A Collaboration of Food, Culture and Fashion
This Year, Yauatcha Joins Hands With Gen-Next Fashion Designer, Masaba Gupta To Celebrate Chinese New Year in Kolkata!
Kolkata, 09 February 2019: This is the Year of the Pig, occupying the twelfth and final position in the Chinese zodiac. Reviving old connections, while embracing the existing and new ones, Yauatcha x Masaba celebrates the Chinese year of the pig with a dash of quirk. The second edition of Yauatcha’s glocal collaboration will witness an installation bringing the Pig to life created by renowned fashion designer Masaba Gupta across all three restaurants in Kolkata and Mumbai, Bengaluru. To add to the celebrations, the culinary team at Yauatcha has curated a special menu to pay homage to the festivities with a Chinese New Year signature menu that will be available from 1st February until 28th February in Kolkata showcasing auspicious ingredients.
Masaba Gupta For Yauatcha – The Installation
The twelfth sign of the Chinese Zodiac calendar, the pig, is a symbol of restoration, reflection, renewal, and benevolence. Keeping these attributes in mind, the restaurant ambiance will be recreated with Masaba’s interpretation of the Pig through a unique installation, traditional Chinese lanterns and a larger than life window display.
“Decorating the restaurants is important; it has become part of our annual celebrations and is loved by our guests. We like the idea of celebrating in a way that is fun and charismatic, yet surprising, like the Yauatcha brand”, says Karyna Bajaj, Executive Director KA Hospitality.
A three-dimensional life-sized pig will be the centerpiece that will showcase the auspicious colour red with embossed gold waves that represent continuity, renewal and a new beginning. The inspirational design element is then extended throughout the restaurants.
Chinese New Year at Yauatcha – The Celebratory Menu
The menu will feature a number of authentic Chinese celebratory dishes that are traditionally eaten during Chinese New Year along with some new additions using auspicious ingredients. Highlights of the menu are the intricately folded Yauatcha’s legendary dim sum that also symbolizes wealth in Chinese culture like, the vibrant red Spicy scallop dumpling, Wild mushroom dumpling, the quintessential Prawn and chicken Shui Mai is spiced up for the New Year with a garnish of chilli oil and the crispy Baked lamb puff.
An exclusive Chinese New Year cocktail will be offered for the celebrations called Nagami Fortune featuring Beefeater, kumquat marmalade, raspberry cordial and lime juice.
From the wok dishes, one can enjoy the Stir fry chicken in chili oil with sugar snap, shallot, and leek or the Steamed Indian seabass in superior soy sauce that represents good luck. For the vegetarians, there is Stir-fry asparagus, lotus root and yam bean in pumpkin sauce. To celebrate the amalgamation of past, present, and future, sample the Black truffle fried rice.
In addition, Yauatcha’s pastry team have created a limited-edition macaroon with a Masaba Gupta designed pig stenciled in gold and flavoured with Mandarin.
Lion Dance Performance
During the celebrations, Yauatcha will honor auspicious traditions to see in the Year of the Pig. Authentic Chinese lion dancers will perform through Quest Mall right up to Yauatcha on 2nd February. This high energy, mesmerizing performances offer symbolic expressions of luck, prosperity and good fortune.
Blending the Chinese culture of Yauatcha with Masaba’s aesthetics in a melting pot of diversity and artistry, this one of a kind collaboration of food, culture, and fashion, celebrates Chinese New Year and 10 years of House of Masaba.
When: 1st February until 28th February 2019
Available at Yauatcha Restaurants in Kolkata, Mumbai, and Bengaluru
For Reservation Call: 09222222800
Yauatcha is a Chinese dim sum teahouse offering an all-day dining experience. Launched in 2004 in the heart of Soho in London, Yauatcha gained immediate critical acclaim and received its Michelin star within a year of the opening which it continues to maintain. Yauatcha provides a unique dining experience, offering authentic dim sum with a contemporary influence as well as wok dishes and other small eats. The concept is a modern interpretation of the traditional Chinese teahouse featuring a wide range of Chinese, Indian, Japanese and
Taiwanese teas. Yauatcha is also known for its handmade petit gateaux, macaroons available both a la carte and retail.
Yauatcha is currently located in London, in Soho and in the City, as well as in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata in India and in Houston.
Chef Raymond Won Head Chef, Hakkasan, India
Following his father’s footsteps, Chef Raymond of Malaysian origin started his journey as a chef at a young age of 16. In a career spanning over 30 years and across 20 countries, he has worked for some of the finest Asian restaurants in Australia, Mauritius, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore.
Chef Raymond’s contribution to Cantonese cuisine from the Szechuan region in China, has led him to receive prestigious global accolades from all around the world.
Passionate about learning and adapting to new cultures, Chef Raymond specialises in reinventing authentic dishes and presenting them in a modern flair ensuring every meal is a unique experience.
“I enjoy working behind the scenes, exploring diversified cultures to create fresh and vital Chinese dishes. My team is my asset, my experience is my strength and a smile on every guests’ face is my true reward. Just like doctors in their white robe, I take immense pride in wearing the white chef coat” says Raymond who is looking forward to welcoming you to Hakkasan India and taking you on an experiential culinary journey.