As Chinese New Year is celebrated on February 16 and the
world prepares for the Year of the Brown Earth Dog, let’s check out what’s in
store for those born under the 11th sign of the Chinese Zodiac.
Photo: Embassy XO.
Also known as the Spring Festival in modern mainland China,
New Year is the most important traditional festival and can begin any time
between late January and mid-February. Operating on a 12-year animal cycle –
last year was the Rooster – predicting fortunes for 2018 depends on the type of
element and what lucky element, is from your astrological birth chart.
If your lucky element is earth, then this year will bring
good luck, while those elements containing fire or metal will bring some degree
Dogs are known for a loyal, protecting and fair persona -
always thinking in terms of a group, whether close friends, family or other
companions. Those born under this sign can have aggressive qualities,
especially when their tempers are flared or loved ones are in need of
Famous people born under the sign of the dog include: Donald
Trump, Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, Prince, Mother Teresa, Madonna, Dolly
Parton and Bill Clinton.
No matter what sign of the Zodiac you are, we can all
celebrate New Year in style at a Chinese restaurant nearby. We’ve made it easy
with recommendations of some of the best barking spots to ring in 2018:
Family-friendly Asian fare awaits at Riverside
Kitchen @ Stuarts Point Workers Club on Ocean Avenue. Join friends to
celebrate the Year of the Dog, in a warm, inviting vibe of feature brick walls
and large glass windows overlooking lush bowling greens, while pondering a la
carte and buffet menus overflowing with choices. Embark on a flavoursome feast
with steamed pork dim sims with soy and chilli dipping sauce, or crispy fried
five spice chicken wings; then tuck into the likes of beef and vegetables in
oyster sauce, served with steamed rice.
Dine beneath high ceilings adorned with dragon and phoenix
murals at Dynasty
Chinese Restaurant on Canning Street in Launceston. With a majestic,
upscale ambiance and much sought after location next to Brickfield Park, this
restaurant is bedecked in traditional colours of red and gold, while octagonal
windows capture full views of the park by day and its romanticism at night.
Enjoy an ever-evolving menu cleverly combining Cantonese dishes with Tasmanian
seafood and meat, plating up choices such as abalone with oyster sauce and
sweet chilli sizzling beef, teamed with special fried rice.
Traditional Cantonese cuisine in a vibrant, yet relaxed
setting is on offer at Restaurant
Soy on Mornington Peninsula’s main dining precinct. Splashes of black and
bold red combine with hanging lanterns, bamboo place mats and mini terracotta
warriors, to set an alluring scene for a tantalising dining experience, in
contrast to the region’s beachside culture. Delve into the likes of crackling
roast pork on a bed of bok choy with hoisin dipping sauce, or perhaps chicken
with snow peas, chilli and lemongrass; for a sweet finish try banana fritters
or deep fried ice cream.
Photo: Embassy XO.
Overlooking picturesque Sunshine Beach from a prime seaside
XO on the corner of Duke and Bryan Streets, delicately fuses modern Asian
and Chinese fine dining in stylish surrounds. Majestic red and orange lights
set the scene to celebrate New Year, with dark timber and furnishings creating
an ideal vibe to relax with a cocktail or chilled wine, while contemplating a
delectable menu of a la carte dining, or yum cha banquet options. Delight in a
starter of soft shell crab with bonito mayo and nori noodles, before mains like slow braised pork cheeks with charred leeks, florets of cauliflower and broccoli, crunchy kale, Autumn Squash and XO master jus.
Sunnybank locals craving Chinese cuisine visit Taste
Gallery, based in the Market Square Centre on the corner of McCullough
Street and Mains Road. Grab a menu and a round table by the fish tank for easy
plate sharing with family and friends, or slide into a comfy booth to ensure a
steady flow of conversation in this warm, lively restaurant. Rich and
flavoursome fusion dishes such as boiled dumplings with beef, cabbage and
chives beckon, along with crispy spring rolls with sweet chilli sauce and
stewed pork belly, served with quail eggs. Red bean pastries entice as a sweet
end to an Asian food journey.
Open the golden doors and enter a Chinese palace where
hanging lanterns cast a subtle glow over tables adorned in red linen, at YING on Francis Street in Northbridge. With an ambiance of Eastern mysticism, this
restaurant boasts extensive a la carte and dim sum menus, including choices
from a live seafood tank cooked to order. Sip on a cocktail at the black and
yellow embossed bar, then sit back as starters like Cantonese-style spicy squid
tentacles and smoked potato rolls, appear at the table. For the main affair, be
tempted by eight treasure stuffed whole duck and braised pork ribs with peanuts
Photo: Embassy XO.
Oriental delights and country hospitality draw locals and
visitors alike to Gawler
Palace Chinese Restaurant on Murray Street. Situated close to the Barossa
Valley wine region, this third generation family friendly venue provides a
welcoming setting to feast on banquets of Chinese fare and celebrate occasions
such as toasting a New Year. With a vast selection of meat, seafood and
vegetable based dishes to choose from, think options such as pork spare ribs in
plum sauce with bok choy and steamed rice, or sizzling garlic prawns with
Take a sensory culinary journey through China without
leaving Canberra, at Portia’s
Place on Kennedy Street in Kingston. The sounds of sizzling hot pots and
consistent hum of chatter come alive in warm and inviting surrounds, making
this restaurant a hub of food and fun. Showcasing around 50 main dishes alone,
Portia’s impressive menu is a feast for the eyes with plates such as crispy
fried duck with pancakes, boneless lamb ribs and spicy Shangtung sauce, paired
with special fried rice. Steak lovers may be enticed by King Island fillet
cooked in a claypot and served with black pepper sauce.
When craving Chinese cuisine nearby, click here for restaurants in your area.