How to Celebrate Lunar New Year Around Dallas
The Lunar New Year, which occurs on Friday February 12th, marks the first new moon of the year, and many East Asian cultures celebrate the occasion by eating lots of happy foods. From plump dumplings that represent wealth to piles of noodles that mean longevity, these places host fun festivities to be held in another year – one that will hopefully be luckier than the last. Happy year of the ox!
The new stunner on Greenville Avenue is kept in red and gold for the lunar new year, or Tết as it is called in Vietnam. From February 12th to 19th, Ngon celebrates with a special noodle dish from Hanoi, Bun Thang, filled with vermicelli in chicken broth, dried shrimp silk, chicken schnitzel, cha lua (Vietnamese ham), fried egg, pickled daikon, shiitake mushrooms and Chinese sausage. It is served with side dishes such as fried shallots and fresh citrus fruits – enhance the flavor with fermented shrimp paste. Aside from the noodle soup, Ngon has a nice selection of Vietnamese dishes on the regular menu, from Banh Mí with a dash of cognac pie to luscious fried crab rice.
Ngon will also give away gold or red envelopes – lucky envelopes, as they are also known, are traditional gifts that often carry money during the Lunar New Year – that bring Ngon gift cards to happy guests (take-away and take-away) throughout the week ). And on Saturday, February 13th, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., watch a lion dance performance, another holiday tradition.
Krio in the Bishop Arts District celebrates the New Year festival with a lion dance performance and a pop-up market with outdoor vendors.
Courtesy of Krio
This restaurant in the Bishop Arts District is hosting its first New Year celebration, perhaps the first of its kind in the neighborhood. On Saturday February 13th, Krio will have a mini pop-up market with Asian vendors as well as a traditional lion dance on the terrace. Things start with a brunch at 11am, then with a pop-up from 2pm to 6pm and a performance at 3pm
Every year the Bubble Tea Shop offers a special Lunar New Year Mochi Donut (also known as “Chewy Puffs”). This year’s lineup is no different with flavors like strawberry gold, Thai tea, eube, pandan coconut, fruity pebbles and black sesame. The pre-order is now open. Schedule a pickup between February 6th and 13th.
Celebrations will be much more low-key this year due to the pandemic, but the Grand Prairie Mall will still have plenty of food and entertainment. On February 6th and 7th, you’ll find plenty of grocers as well as a double outdoor showing of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Kung Fu Panda. Everything will happen outside when masking and social distancing are enforced. On February 13th at 10 am there will be fireworks and lion and dragon dances. Visit the Asia Times Square Facebook page for live coverage of the major events.