Aside from Sinulog, Chinese New Year is one of the most sought after celebrations in Cebu.

In the urban downtown, as well as the industrial parts of the city, traces of Chinese influences are strongly seen from the old houses and commercial landscapes of Cebu even to this day. This is evident of the early Cebuanos’ historic linkages with immigrant merchants from China.

Being a hot pot of cultures, I’d say that, Cebu is practically a huge Chinatown with the increasing number of Filipino-Chinese families all over the city. The influx of Chinese tourists is also expected with Cebu’s new international airport, adding more vibrance to the city’s Lunar year celebration.

Though I’m not of Chinese descent, I have always been fascinated with Chinese culture and its food. And it’s a delight to know that a lot of Cebuanos celebrate Chinese New Year in a grand fashion.


Among the establishments that usher Chinese New Year in a grandiose manner is Cebu’s Best City HotelWaterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. The hotel’s Chinese New Year Celebration is regarded as one of the most sought after events in the city by everyone, whether with Chinese descent or none.

This year, the award winning hotel has prepared another splendid event to welcome the Year of the Rooster. On January 27, 2017, Traditional Chinese practices will be observed like the Lion and Dragon’s Dance at 7:00 PM and a Grand Fireworks Display at the hotel’s main entrance by 9:00 PM will take place on the same day.


To usher in good luck, prosperity and good fortune, you can avail of the 7 course Chinese set menu in Tin Gow at the Cebu City Waterfront and Casino starting January 23 to 31. The set menus are curated by Chinese Master Chef Jimmy Low which are good for 10 persons.


Set Menu A (Php 8,888.00)

  • Chinese Yee Sang (Prawn)
  • Chinese Tikoy and Mango Sago
  • Golden Soup with Crabmeat
  • Steamed Live Garoupa with Garlic Sauce
  • Deep-Fried Spareribs with Salt and Pepper
  • Deep-Fried Prawns with Tomato Sauce
  • Steamed Beancurd with Minced Prok
  • Yong Chow Fried Rice
Set Menu B (Php 11,888.00)
  • Good Luck Yee Sang (Salmon)
  • Spring Roll and Siomai
  • Green Vegetable Beancurd Soup
  • Deep-Fried Garoupa in Ginger Sauce
  • Stir-Fried Malaysian Chicken
  • Braised Beancurd with Shrimp
  • Deep-Fried Pork in Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • Egg Fried Rice with Chicken
  • Ginseng and Longan with Radish
  • Homemade Tikoy
Set Menu C (Php 15,000.00)
  • Chinese Yee Sang (Salmon)
  • Siomai, Prawn Roll, Cumbi Chicken, Asparagus with Shrimp
  • Double Boiled Fish maw and Scallop Soup
  • Pork Knuckle with Sea Cucumber and Abalone in Oyster Sauce
  • Steamed Live Crab with Garlic
  • Stir-Fried Bamboo Shoot, Black Mushroom, and Taiwan Pechay
  • Chicken Fried Rice with Asado in Hot Pot
  • Chinese Tikoy with Fruit Platter

Aside from the delicious set menus, the traditional Sticky Rice Cake or Tikoy is also available which is a good take home gift for your friends and family. Four variants (Almond, Ube, Pandan, and Brown) will surely tickle your tastebuds for only Php210.00




Last week, The Lifeaholics have been invited to preview and taste Tin Gow’s set menu for the Chinese New Year celebration. The intimate lunch gathering started with Yee Sang, Yu Sheng, or Lo Hei, also known as Prosperity toss. It’s a festive salad dish that’s said to have originated from the Chinese living in Singapore and Malaysia in the 1960s and it has become popular in Chinese New Year celebrations throughout other Chinese communities in Southeast Asian regions.

Good Luck Yee Sang (Salmon) at Tin Gow

Symbolic of good luck, prosperity and  health, Yee Sang usually consists of strips of raw fish (salmon), mixed with shredded vegetables like carrot, radish and a variety of sauces and condiments like nuts, pepper, oil and plum sauce.

Strips of Salmon added to Good Luck Yee Sang 


Before everyone gets to eat the dish, tradition dictates that the ingredients must be tossed high up in the air to bring in good luck and prosperity.

So, everybody got up armed with chopsticks and we tossed the Yee Sang as high as we can while joyfully shouting “Lo Hei” which means “toss high”. It is said that the higher you toss the salad, the more prosperous and luckier you’ll be throughout the year.

Prosperity Toss at Tin Gow, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel 
Yee Sang after the Prosperity Toss

After the messy yet enjoyable Prosperity toss, we sampled dishes from Tin Gow’s Set Menu B

Tin Gow’s Spring Roll and Siomai
Tin Gow’s Green Vegetable Beancurd Soup
Tin Gow’s Deep Fried Garoupa in Ginger Sauce
Tin Gow’s Stir Fried Malaysian Chicken
Tin Gow’s Braised Beancurd with Shrimp
Tin Gow’s Deep Fried Pork in Sweet and Sour Sauce
Tin Gow’s Egg Fried Rice with Chicken
Tin Gow’s Ginseng and Longan with Radish
Tin Gow’s Homemade Tikoy
Chinese Master Chef Jimmy Low with Waterfront Cebu City Hotel’s General Manager,Anders Hallden

Visit Tin Gow Palace at the Gourmet Walk, Lobby Level of the Waterfront.

They are open at 11:00 AM until 02:30 PM for Lunch and 06:00 PM until 10:30 PM for Dinner. For inquiries or reservations, you may call call (63-32)

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino is one of the well-known landmarks in the City of Cebu and is the premier venue for events and conventions in the country. Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino is located at Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines.