February 19, 2014

Top spots to check out for Chinese New Year in AustinChinese New Year is just around the corner and begins on Jan 31. It’s a 15-day celebration that is about giving thanks and catching up with friends and family members. If you attend an Austin culinary school you should use the holiday as a learning experience. Head to your local Chinatown or visit an eatery near you. For some inspiration, here is a list of some of the best places to ring in the Chinese New Year:

Of course, Austin’s Chinatown will come first on the list. Organizers of the area are celebrating the holiday with a huge bash and day full of events on Feb. 9. The opening ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. and last until 12 p.m. Then the rest of the festivities will continue until 6 p.m.: Some will include dragon dances, rock climbing, a community resource fair, face painting and a magic show.

As for the food scene, be sure to check out MT Supermarket, which is the largest international grocery store in Texas. Stop inside for ingredients to make Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Thai, Vietnamese and other Asian dishes.

This sushi and lounge restaurant will be hosting its own Chinese New Year party. It will take place in the eatery’s new nightclub, according to Eater. Stop in for some tasty sushi specials and stay for a dragon dance at 9 p.m.

In.gredients grocery store will be having a tea party for Chinese New Year. Slow Food Austin and the West China Tea co. will be teaming up to teach people about Chinese tea. Additionally, there will be a demonstration on how to steep and taste aged black tea.

Din Ho Chinese BBQ
If you’re in the mood for some good barbecue, check out this eatery. Their Chinese celebration will take place Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will have a traditional dragon dance and martial art demonstrations.

A quick glance at this restaurant’s website and you’ll see that they are a fan favorite. They’ve been called the “Best Chinese BBQ in Austin” by multiple customers. Some of their menu items include BBQ pork wonton noodle soup, sauteed snow pea leaves, ginger and onion lobster, BBQ pork fried rice and golden bean curd.

Check out a few or all of these hotspots during the Chinese New Year celebration.