Kian Lam Kho, aka Red Cook, Celebrates the Year of the Rabbit at Purple Yam, Thursday, Jan 27, 2011, 7 & 9:30 pm (2 seatings), $ 60.
Call (718) 940-8188 to make a reservation.
During this past year, Romy and I have had the pleasure of getting to know Kian who is probably the most easy going cook/chef/teacher of Chinese food ever! He is famous for his red cooked pork belly in a steamed bun which we featured in our booth at the Hester St-Grub Street Fair down at Essex St last October (and sold out quickly). Next up is a very special and personal Chinese meal at PY to welcome the year of the Rabbit. His dumpling/ dimsum class here on January 15 quickly sold out even before Christmas. Here is how Kian describes the meal he has designed for January 27.
Chinese New Year
In the Chinese tradition New Year celebration is not only an observance of time past, but also a celebration of things to come. Often known as the “Spring Festival,” it represents the renewal of life. As such there is a great deal of symbolism attached to Chinese New Year festivities.
Many aspects of the New Year’s celebration are practiced by Chinese everywhere. However, many regional customs developed from local traditions. The single most important event for the New Year festivities is the family reunion dinner, which is commonly celebrated on New Year’s Eve. Family members return from far away places regardless of where their lives have led them. The meals themselves can reflect a wide variety of local customs. Some people eat a simple meal of dumplings, while others partake in multi-course banquets. Still no matter how the dinner is celebrated, much of the symbolic meaning is the same.
My family follows many of the Southern Chinese traditions. Tangerines are offered to guests to represent spreading of good fortune. In Chinese the word for “tangerine” sounds like the word for “prosperity.” Sticky rice cakes are also served because their name is a homophone for “New Year cake.” Towards the end of the dinner, fish is very much obligatory at a family reunion dinner because “fish” is so similar to the Chinese word for “plentiful.”
We’ve designed our Chinese New Year dinner at Purple Yam to reflect many of these customs. We wish you a “prosperous” and “plentiful” new year as you join us in celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Rabbit!
Assorted Cold Appetizers
Braised Bran Dough
Shrimp Salad with Mustard Mayonnaise
Spicy Lotus Roots
Red Cooked Pork with Steamed Buns
Pork and Asian Pear Soup
Tea Smoked Squab with Orange Anise Sauce
Stir-Fried Beef with Cumin
Baby Napa Cabbage with Conpoy Sauce
Steamed Carp with Sour Plum Sauce
Steamed Sticky Rice with Pumpkin
Lychee Sorbet with Chinese New Year Cake