For Chinese New Year’s Eve, Kap made sure to reserve 2 tables in advance -knowing all the restos will be full in Chinatown in observance of this very festive & highly anticipated occasion.
President’s was the restaurant of choice, but we didn’t want to deal with a big, noisy crowd so Kap decided to book in Lucky Rainbow instead. We’ve tried it once & we were very happy with the food served to us that we felt confident The Clan would appreciate what the restaurant had to offer as well.
Lucky Rainbow Seafood Restaurant
839-841 Ongpin Corner Sabino Padilla Street, Binondo, Manila
We made sure to order Peking Duck, swahe & live Lapu-lapu ahead of time since we knew these were the first ones to run out. We even called on the day itself & were assured of our food reservation, only to find out they gave away what was supposed to be ours with the blame shifting from one person to the other. TABOO, really! But what could we do? It was too late to find another restaurant able to accommodate all 20 people.
Good thing The Clan was in good spirits & game to order what was available on the menu..
The New Year’s Eve dinner is the most important dinner for Chinese. Normally this is the family reunion dinner, especially for those with family member away from home. In the New Year’s Eve dinner, normally FISH will be served. DUMPLINGS are the most important dish in northern china. These two dishes mean prosperous.
Then came the time for the much awaited angpao distribution..
Red envelopes are gifts presented at social and family gatherings such as weddings or on holidays such as the Chinese New Year. The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits. Red packets are usually given out by married couples to single people, especially to children or work colleagues.
It is traditional to put brand new notes inside red envelopes and also to avoid opening the envelopes in front of the relatives out of courtesy.The amount of money contained in the envelope usually ends with an even digit, in accordance with Chinese beliefs; odd-numbered money gifts are traditionally associated with funerals. There is also a widespread tradition that money should not be given in fours, or the number four should not appear in the amount, such as in 40, 400 and 444, as the pronunciation of the word “four” resembles that of the word “death” and thus signifies bad luck for many Chinese.
Our CNY dinner would have been perfect if only our succulent ducks made an appearance at the dining table. So maybe that’s what these birds were telling us as we made our way to Binondo: Not to expect to eat their kin that night.
But don’t worry. Our screaming red shirts & happy dispositions made sure to drive away any & all evil spirits looming that night and the rest of the year! ;)
Next CNY, I hope we can all celebrate it in an authentic setting at the country that started it all. CHINA! m/
To all my readers, Sui Sui Ping An (harmony and safely year round!)