The Chinese New Year began February 10-11, but don’t worry, there’s still time to celebrate: Chinese New Year festivities last for fifteen days! 2013 is a Year of the Snake, associated with wealth and prosperity. And of course, as with all Chinese New Years and all of our favorite holidays, it’s best celebrated with food.
If you decide to have a Chinese New Year lunch or dinner, you have a few local and authentic choices for partaking in delicious food. This time, we went with Ding How Asian Bistro on Old Canton in Ridgeland. Some folks may remember the old Ding How in Jackson, which didn’t have as good a reputation; trust us, if you haven’t eaten at the Ridgeland Ding How, you’re missing out. It’s consistently terrific, when it comes to food and service.
In addition to their regular menu, Ding How has Dim Sum (small bite-sized or individual portions of food traditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates – think of it as Chinese tapas), and an extensive tea menu, and a really friendly staff … plus, they have a few round tables with large, spinning lazy-Susans, which are perfect for sharing dishes and dining family style. Fun, too. So, taking advantage of the special tables and the large menu, we shared a variety of dishes. We also had one Chinese speaker at our table, who made some recommendations and talked with our waitress about some of her favorite foods.
On this chilly, rainy day, our party loved the jasmine tea. We started with some soups – their Egg Drop Soup is so good! – and salad, and appetizers of vegetable egg rolls and shrimp spring rolls. For our main courses, we shared a lot of tasty entrees. Over conversations about new years, new goals, and new favorite foods, from Steamed Dumplings to Cashew Chicken to Tofu Teriyaki and everything in between, we left the restaurant feeling happy and very, very full.
The Year of the Snake is officially off to a great start. Happy Chinese New Year, y’all!