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Dancing lion celebrates Chinese New Year

PUBLISHED: 10:58 17 February 2015 | UPDATED: 10:58 17 February 2015

The Chinese dragon at Oriental Pan Asian

The Chinese dragon at Oriental Pan Asian

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Good fortune, health, wealth and prosperity will be on the menu at the Oriental Pan Asian restaurant in Fleming Road, when the restaurant celebrates the Chinese New Year on February 22.

To celebrate and to welcome the Year of the Ram (Sheep or Goat), The Oriental Pan Asian Restaurant will be marking the occasion with traditional lion dancing and a special symbolic set menu.

Sof Lau, from the family-run restaurant said: “The Chinese New Year is something that is part of our heritage and it has lots of traditions. The dancing lion from the Kudos Academy in Benfleet will put on a spectacular show for customers, who will be given red lucky bags to put coins in. They then give them to the lion to dance with, which brings them good fortune.

“We will also be decorating the restaurant with blossom, which symbolises the coming of spring, a big theme in our new year celebrations. Our special menu will be full of symbolic foods such as spring rolls which symbolise wealth; noodles represent a long life—an old superstition says that it is bad luck to cut them, and chicken which symbolises family togetherness.”

The restaurant brings together these symbolic foods in a mouth watering menu which consists of a platter of Chinese starters to share, crispy aromatic duck with pancakes, sweet and sour chicken and beef with green pepper and black bean sauce.

Sof added: “This is a very popular day and people love it, especially the children. Most people would have to go to the West End to see a dancing lion like this on Chinese New Year, but it’s great to be able to offer it to local people.”

Visit theorientalpanasian.com/celebrate-the-chinese-new-year/ for more details.

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