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Are you eating Chinese food on 8-8-08 ... what and where?

Since that is a Chinese lucky number and the opening ceremonies of the Olympics ... it seems like a theme day.

I'm planning on eating at Jac's Asian Bistro in El Cerrito where every single item price ends in 88 cents. I'll probably go big-time and get one of the dishes that are $8.88.

Maybe the steak cubes and snap peas in xo sauce or baked Portuguese chicken.

What Chinese dishes are thought to bring good luck?

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      1. re: rworange

        Yes, I was thinking Larkin Street Deli, for similar reasons.

      1. re: CYL

        We're having a margarita party -- with tri-tip tacos.....

      2. rworange...i was thinking the same thing for Friday. chowdown anyone? 6pm?

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        1. Braised Pork Hocks, the angle of the pork hock is like putting your hand behind you back for pick some loose cash. So this dish for Chinese New Years or before you go to wage can mean "riches from the back door". So tomorrow night is good luck food. Braise pork shank, Fat Choy mixed beef and pork meatballs and minced oyster lettuce cups.

          Fat Choy a black sea moss or some kind of moss sounds like getting rich

          Minced oyster hash in lettuce is also sound like getting rich.

          Why go out when you can have home cooking.

          1. From the Yutopian web site:

            Eight- Ba Bao, Ba Xian, Ba Zhen

            Ba is eight. Ba Bao, Ba Xian and Ba Zhen all refer to dishes of eight ingredients. Bao means treasures; there is Ba Bao Tofu, Ba Bao Fish and desserts of Ba Bao Rice Pudding and Ba Bao Stuffed Pears. Ba Xian came from the legendary story of the eight fairies; there is Ba Xian Sea Food. Drunken Ba Xian refers to dishes that use a wine base yeast. Zhen means precious, e.g. Ba Zhen Duck.


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            1. re: Xiao Yang

              XY, did you wait to be the 8th poster in this thread? Thanks all.

            2. fish!

              i made an account just to reply to this message cuz no one had said it yet.

              the word for fish in chinese sounds exactly the same as the word for abundance and good fortune in chinese, so chinese people eat fish on holidays.

              i definately know theres more good luck dishes but I can't think of any at the moment.

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              1. re: Aeroshark

                can't leave out chicken - another must have on those auspicious days!

              2. if i wasn't celebrating my 8/8/(0)8 birthday, and didn't have other plans, i might consider trying out zone 88, based on reports here.

                1. Since I eat Chinese food almost every day, it dosen't matter whether I do it on this day or not. Just be aware that wedding restaurants will be filled to the rim with wedding banquets today.

                  1. I'm going to Sam Wo's and ordering Family Dinner #2.

                    1. Memory plays tricks, but I seem to recall attending almost 20 years ago a co-worker's "red egg and ginger buffet" somewhere in Chinatown. It was, truth be told, a shotgun wedding (she wasn't even Chinese, her husband was), so now I don't remember if we were celebrating the impending marriage or the impending baby (I think it was the baby). But it was a buffet designed to impart good fortune. Aside from, well, red eggs and ginger, I don't really remember what was served.

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                      1. re: weem

                        Red egg and ginger parties are usually to celebrate the child's one-month birthday. By some, it's only given for male babies.

                        1. re: Xiao Yang

                          In many cultures because of high infant mortality rates, you wouldn't celebrate too much until the baby had shown some indication it would survive. In China it's a month, but in some cultures, a child wasn't named until it was a year old.

                          1. re: Ruth Lafler

                            I was once at a one-year borthday party for a Filipino infant (first-born male). It was quite a bash, with a whole roast pig as the centerpiece of a feast.

                            In traditional Chinese homes, the mother spent a month in bed after giving birth. I think the ginger is to energize here.

                      2. Take out from Little Sichuan in San Mateo. I picked up the Cumin Lamb and the Dry Cooked Shrimp from the special Sichuan menu, pork dumplings, General Cho's pork, and dry cooked string beans from the regular menu (I had to balance the choices out a bit for my audience). Most everything was great (the string beans were a little boring) and my mom commented that it was the spiciest Chinese food that she's ever had, and my mom has a high spice tolerance. They certainly didn't tone down the spice for the non Chinese tongue.

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                        1. re: JasmineG

                          Jaz, could you please say more about the dry cooked shriimp? Haven't had that dish at Little Sichuan.

                          Little Sichuan
                          168 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                            The general preparation was similar to the lamb with cumin -- it had green peppers, onions, scallions, etc along with the shrimp (the leftovers are with my mom and sister, I think there may have been red bell pepper along with that, but I'm not sure). Very spicy dish, lots of sichuan peppers crusted the shrimp. Very flavorful, I'd order it again.

                            1. re: JasmineG

                              Thanks, and really, it's ok to not excavate the leftovers for microanalysis!