Chinese New Year, aka Lunar New Year or Spring Festival (various names refer to the inclusion of other Asian cultures that celebrate) will begin on February 1, 2022. It is the year of the tiger.
This iconic Chinese holiday is all about the color red, featured in the red envelopes that contain cash gifts given to the family, a predominantly red color of fireworks, brightly lit lanterns and festive food served during of gatherings.
This year we have Edmonds Lunar New Yearlaunched to celebrate the diversity of Asian culture in our community.
In China, the celebration lasts almost two weeks, starting on January 31 on New Year’s Eve and ending with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year…in this case, February 14. in party mode a bit too.
The most traditional Lantern Festival food is called Yuan Xiao, sticky rice dumplings that are usually filled with sweet bean, peanut, or sesame paste. I found many places to order this dish – Xiao Long Bao – in our area: Fashion Dim Sum, Dumpling Generation – Edmonds, Furi Chinese Restaurant, Dumpling House, Boiling Fish, Dong Ting Chung, and more.
Since the featured animal for 2022 will be the tiger, here is a Thai dish served in several local restaurants called “Crying Tiger” or Nom Tok – an exquisite Thai-style grilled tender beef brisket with Jaew sauce (spicy, savory, tangy, aromatic, hot sauce). When the brisket was on a hot grill, the oil from the fat that dripped from the meat on the grill looked like tears. Therefore, it seemed that the tiger was crying:
Restaurant News thought this might be a good opportunity to remind our readers of all the restaurants that serve not just Chinese food, but an incredible variety of Asian fusion cuisine.
We have two weeks, so visit many of these restaurants in the area and celebrate 2022, the year of the tiger.
The best of Chengdu, Lynnwood
boiling fishRanch Market/Edmonds
Chinese Brothers, Lynnwood
Dong Ting ChunEdmonds
Generation of dumplingsEdmonds
Dumpling House, located at G-Mart in Lynnwood
chinese furi, Edmonds,
golden house, Lynnwood/Mukilteo,
Szechuan Cuisine, Mountlake Terrace,
T and T SeafoodRanch Market/Edmonds
Yummy Box food truckbased in Edmonds
The list below includes establishments that have still not reopened after a fire in September shuttered the entire Plum Tree Plaza complex.
I’m posting to remind everyone that we’re running out of fabulous food. There is also a fund to help them recover (see our previous story here) so that we can soon enjoy their cuisine again.
Additional locations serving Asian cuisine
Bagus, Mountlake Terrace
Bar-DojoAsian Fusion, Edmonds
Boiling pointTaiwanese hot soup, Edmonds
B Thai, Lynnwood
Looking for ChaiTaiwanese, Edmonds
noodle shackThai street food, Edmonds
Chicken Prince (stars in the sky), Edmunds. (Famous for Korean fried chicken, the restaurant changed its name to Chicken Prince and was also renovated. Same owner, same great food.)
Thai by day, Edmonds
On a related note, Claire’s Pantry in Edmonds invites you to celebrate the Lunar New Year with them. On January 30, Claire’s will distribute Tiger Year Red Pocket (Hongbao) to the first 100 children aged 5 and under.
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Visit Furi Chinese in Edmonds
“Chinese Furi,” she said. “They have cake noodles!”
A good friend of Chinese descent, who grew up in Hawaii, assures me that this Chinese dish, Cake Noodle, is extremely popular in Honolulu. “Cake noodles are the best, so good and so different from chow mein,” she says. “I was raised on the stuff.”
All “in the know” locals go to Furi and order Cake Noodle. Of course, I had to try this dish for myself. Please note that this dish is not on the online menu. You have to call or order in person at the restaurant.
The basic recipe relies on fresh Chinese egg noodles sautéed in oil. Thick piles are formed, then cut into 2-inch squares, and plated and served in a hoisin-type sauce. A multitude of toppings give variety to the dish, and I also enjoyed a square on its own.
I laughed – OK – but this dish looks like squares of dried ramen noodles, I wondered, can you use noodles straight from the wrappers? Ingenious shortcut, but no. These were tender and simply arranged in squares and seasoned with the sauce. One could add meat or seafood to the order and make quite a feast of the dish.
The Cake Noodle is an inverted version of a cross-cultural cuisine concept. But it made me think of another example of products being adopted into the local culture – Spam, the canned meat lunch served to GIs during WWII.
Many restaurants in Hawaii offer a full entree menu with spam as the main ingredient. One can drive to McDonalds and browse the choices on the menu board. A Spam breakfast is offered alongside the more familiar Egg McMuffin. A foam plate contains scrambled eggs, a ball of rice, and a few slabs of Spam:
But I digress.
Return to Chinese fury. Of course… I didn’t just order Cake Noodle.
My “preview” Lunar New Year meal – takeout from Furi – included many delicious dishes.
The hot and sour soup started our meal. We ordered a bowl, generous enough for three. Plenty of black mushrooms add a zest to the bold broth, and my family whipped it up in a snap.
The portion of Shrimp Egg Foo Young was so generous – three discs of egg breaded bean sprout cakes, and each had several shrimp. And best of all, no one had to share. One order comes with the sauce in a separate container which was nice as it could be reheated at home before serving.
We also had steamed buns – ours were pork. One rder contains four meat-filled buns of substantial size, and the contents were perfectly spiced; each bite contained spicy pork.
I love colorful dishes and the aubergine garlic sauce suits me perfectly. Purple-skinned vegetables, plus orange carrots, green pepper, a light sauce that supports the flavors, and a portion large enough to share with everyone at the table.
The Honey Walnut Shrimp should be listed as a dessert because we scraped the container for the sauce that complements the toasted nuts and steamed shrimp. It’s tangy, sweet, and just light enough not to weigh down the ingredients. We saved it for last and carefully counted every piece of walnut and shrimp.
The owners of Furi have shared with me a list of special dishes they will be offering guests during Lunar New Year and are encouraging celebrants to order soon:
The dessert of many Chinese restaurants is simply the fortune cookies offered with the receipt. For more specialized articles, visit the 85 degrees bakeries in our region. Located at 22611 76th Ave W #100, Edmonds, and 18700 33rd Ave. W. A, Lynnwood, every bakery has something to sweeten the end of your celebrations.
Here comes the year of the tiger, and hope your 2022 fortune cookies all contain positive messages.
(Readers – if you have a favorite place that you don’t see listed, please share it in the comments so we can publish in my article.)
— By Kathy Passage
A gastronomic specialtyA food broker for over 30 years, Kathy Passage has an in-depth knowledge of food and the special qualities of the ingredients used in the exquisite products she has helped bring to market. Kathy brings this unique ‘other side of the plate’ perspective to writing on the food and dining scene in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace.