Friday, February 22, 2019

2019 – The Year of the PIG!


You are a “pig” if you were born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 and 2019. The Chinese New Year, also referred to as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. It begins on Tuesday, February 5 and lasts until February 19.

People born in pig years have a big heart! This is also their biggest weakness – as they are a bit naïve and prone to betrayals. Pigs love to love and are in it for the long haul. They are the most honest and clean people you can meet. They mean no harm to anyone even under the most trying circumstance.

At work, the pig is smart, persistent and patient. They are creative and enjoy careers in the entertainment industry as performers, directors and writers, and also do well in the hospitality business.

Chinese New Year is a big family affair with lots of feasting, eating and colorful traditions. In Chinese communities, the lion and dragon dances are said to bring good luck and the sounds of the drums and cymbals ward off evil spirits.

You can easily celebrate Chinese New Year in Marco Island. A big New Year’s tradition is cleaning house, to sweep away the bad luck from last year. Make sure you do not clean during New Year’s Day, or you might sweep good fortune away! A favorite tradition is giving a red envelope of cash given to junior and senior members of the family. Another New Year’s Day tradition is enjoying a meal of steamed fish, which is believed to bring wealth. It is customary to eat mandarin oranges, a symbol of good fortune.

To get in the spirit of the Chinese New Year, I suggest that you head out to your favorite Asian restaurant and enjoy a close facsimile of a traditional Chinese meal.

In Marco Island, a trip to Thai Sushi by KJ will satisfy your craving for something “Asian” with samples from their Japanese menu. Thai Shushi by KJ has established itself as Marco’s marquee Asian restaurant. One of their standouts is the Marco Island Roll – stuffed with a mix of spicy salmon, avocado, and cucumber. It’s an “inside-out” roll, with rice on the outside topped with tuna, salmon roe, and tobiko for some crunch!

Marco Island Roll: Stuffed with a mix of spicy salmon, avocado, and cucumber. It’s an “inside-out” roll, with rice on the outside topped with tuna, salmon roe, and tobiko for some crunch! |Photos by Maria Lamb

Spider Roll is a sushi for everyone as it contains no raw elements or unfamiliar flavors. It is tempura-battered soft shell crab mixed with spicy mayo, spears of cucumber and unagi sauce.

Shrimp Teriyaki: Deep fried shrimp with steamed vegetables topped with teriyaki sauce and sesame seeds served with miso soup and rice.

Ocean Angel Roll: Shrimp tempura, cream cheese, asparagus and trimmed with scallop with spicy mayo. Yummy creation from Thai Shushi by KJ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spider Roll is a super treat. Pretend it looks like the tail of the Chinese Dragon. The star of the show is the tempura-battered soft-shell crab, mixed with spicy mayo, spears of cucumber, and unagi sauce. Twin towers of tempura-fried soft-shelled crab legs spilled out of their rice cocoons, as if to say ta-da. The Spider Roll is sushi-for-everyone containing no raw elements or unfamiliar flavors and is usually devoured by all hands at the table.

Su’s Garden also offers a varied menu with dumplings and steamed fish to celebrate the Year of the Pig. The most common Chinese New Year foods includes dumplings, spring rolls and steamed fish. At Sue’s Garden, celebrate Chinese New Year with a bowl of steamed dumplings with a taste of their Steamed Fish Fillet with Ginger and Scallions in Black Bean Sauce.

Steamed dumplings are a traditional Chinese New Year dish. Try out Su’s Garden’s selection of dumplings.

Wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year, Marco Island-style!

 

 

 

 

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