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Spring Menu Based on 24 Solar Terms of Chinese Medicine for Limited Time at HK Hotel Restaurant

Spring Menu Based on 24 Solar Terms of Chinese Medicine for Limited Time at HK Hotel Restaurant

One of the "food for vitality and healing" menus offered Eaton Hong Kong

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Eaton Hong Kong, a hotel along Nathan Road on the Kowloon Peninsula (address: B2, Eaton Hong Kong, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, KLN; Tel: 2710-1093), is now offering a limited-time menu of "food for vitality and healing" for two months.

As health consciousness rises among residents, Hong Kong restaurants are using more ingredients common to Chinese medicine such as boxthorn, jelly ear and ginger that are supposed to be "good for the body." But Eaton Hong Kong is adding something to the mix to mark the transition from winter to spring: springtime ingredients that "remove heat and humidity from inside the body and improve the circulation of energies" in accordance with the "24 solar terms" that in Chinese medicine are used to track the seasons.

The menu was dreamed up by Liang Ningyin, a doctor of internal medicine and gynecology who specializes in acupuncture and moxibustion and who is the professional practitioner of Chinese medicine at the Chuan Spa in the Langham Place Mong Kok Hotel. From soup to dessert the entire menu is divided into four themes: "adjusting the internal organs' blood circulation," "adjusting liver function," eliminating drowsiness" and "improving constitution." Liang came up with the menu by applying the laws of nature to the human body. "In Chinese medicine, we have a philosophy that 'heaven and people are in interaction with each other.' The elements that make the structure of heaven and people are basically the same, so it is said that good health can be had by ingesting ingredients that suit the season."

The menu includes Huamei Jiangshaogu (HK$168), a dish of crispy grilled pork with sweetened pickled plum and mini tomato, and Zheshia Ban Chengxiangzhi (HK$218), a plate of minced shrimp wrapped in sugar cane topped with orange sauce. Fugui Shiliuqiu (HK$218) is a sweet and sour dish to "adjust liver function" that includes pork and scallop eyes with a kneaded wrap of egg thought to "supplement physical strength." There are also items that use sweet olive, which has "a relaxing effect," and ginger, which "warms the body."

The menu will be offered until May 4. The hotel's restaurant is open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (opens at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays and holidays).

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