Gung Hay Fat Choy! It’s the Year of the Dragon (23 January 2012 – 9 February 2013); the Water Dragon to be specific. Water can be fluid and weak, but it can also be a source of power that can drown the fire of a dragon. This is sure to be a year of intensity, unpredictability and excitement.
The most popular fruit during the New Year, the Mandarin orange, is abundant right now, but even more appropriate—dim sum.
At Lai Wah Heen a selection of jumbo dragon shaped dumplings filled with lobster, shrimp and water chestnuts, in a lobster bisque, signifies health, long life and prosperity. Mini abalone and pork siu mai topped with black moss, signifies good fortune and wealth. While pan-seared turnip and shrimp mousse cake signifies happiness and good fortune. And when I put my chopsticks down, it signifies that I am full.
In honour of the Year of the Dragon, Lai Wa Heen is offering special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus that reflect a panorama of Chinese cuisine fit for an emperor.
The Chinese population in Toronto is said to be one of the largest outside China. We have six Chinatowns in Toronto alone. Foodie Walks through Toronto’s first and oldest Chinatown along Spadina, have become quite popular, and when we fill our bags with ingredients that are not available in any other part of the city, we really feel like we’ve journeyed abroad. Shirley Lum, founder of A Taste of the World, leads these enriching culinary walks complete with tea pouring and chopsticks etiquette reviews.
There are fifteen days to the Chinese New Year festivities, or Spring Festival as it is known in China. Plenty of time to catch a lion dance. Good luck and good fortune!