Chinese new year treats

Yauatcha brings luck to Chinese new year table

Lydia Kasumi Shirreff

Yauatcha Waikiki will be adding a selection of Chinese New Year specialties to its menu from Feb. 5 through March 4, focusing on ingredients and dishes traditionally believed to bring good fortune.

London artist Lydia Kasumi Shirreff, known as “The Queen of Paper,” was commissioned to create a special lantern installation for the occasion, welcoming the Year of the Earth Dog.

Lydia’s artwork pays homage to the traditional art form of ‘kirigami’ paper cutting. Her designs comprise 48 cut-paper lanterns made from brushed gold and red cards that reflect a high-rise cityscape with a geometric, 3D effect.

Items on Yauatcha Waikiki’s Chinese new year a la carte menu include:

Dim sum
Salted egg yolk custard sesame ball, representing togetherness; $10 per dish.
Chilean seabass roll (pictured), symbolizing financial prosperity); $10 per dish.

Main dishes
Golden fortune prawn in lime sauce (seafood connotes good luck); $16 per dish.
Steamed scallops in black bean sauce with glass noodle; $30 per dish.
Stir-fried duck breast with hazelnut, $20 per dish.
Seafood braised rice in lotus leaf, $20 per dish.

Haoyun (lucky) Lantern petit gâteau dessert with soy-caramel mousse, mandarin confit (citrus is believed to bring luck), and sesame sable; $12 each.
Limited edition macarons: Vanilla Orchid (a lucky flower for 2018), Raspberry Szechuan Pepper (in vibrant red suggesting luck), and Kumquat Cashew; $2.50 each.

Yauatcha is on the Grand Lanai level at International Market Place, 2330 Kalakaua Ave For reservations, call 808.739.9318, email or visit

Courtesy of Yauatcha