Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year With Good Eats in L.A.
Celebrate the Year of the Snake at these five events happening around town.
Noodle Bowl Festival:To celebrate the Lunar New Year, a gaggle of L.A.'s finest noodle-slingers will be putting together a soirée over at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica showcasing their finest carbs. Din Tai Fung, the iconic San Gabriel Valley purveyor of soup dumplings, is making Taiwanese Niu Rou Mian, otherwise known as beef noodle soup. They'll be joined by Rodded, a 40-year family-run restaurant in Thai Town, who will be making their traditional duck noodle soup made with stewed duck and bean sprouts in a cinnamon soy broth. And our absolute favorite noodle shop Tsujita will be brining their excellent tsukemen dipping noodles and their addiction-inducing pork broth, which gets its richness from being slowly simmered for 60 hours. You can buy your tickets to the Sunday event here.
Starry Kitchen: Starry Kitchen is organizing a five-course, family style tasting menu on Saturday night. Dinner costs $50 a head and will include: Chinese New Years Steamed Rice Cake Omelette with a Scallion Vinegar Sauce; Slow Roasted Sesame Oil Spare Ribs; Salted Duck Egg Cereal Prawns; Salted Duck Egg Cereal Prawns; Grilled Turmeric Fish with Fresh Dill; Black Sesame Panna Cotta with Lemon Latte Cookies + Honey Green Tea Poached Pears. The famed Crispy Tofu Balls and Singaporean Chili Crab will be available at an additional cost. Make reservations here.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills: Throughout February, The Living Room will offer a special Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea benefitting Operation Smile, an international medical charity dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. Seatings are offered daily at 12:00, 2:30 and 5:00 p.m. The menu includes pastries like a red bean tart, rasperry lychee cakes, and coconut mochi cakes. Book your seating here.
Dim Sum Brunch at STREET: Susan Feniger is doing a dim sum brunch this Sunday to celebrate the snake, but all of the dishes are vegetarian. (For fans of this Chinese weekend tradition, you'll know this is a rarity.) Dishes include antonese Radish Cakes, Sesame Fritters, Mushroom Shu Mai, Vegetable Potstickers, Mung Bean Crepes and Fengier's excellent Jackfruit Bao, which surprisingly doesn't leave us yearning for a char shu pork filling. You can find out more info and make reservations here.
Chinese New Year Parade: The Lunar New Year Parade will take place next weekend, February the 16 at 1 p.m. on Hill Street in Downtown L.A. If you plan on doing dim sum, do so at the Empress Pavilion or Ocean Seafood, but plan on a wait. The parade does bring the crowds. For more info, check out the parade's site.