Friday, February 2, 2018

Dog alert – it is our year!

Phyllis Louise Harris
February 2018

The lunar calendar marks February 16, 2018 – February 4, 2019 as the year of the dog. People born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982. 1994, 2006, and this year are under the sign of the dog and I am one of them! We are said to be kind, loyal and sincere.

Legend says that when Buddha prepared to leave earth, he called all the animals to him to bid farewell. Only twelve showed up. The first to appear was the rat followed by the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. As a reward he named the twelve years in the Chinese zodiac after them in order of their arrival. Unfortunately, 2018 is predicted to be an unlucky year for the dog, so do be careful!

You might start with lucky food traditionally served at Chinese New Year celebrations. A whole fish, complete with head and tail, represents abundance for the coming year. Long noodles are said to ensure long life. Round, golden fruit such as kumquats predict wealth and good fortune. Peanuts ensure fertility and round dumplings good luck.

There is nothing more festive than the Chinese New Year celebration with its lion dances, colorful costumes and fireworks designed to please the Gods and ward off evil. A few celebrations in Minnesota include the Minnesota International Chinese School 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration and Carnival, February 11 at Valley View Middle School in Edina. The Chinese New Year Celebration at the Mall of America, February 17 and 18. The annual Lion Dance by the Fong family at David Fongs Chinese Restaurant at 9329 Lyndale Avenue South in Bloomington, February 22, 23, and 24. Reservations are necessary for this popular event. Call 952-888-9294.

Or make your own celebration with lucky foods from your favorite take-out restaurant. Better yet, make your own from recipes in Asian Flavors: Changing the Tastes of Minnesota since 1875.

And, for all of us dogs, please give us an extra helping to get us through the year ahead!

Jixiang Ruy! May good fortune be according to your wish.


Read more about Asian food in Minnesota and try more than 160 recipes in Asian Flavors: Changing the Tastes of Minnesota since 1875, in bookstores and on

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