the best and freshest ingredients.

Furthermore. the restaurant has an extensive tea list and a wide range of quality wines.

In addition to the Man Ho Chinese restaurant, the hotel has a seafood restaurant called Fish Bar, an international eatery called JW Cafe, a grill called Flint, a lobby lounge called The Lounge, a deli called Dolce 88, and a pub called Bar Q88.

Location

Man Ho Chinese RestaurantJW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong Island. Telephone: (852) 2810-8366.

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