Kris and I stopped by NYC's Chinatown for some dim sum yesterday and on our way to the restaurant we encountered over a dozen colorful lion dances performed by local kung fu clubs.
Shop owners hang lettuce and red envelopes above their storefront so the good luck lions will visit and perform the traditional 'eating of the greens' ceremony.
This lion got a mouthful (handful?) of lettuce and oranges before spitting them out:
Watch out for flying fruit! I almost got nailed by a wayward orange, but apparently that's good luck.
We also saw a few dragons wind their way down the streets of Chinatown:
A short clip of the lion and dragon dances we saw yesterday:
And although we missed the firecracker ceremony last weekend, we easily made our own mischief with a couple of boxes of party snap noisemakers (yes we have the maturity of 5 year olds):
I cracked up over the warning label on the box (who would actually put these in their mouth?!):
We eventually made it to Dim Sum Go Go for lunch and both ordered the dim sum platter, 10 pieces of assorted steamed dumplings:
The duck dumplings were our favorite, with the crabmeat dumplings coming in a close second.
Kris always gets an order of the turnip cakes (crispy crust, creamy interior):
We also tried the pumpkin cakes (sweet and custard-like, with a unique flavor and fragrance that reminded us of pandan essence):
Later on we stopped at Joe's Ginger for some crabmeat and pork steamed buns (a.k.a xiao long bao/ soup dumplings):
I also had a sudden craving for jellyfish (What? Like you've never had a jellyfish craving before...lol)
Served cold, tossed in a delicate sesame marinade...not much to look at but delicious and very refreshing.
For dessert, we followed our noses down the street to the egg ball waffle cart and got a bag of 15 little cakes for a $1.
GUNG HEI FAT CHOY! Happy Year of the Tiger :)