Lunar New Year

Celebrating a Lunar New Year Rooted in Togetherness—& Food

In 2022, Lunar New Year will begin on February 1. For My Shanghai author Betty Liu, it’s a joyful celebration filled with family gatherings and edible treats. Most of these foods enjoyed during Lunar New Year in China, from egg dumplings to tatsoi to sticky rice cakes, are eaten to symbolize various well-wishes for the coming year. In this excerpt, Liu shares some of those Lunar New Year foods and their meanings. As a child, Lunar New Year meant family gatherings, the hustle and bustle of preparations for
a delicious feast, and 红包 hong bao, “red envelopes filled with monetary gifts.” I didn’t think about it much beyond that, but as I grew older, having spent some of these holidays away from family, I began to appreciate how much this holiday was rooted in togetherness. Read More >> …

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BBaF Podcast Episode 84: General Lee’s Cocktail House, LA’s Historic Chinatown

What do Frank Sinatra, Awkwafina, LA’s pioneering punk rock scene & craft cocktails all have in common? They all have a connection to LA’s historic General Lee’s Cocktail House in Chinatown.
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At the Heart of This Lunar New Year, a Different Kind of Magic

The Lunar New Year falls on Jan. 25 this year. It’s a momentous occasion celebrated by millions around the world, and we reached out to some of our friends to see how they’d be ushering in the Year of the Rat. Eunice Byun and David Nguyen are the food-loving co-founders of Material, a thoughtful kitchenware brand that always keeps the home cook (like us!) in mind. See how they honor their respective Korean and Vietnamese cultures during this special time of year. Eunice on Korean New Year, or Seollal
There is, for me, no better way of ringing in another year than with family and good food. This is the very reason why Korean New Year (or seollal) is one of my favorite holidays. From the communal meal prep to the ceremonial bowing to elders (sehbeh) to the lively game of yutnori (where sticks are thrown in the air like a game of…

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A Dim Sum Icon on the Best Way to Celebrate Chinese New Year

Photo by Will Moy The Lunar New Year falls on Feb. 5 this year. It’s a momentous occasion celebrated by millions around the world, and we reached out to some of our friends to see how they’d be ushering in the year of the pig. Here, we chat with Wilson Tang of New York institution, Nom Wah Tea Parlor. When asked about my favorite places to get dim sum in New York, Nom Wah Tea Parlor is always one of the first picks I suggest. Its iconic “Original ‘OG’ Egg Roll” is a must-order item—a little bundle of egg crepes that is unlike any “egg roll” you’d get at your local take-out. But beyond the all-day dim sum at this legendary restaurant on Doyers Street, which has been around for nearly a century, a big draw lies in its history and neighborly feel. Nom…

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