The Lunar New Year starts on Tuesday, Feb. 5, and food plays a big part in the celebration — in Asia and across the world. Why? Traditional foods are believed to bring good luck for wealth, health and longevity for the next year.
Some examples include fish, dumplings, spring rolls, rice balls called tangyuan, good-fortune fruit (including oranges, pomegranates and other citruses), niangao (glutinous rice cakes) and long noodles.
Here are five Chinese restaurants in Phoenix serving traditional foods to kick off the Chinese New Year.
Both the supermarket and the restaurant are getting into the festivities with party decor, candy and traditional foods to help foster good luck into the new year.
Details: 1440 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa. 480-699-9616, bjnoodlehouse.weebly.com.
This restaurant is ringing in Year of the Pig with colorful steamed pork dumplings. Also look for some new chicken pot sticker dumplings, along with the usual menu of Chinese soup dumplings, noodle dishes and stir-fries.
Arizona Republic dining critic Dominic Armato loves this restaurant. It has plenty of Shaanxi cuisine, which is “on trend,” as Armato says and adds fun to New Year meals.
Details: 67 N. Dobson Road, Suite 109, Mesa. 480-733-8888. shaanxibiangbiang.com
Great Wall Chinese Cuisine
From dry scallops and oysters to lotus delicacies, this Chinese restaurant has plenty of fare for your New Year celebration.
Details: 3446 W. Camelback Road, Suite 155, Phoenix. 602-973-1112. greatwallaz.com.
Traditional food? Look no further than C-Fu Gourmet. Get some dim sum with the traditional New Year cuisine.
Details: 2051 W. Warner Road, Suite 13, Chandler. 480-899-3888. c-fu-gourmet.com.