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Delicious Doings For Chinese New Year

M.Y. China Ushers in the Year of the Snake

Martin Yan’s M.Y. China restaurant in the Westfield San Francisco Centre will be offering two special menus, Feb. 1-26, for the Chinese New Year celebration.

The first menu, $88 for two people,  includes: “Juicy Dumplings Sampler”; Peking duck (1/2 duck two ways –“Skin in Sliders” and stir-fried meat in lettuce cups); “Seafood Treasury” (shrimp, scallop, and calamari with mixed greens and mushrooms); “Forbidden Fried Rice”; and sugar puffs.

The second menu, $68 for two people, includes: “Seafood Dim Sum Collection (shiu mai, har gow, spinach dumpling); Peking duck (1/2 duck two ways — “Skin in Sliders” and stir-fried meat in lettuce cups; green pepper beef rib eye; vegetable egg white fried rice; and sugar puffs.

Pair all that with a “Stone Serpent” cocktail ($11), made with that staple of Chinese banquet dinners — Belfast Sparkling Cider.

Yan will be on hand for dinner service on Feb. 12 and Feb. 26 to greet restaurant guests.

Additionally, Yan will host a live noodle-pulling demonstration at Bloomingdale’s in that shopping center, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10. M.Y. China’s Executive Chef Tony Wu will demonstrate how he can take a 5-pound ball of dough and pull it into 16,384 noodles in 2 minutes. Get your cameras ready.

Hakkasan Serves Up New Year’s Menu

San Francisco’s Hakkasan will serve up an a la carte Chinese New Year’s menu, Feb. 9-23 (with the exception of Feb. 14).

The dishes, priced from $18 on up, include: a classic dim sum platter, double braised abalone with fish maw, stir-fried quail in Guilin chili sauce, and fried scallops with Chinese chives in a sweet barbecue sauce.

The second-floor restaurant also is a prime spot for watching the annual Chinese New Year parade, which starts at 5:15 p.m. Feb. 23.

Traditional Lion Dance at Ming’s in Palo Alto

Feb. 10 at 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., enjoy a traditional lion dance performance at Ming’s Chinese Cuisine and Bar in Palo Alto.

The free event will be put on by the Orchard School Asian Cultural Dance Troupe of San Jose, whose dancers will be garbed in festive costumes.

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