Gong Xi Fa Cai, Gong Hey Fat Choy or Happy Chinese New Year (depending on if you want to use Mandarin, Cantonese or English)!
February 19th rings in the Chinese Zodiac’s Year of the Goat, and while that might seem like a lucky coincidence in the land of nyama choma, this is a great time to experience Chinese culture – which must include the sampling of some delectable Chinese cuisine.
Chinese New Year traditionally kicks off a 15-day festival that also celebrates the coming of spring. Cherished as a time to get together with family and friends, this holiday is observed across the world in areas with large Chinese populations, now including Kenya. Celebrations throughout the festival include gift giving, lion and dragon dances and firecrackers.
The main event, however, is the Reunion Dinner. In China and throughout Asia, the food served varies depending on the region – for example, in the north it’s all about the dumplings, or jiaozi, while the south focuses more on niangao, which are sweet, glutinous cakes.
In Nairobi, The Talisman has you covered when it comes to sampling some traditional dishes. Their resident Chinese-trained cook, Kenneth, will be serving up some specialties for the festival, though here it’s only a four-day affair, from February 17th to the 20th. Still, that gives those interested in trying something new plenty of time to sample his Dim Sum selection, sweet and sour pork, pork spare ribs and tea-smoked duck with bok choy. Make a reservation on EatOut Kenya today to celebrate spring, a fascinating culture and a New Year celebration, Chinese style!