22 Apr 2022 By May Ng

Club Rangoon makes a splash with Thingyan Water Festival celebrations

Traditional snacks and shots on the house to commemorate the New Year

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s only Burmese restaurant Club Rangoon makes a memorable return after a short break with a week-long celebration of Thingyan (Water Festival) in the lead up to the Burmese New Year. Just in time for the Easter long weekend, in place of the regular lunch menu on weekdays, the operation week of 14–17 April welcomes an extended offer of the popular Sagaw Hta Min Weekend Brunch from 12pm–3pm and 3pm–6pm alongside additional festive offerings typical of the Thingyan season.

While guests can enjoy Club Rangoon’s classic Sagaw Hta Min Brunch menu and free-flow packages befitting of the long weekend, the restaurant will also be giving away complimentary portions of a traditional Thingyan snack, Mont Lone Yay Baw, to those dining in. Typically consumed only during the week of Thingyan, it is a dessert dish made from boiling balls of rice dough, where each ball is filled with pieces of sweet jaggery and garnished with coconut shavings. In addition, upon being seated, diners can toast to the Burmese New Year celebrations with a Burmese-inspired welcome shot concocted by Bar Manager Hnin Pwint Aye.

As guests indulge in their brunch spread, they can also learn more about the cultural traditions associated with the Water Festival through classic Thingyan music playing, the seasonal decor, as well as added quirks of offering complimentary sachets of ‘Tayaw’ shampoo — a natural Burmese shampoo made from Kinpun beans and bark that is deemed auspicious when used during the New Year period.

Perfectly aligned with the long weekend, the combination of brunch, free-flow, and Thingyan festivities aims to bring the seasonal bustle of Myanmar right to the heart of the city as Club Rangoon re-opens. With relaxed dining restrictions and dinner back on the cards from 21 April onwards, Club Rangoon will be back in full force with a five-day operation week thereafter with both lunch and dinner service on offer, open through Tuesday–Saturday and closed on Sunday and Monday. Reservations can be made here.