BPR Top Five | Five Different Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Toronto
It’s the eve of Chinese New Year, a festive holiday that centres around delicious food, drinks and quality time with friends and family. With over a billion people around the world celebrating, it’s a time to commemorate the past year and usher in happiness, wealth and prosperity for the new year. Here are five ways to enjoy this very special holiday.
1. Delicious Chinese New Year Wine Pairings
Cooking your own Chinese New Year feast? Angel Wong has an easy recipe for traditional steamed fish, which pairs well with a floral and fruity white wine like Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Pinot Gris.
For dumplings, follow this simple tutorial from The Dumpling Sisters. The pork and spices in these little bites of joy marries with a pinot noir like La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Its earthy, spicy flavours pair particularly well with the ginger, chilis and spring onions in the dumpling’s filling.
2. Celebrate With Some Music
Looking to get out of the house? Head to Pacific Mall, the largest indoor Chinese mall in North America to start the Chinese New Year celebrations! Pacific Mall has events on February 4th, 5th and 9th with performances from singer Alan Tam, Chinese-Canadian singer Jonas M, and Wushu dance performances by the Wayland Li Martial Arts Centre.
3. Pig out on Instagram-Worthy Desserts
NADÈGE Patisserie has a selection of citrusy sweet mandarin orange cakes to make your Chinese New Year festivities a little sweeter. Available until February 10th, choose from the following cake designs: an adorable Year of the Pig or Mandarin Orange with sophisticated fondant leaves. If you want to send your dinner guests home with a treat to enjoy later, NADÈGE also offers Chinese New Year chocolate boxes and delightful golden-chocolate pigs.
4. Get Your Dance On!
The New Ho Queen crew have been making big waves in Toronto with their Asian-focused LGBTQ parties, and their New Ho Queen: Year of the Pig party is guaranteed to be a good time. Hosted at Longboat Hall the night of Friday, February 8th, everyone is welcome to join in on the fun! Wear lucky Chinese New Year red and celebrate the lunar new year dancing with friends.
5. Order In Fusion Cuisine
Chinese-Indian fusion food has a long history through the Hakka people of China, and Hakka cuisine has found footing throughout the world for its unique flavours. Having a night in during the holidays? Order in from My Roti Place and enjoy their special Chinese New Year menu items, available from February 5th to 9th. Start with Chinese Crispy Noodles with tangra chutney, and Blue Crab Meat with thai chili and galangal. For mains, choose from a delicious Kolkata ChinaTown Roti with tiger shrimp and tangra chili wrapped in a light roti or the Hakka fish with rice and a tumeric roti.