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Jan 19, 2012 10:05 AM

Lunar New Year cravings (any area)

Monday is the Lunar New Year, starting the Year of the Dragon.
What LNY cravings do y'all have?
For me, it the spicy beef tendon followed by sauteed snails at the Red Pearl in Birmingham, or the xiao long bao (soup dumplings) at Chen's in Hoover and the Taiwanese braised pork belly there.
It doesn't have to be Chinese (Koreans, Thais also observe the same new year day), but what do you want to eat on Jan. 23?

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  1. Anything but moon cakes. Growing up, they always looked so good but like most Asian desserts are awful.

    Do you know if Red Pearl or Mr. Chen's is doing anything special for the occassion?

    As far as what I'm lusting after: duck, soup dumplings, Red Pearl's manilla clams with rice cakes, and dim sum.

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    1. re: mahalan

      Man, I miss dim sum. And I love the way those discs of rice cake soak up the sauce in the stir-fry.
      Know what you mean about the moon cakes. And, if you're approriately polite, you have to eat the full moon.
      I have not seen anything special in years past on Lunar New Year. But the one year I went to Chen's on LNY, it was packed out early.

      1. re: Big Daddy

        Well Red pearl offers a few types of whole fish which I understand is fairly traditional for LNY.

        1. re: Dax

          True. But you'd better go tonight, because they're normally closed on Mondays.(I'm in negotiations with my family for tonight's dinner).
          I used to make a steamed whole snapper "with five willowy shreds," in this case shredded ginger, garlic, cilantro, green onion and reconstituted dried mushroom, seasoned with some soy sauce, then finished with a spray of hot oil. MMmmmmmmmm.