Chinese New Year was on Saturday 28th January this year. It’s traditional to have a family meal on new years eve. This year, my family and I headed out to Chinatown, London, at Golden Phoenix for our meal.
All the restaurants were really busy with a short queue outside. We waited for 20mins before we were shown to our seats. We ordered a few dishes from the special Chinese New Year menu and some from the regular menu.
The dishes on the special menu were all dishes that contains ingredients that mean joyful things like good luck, be happy, be rich, good health etc
Fat choi sounds like fat choy, which means to get rich.
Zyu lei, or pig tongue, sounds like luck.
Fat choi, which gets its name “hair vegetable” because of its long, black strands, sounds like fat choy, which means to get rich.
Ho si, or dried oyster, sounds like good things.
The restaurant owner arranged for their own private lion dance, and the dancers came just after we finished eating.