Chinese New Year is February 1. It’s the year of the tiger.
How about six ways to celebrate?
Newport has two restaurants, Stoneacre Garden and Castle Hill Inn, that offer specialty menus.
But for something more traditional, there’s dim sum. There are many, many Chinese restaurants in Rhode Island. But few offer a dim sum menu of traditional Chinese cuisine where small plates of a variety of foods are served, including steamed dumplings.
But there are three contenders.
When I first met John Ing Wong in 2008, he was researching the globalization of Chinese food as a visiting scholar at Brown University’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. He is now retired but still helps me with topics like where to enjoy some good dim sum.
Critics favorite for dim sum: King’s Garden at 90 Rolfe Square in Cranston
King’s Garden at 90 Rolfe Square in Cranston has been a favorite of Journal Restaurant critics for years. Eng-Wong agrees. They have over 30 items on their dim sum menu. It is available during normal business hours for indoor or outdoor dining.
Hei La Moon at 88 Beach St.
If a trip to Boston is in your future, his dimly lit favorite can be found at Hei La Moon at 88 Beach St.
Silver Crystal Restaurant, 289 Cowesett Ave.
When reviewed a decade ago, Silver Crystal Restaurant, 289 Cowesett Ave. , West Warwick, ranked highly for its dim sum. They have over 30 dishes available daily.
Yummy Café at 736 Park Ave. Cranston started serving dim sum in 2019
Yummy Café at 736 Park Ave. Cranston, is the new kid on the dim sum building, which opened in 2019. It’s also a BYOB restaurant. They have about 10 dim items on the menu.
In Newport, Stoneacre Garden, 151 Swinburne Row has an Asian-inspired menu
In Newport, Stoneacre Garden, 151 Swinburne Row, has an Asian-inspired menu that includes bento boxes and bowls such as Sweet Soy General Tso’s Cauliflower. They will offer a New Year’s menu that features more traditional Chinese cuisine, in small and large plates.
They range from hot and sour soup ($10) and wagyu crispy gyoza ($14) to mapo eggplant ($22) and duck with plum sauce (half duck for two, $74).
The list will be available from February 1-14. Reservations can be made online via Resy or by calling (401) 619-8400.
As Castle Hill Inn serves a three-course Chinese New Year menu
With the Castle Hill Inn reopening for the season, Chef Andy Taur will be serving the three-course Chinese New Year menu in The Dining Room. He is inspired by his upbringing cooking traditional Chinese dishes with his parents in their Cantonese restaurant.
The menu features courses of prawn and pork dumplings, smoked rohan fowl, and milk chiffon cake. The cost is $92. Wine pairing is available for an additional $45.
The menu is available from January 28 to February 1. Reservations can be made online via OpenTable or via email at [email protected]