by Andrew Chalk
Chinese New Year (aka Tết - in Vietnam, Seollal in Korea, Lunar New Year, and the Spring Festival) is the largest food festival in the world. Friday Febuary 12th is the first day of the 15 day festival (shorter in Vietnam) to commence the Year of The Ox (buffalo in Vietnam). Where, and how, do you celebrate it in Dallas?
Here is one suggestion.
Get some friends together and order online from 3-6-9 Chinese BBQ in Plano, a family run Chinese restaurant that has been open for over 20 years. There are two menus in the restaurant. The paper one is all of the crowd pleasers, the familiar Chinese food found at 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 one that we ate:
Fish Maw Soup
Duck Fried Rice
Snow Pea Leaves
Low Mein Combo
Fish Filet Hot Bean Soup
Pork Ribs with Spicy Sauce
Order in advance for 10 people and it will come out at less that $40 a person. And it is well cooked. Pair with a tart Sauvignon Blanc, an Alsatian Riesling, or a California Syrah.
Chinese New Year is a lot of fun. No food lover should let it pass without taking part!