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Friday, February 16, 2007

More on The Year of the Pig

Chinese New Year is Saturday, Feb. 18. How are you celebrating?

My parents - well, actually, my dad - usually cook up a heap of Chinese food. We're not so picky about what certain foods represent - we never cook a whole steamed fish, for instance. But as long as it's tasty, and family and friends get together, it'll do.

But my folks are traveling this weekend, so I cooked my Chinese food favorites, kung pao chicken and hot and sour soup, (again!) to eat this weekend.

Lauren Bishop had a Chinese New Year story in last Saturday's Enquirer; check out her list of things to do at area restaurants. It's pretty cool that they have the firecrackers in Northern Ky. I've never been, but it'd be fun to check out.

And P.F. Chang's has a new menu featuring the flavors of Yunnan that starts on Saturday. As much as I disdain chain Chinese restaurants in favor of my local haunts (read: Chung Ching in College Hill and Sichuan Bistro in Mason), I do want to check out the Dali chicken and potatoes at P.F. Chang's. I am kind of bummed that the Yunnan specials do not include "crossing-the-bridge rice noodles," one of the first dishes I tried on my first trip to China in 1991. I'll have to keep searching for a better recipe than this, but it's basically really steaming hot chicken soup w/ a layer of fat on top, then you add in all the raw ingredients and cook them, hotpot style. Great back story too. This recipe looks a bit more steaming and authentic!

Does this convergence of holidays make anyone else crazy? How to celebrate them all? Valentine's Day Feb 14, CNY Feb 18, and Mardi Gras Feb 20. Wait till 2010 (the Year of the Tiger) when Chinese New Year is Feb 14 as well!

Kung Hey Fat Choy! And enjoy the year of the pig.


at 6:15 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

I'm going here!

It’s the Global Center YPs’ First Happy Hour of the Year!

Join us as we celebrate Chinese New Year, The Year of the Pig.

It’s going to be an exciting year with lots of new things going on at the Global Center – come find out!

Thursday, February 22nd

Pacific Moon Café
Newport on the Levee

Drink specials and $1 appetizers

RSVP to jarostegui@globalcincinnati.org

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