MORE ON WELCOMING THE YEAR OF THE WATER DRAGON
PHOTOGRAPHY BY AUDREY DEMPSEY
To make the most of your Chinese New Year celebration, not only must you visit The Palazzo’s very fire-breathing dragon between January 23 and February 5 as discussed in Luxury Las Vegas magazine’s January issue (page 58), but you must also imbibe in auspicious cuisine and libations.
Lucky for you, Zine Noodles Dim Sum at The Palazzo is serving several dishes specially created for Chinese New Year including Live Lobster with golden garlic and spicy salt, Firecracker Manila Clams, and a Buddha Feast Creation. And not to be forgotten, there is also a specially crafted Dragon Cocktail.
To assure your fortune and good tidings, to follow are the many auspicious reasons why you should be noshing on these dishes during Chinese New Year.
Live Lobster with golden garlic and spicy salt (龍馬精神) – In Chinese, the word “lobster” is related to the word “dragon,” and dragon represents “positive energy” for the Chinese people. In turn, the lobster dish is a must-have dish because its meaning brings positive energy for another wonderful year.
Firecracker Manila Clams (infused with Chinese White Wine, Fish Paste and Spicy Roasted Pepper 富貴顯年年) – Not only does clam represent a “hidden treasure,” but this dish assures “the coming year to be a wealthy year.”
Buddha Feast Creation (Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables with Ginger Juice / 如意喜吉祥) – This dish is good for everyone in the family grandparents to grandchildren because it means there will be “a whole, good, healthy family for the entire year.”
1 1/2 parts Vodka
1/2 part ginger liqueur
1/2 part lime
1 sprig of tarragon
1/3 part lemongrass syrup
In a cocktail shaker, mix all ingredients and shake hard. Finely strain. Top with a squeeze of lemon rind to release essential oils. Discard rind. Serve in a coupette and garnish with a sprig of tarragon.
You can make the lemongrass syrup by chopping up lemongrass into a 20 oz. pitcher of water and 1/2 pound of very fine sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves and let it sit for 30 minutes
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