Tuesday, February 1 marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year, a celebration involving feasts, parades and a lot of symbolism in Chinese and other Asian cultures.
The metroplex’s plethora of Asian restaurants means Dallasites fortunately don’t have to look far to discover spots to celebrate the Year of the Tiger. Keep reading for special menu items and special activities this week.
The new Asian-inspired steakhouse in Dallas’ Koreatown is featuring a $29 special tteokguk, which is a rice cake soup with slices of rice cake, beef and eggs, a shrimp pancake, and galbi-jjim, or braised short ribs. Reservations are available at nurigrill.com.
Asia Times Square
Though technically in Grand Prairie, this free and family-friendly celebration will be worth the drive. This hall on Pioneer Parkway will host a firework display and lion dance on February 5 and 6.
For a decidedly formal take on the traditional New Year celebration, Visit The Adolphus Hotel for a limited-time tea menu, offering dim sum like char siu pork in duck buns, East Asian-inspired pastries like a red berry tart, and Zakti teas. This special tea menu will be offered through Sunday, February 6 and is priced at $65 for adults and $30 for children 12 and under. Reservations are available on Resy.
Wok Star Chinese
This restaurant located in The Hill shopping center is celebrating the Year of the Tiger with a one-night-only celebration on Tuesday, February 1. The evening will feature dragon dancers, soup dumplings, a specialty cocktail called the Forbidden Dao, and giveaways including traditional Chinese lanterns.
Ngon Viet Kitchen
Ngon will be offering their New Year special Ha Noi noodle soup bún thang, as well as another celebratory dish called bánh chúng chiên, which is a pan-fried sticky rice cake with mung bean and beef ham.
Sloane’s is taking a subtle approach to their Lunar New Year celebrations, with the introduction of a new spin on a classic cocktail. The Lunar 75 is an extra bubbly concoction of Hendrick’s Lunar gin, kumquat, and lemon.
For a quick sweet treat, head to one of the area Fat Straws locations for their Lunar New Year Chewy Puffs, available in two special flavors: Tiger (orange creamsicle), and strawberry with gold flakes. The red represent happiness and good luck, while the gold represents prosperity and good fortune. The Lunar New Year lineup will be available through February 5.