Celebrating Chinese New Year at Mr Chow's, Parkgate
|Published: 26th January 2009 12:20|
Mr Chow's celebrated the incoming Year of the Ox with their customary extravaganza this weekend.
A full-house of diners of all ages were treated to a sumptuous feast of Chinese food, and an exciting display of traditional Chinese entertainment.
The set Banquet menu began with two soup choices - Chicken & Sweetcorn and Hot & Sour, followed by a dazzling array of appetisers such as Spare Ribs in Kim Do Sauce, Salt & Pepper Chicken, Spring Rolls and Sesame Prawns on Toast.
Everyone's favourite, Crispy Aromatic Duck with pancakes came next, followed by a lavish selection of main dishes, including Fillet steak Cantonese Style, Sweet & Sour Pork, Sizzling Crispy Lamb and Steamed King Prawns.
Fruit and fortune cookies finished the meal, and the restaurant's comprehensive wine, cocktails, beer & coffees list was available to be ordered from throughout.
In the middle of the evening, the lighting of traditional Chinese firecrackers on Parkgate front may have given passers-by a jolt, but for the diners it heralded an explosion of noise and colour, with drum & cymbal-players charging into the restaurant ahead of two extremely colourful and lively Chinese lions.
The traditional lion dance is thought to bring good luck. Each lion is made up of two dancers, one for the head, the other for the body. A mirror on the head of the lion is to frighten away evil spirits.
The lion moves from place to place looking for green vegetables hung from doorways, to "Choi Chang" (literally, "picking the greens"). At Mr Chow's some lettuces are hung in strategic places. A red packet of money is hidden in each lettuce. The lion grabs both in his mouth, eats the money and then scatters the leaves of the lettuce to welcome in the new year and spread good luck.
The scattering of the leaves is a particularly entertaining part of the evening, as diners find themselves ducking to avoid flying lettuce!
There will be a second celebration night on Tuesday, January 27th. For more information, please contact Mr Chow's Chinese Eating House on 0151 336 2385.