Chinee like me: Chinatown gau
This weekend is the big celebration: On Friday, February 13, you’ll see lions dancing through Chinatown for Choy Cheng; and on Saturday, February 14, Maunakea Street will be closed all day and night for the big street festival and parade.
Are you Chinee like me? For good luck, get the various dried fruits and vegetables that each have different meanings. For prosperity, get some jin dui. Get monk’s food, or jai, so your first meal of the year can be vegetarian. And no matter what, don’t leave Chinatown without getting gau!
I shared a recipe last year, for you ambitious Mulan Stewart types. But if you’re like me and don’t have the time to make it, you have to buy it at the store or pray that a friend will give you one. Since I watched my grandmother, I can appreciate the time and effort behind making this special New Year’s dessert. But for those of you who have never seen it made, I asked Liana Fang at Sing Cheong Yuan to take me into their kitchen so we could watch her grandfather make it with industrial-sized appliances.
Busy Chinese people on the go can get a lot of pre-packaged good luck snacks at the bakery, too. Liana explains the significance of some of the items they’re featuring for the Lunar New Year. Visit HawaiiIRL.com to see more!
See you in Chinatown!