WHERE TO CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEAR AND HOW TO DO IT
by Andrew Chalk
Chinese New Year is the largest food festival in the world. This Saturday, January 25th, is the first day of the 15 day festival to commence the Year of The Rat. Where, and how, do you celebrate it in Dallas?
Here is one suggestion.
Get some friends together (10 is the ideal number, to match the circular tables) and head to 3-6-9 Chinese BBQ in Plano, a family run Chinese restaurant that has been open for over 20 years. There are two menus. The paper one is all of the crowd pleasers, the familiar Chinese food found all many other Chinese restaurants. The wall menu in Mandarin (with English translations) is full of interesting stuff. From these two you can put together a feast of 10 courses. Here is the one that we ate:
Fish Maw with Crab Meat Soup
Filet of Duck Fried Rice
Snow Pea Leaves with Garlic
Lo Mein Combo
Fish Filet with Hot Bean Sauce
Pork Ribs with Spicy Sauce
Order in advance for 10 people and it will come out at less that $30 a person. And it is well cooked. Since 3-6-9 BBQ is BYOB I take along a tart Sauvignon Blanc, an Alsatian Riesling, or a California Syrah. Service is exquisite and I always get one of the circular tables with a lazy Susan.
Chinese New Year is a lot of fun. No food lover should let it pass without taking part!