Chinese New Year in the East Bay
Ring in the good vibes with these traditional dishes, when Chinese New Year kicks off February 8.
Watch a lion dance at Dragon’s Pond in Walnut Creek, and enjoy a side of pork dumplings (jiaozi). Chinese legend says that the more dumplings you eat, the more money you will make in the new year. February 8, dragonspond.com.
Order up a whole steamed chicken from Dublin’s Koi Palace: Whole poultry symbolizes unity and family togetherness. For something truly authentic, ask for it to be prepared “Buddhist” style, with the head and feet still attached. koipalace.com.
Sweet Sesame Balls
Sesame balls, which you can find at Lafayette’s Happy Valley Restaurant, take on a special meaning during the New Year celebration. In the fryer, the glutinous rice dough expands, which symbolizes the increase in your fortune in the coming year. happyvalleymtdiablo.com.