ICYMI it’s the Year of the Dog and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate 2018 and eat alllllll the best new food in town. Come 15 February, it’s the start of Lunar New Year festivities in Sydney and we’ll be following the good fortune ribbon to The Star to eat ourselves into a complete food coma.
There’ll be aerialists, lion dancers, ribbon dancers, a wishing tree (so you can guarantee yourself good luck and prosperity for 2018) and food, glorious food. Here are the 6 things you absolutely must eat this Lunar New Year.
#1 Stir Fried Pacific Clams in XO Sauce
Fact: Beyoncé loves XO and so do we. Clams with XO sauce are one of the most popular things on China’s menu and for good reason. A fancy take on your everyday stir-fry, this dish is super salty with just the right amount of spice.
What is congee, we hear you ask? Think savoury rice porridge that’s surprisingly delicious. If you haven’t tried it, you need to. There’s never been a better time than now.
#3 Salmon Yu Sheng Salad
Believe it or not, this raw salmon salad with pickled beetroot dressing is considered to be particularly lucky. A combination of shredded vegetables, pickled ginger and (you guessed it) salmon, apparently the higher you toss it, the more luck you’ll have.
#4 Pan Fried Pork & Shrimp Dumplings With Szechuan Chilli Sauce
No explanation needed.
#5 Crispy Whole Barramundi
According to LNY traditions, nothing screams wealth like a crispy whole barramundi. Paired with golden pumpkin sauce and stir-fried mushrooms, this super fresh and tasty dish is the absolute bee’s knees and there's no way you could ever regret it.
#6 Wok Tossed Shanghainese “Nian Gao”
“Nian Gao” translates to sticky fried rice cakes (read: totally drool-worthy). Wok tossed with spinach gravy, this dish is made especially for Lunar New Year and is said to set you soaring high for the next 12 months.
You can find these 6 dishes at Fat Noodle and Food Quarter at The Star Sydney from 1 February to 4 March. If you want to try one of everything (guilty), book yourself into Harvest Buffet, STAT.
Image credit: The Star