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This Michelin Star Dim Sum Brunch Buffet Celebrates Chinese New Year In Style

The Cantonese words for “dim sum” literally translate to the phrase “to touch the heart.” That’s because the small bites and delicacies are supposed to bring a smile to your face and stomach as you dive into them. If you’re looking for an extravagant experience of these feel-good bites for Chinese New Year, you need to look no further than this Michelin star dim sum brunch buffet in Vegas.

Michelin Star dim sum brunch buffetPhoto courtesy of Wynn Las Vegas

Conceived by chef Ming Yu at Wing Lei in the Wynn, this banquet of Chinese fare truly brings out all the bells and whistles. As the first Chinese restaurant to receive the coveted Michelin star in North America, you’d expect the meals here to be something truly special. What Chef Yu has designed, however, blows away all expectations.

It starts off with an elaborate table-side presentation featuring virtually every dim sum item out there. These include scallop dumplings, pan-seared radish cakes, puff pastries filled with Chinese BBQ pork, and a wide variety of other options.

From there, the various stations of available grub offer up a mix of Las Vegas flair and authentic Chinese fare. There’s your typical Sin City seafood presentation, with an abundance of crab, lobster, and oysters served on ice. There’s also sushi, prepared by the master chefs of nearby restaurants Wazuzu and Mizumi.

The authentic Chinese food stations are just as luxurious, with one offering up bowls of warm, hearty congee and plenty of slurp-worthy noodles. And at the atypical carving station, Peking duck is paired alongside the more common cuts of prime rib and herb-crusted rack of lamb.

Dessert brings this same blend of Vegas flash and Chinese flavor, with custard buns, lychee mochi, and plenty of other sweets adorning the buffet table.

The entire banquet is a masterful and decadent way to ring in the Year of the Dog. Those hoping to sample Chef Yu’s Michelin star dim sum brunch buffet will need to head there between February 15-21. A seat for this celebration costs $68.88, with a $10 discount available for kids under six.

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Free Firecracker Chicken At Panda Express For Chinese New Year




It’s almost the year of the rooster, and Panda Express will be celebrating Chinese New Year by handing out celebratory red envelopes (or Hong Bao) to all guests this Saturday. Within those envelopes will be coupons for you to redeem a free entree of their Firecracker Chicken and a 22-ounce drink during a future visit.

WHO: Panda Express

WHAT: Free voucher for Firecracker Chicken entree, and 22-ounce Dr. Pepper on future visit

WHEN: Saturday, January 28

WHERE: All participating Panda Express locations

WHY: To celebrate Chinese New Year


Starbucks Canada Does Blossoming Peach Tea Latte For Lunar New Year


Blooming tea is a type of Chinese tea made from dried flowers that “bloom” when steeped in water. They’re typically lighter in fragrance and taste and look best when poured from glass tea pots. Of course, Starbucks’ westernized rendition is nothing like that at all, but at least it probably tastes good?

According to Brand Eating, Starbucks’ Blossoming Peach Tea Latte is based on a similar drink from Starbucks China, and features earl grey, peach syrup, steamed milk, whipped cream, and peach blossom sugar crystals. It’s available at select locations in Canada’s bookends, Vancouver and Toronto, until February 16, in commemoration of the Lunar New Year.

And to think, all we got was a measly new gift card, sigh.

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Fast Food

Burger King Singapore Striking Gold Burgers Are Covered in Three Different Kinds of Cheese


In preparation for the upcoming Lunar New Year, Burger King Singapore has rolled out a set of “golden” burgers that are almost too pretty to eat . . . considering they’re drenched in three different kinds of OOEY, GOOEY CHEESE.

Available for a limited time, the burgers come with either two beef or fried beef patties which are then smothered in nacho, Swiss, and American cheese and sandwiched beneath a sesame seed bun.

The ad campaign takes its cues from the movies, adorning titles like “Golden Cheese Award 2014” and “Cheesiest BK Burger 2014” with those iconic indie festival laurel leaves and awarding the burgers “5 stars.”

So uh, how do we get in on some of that decadence, hm?

H/T + Picthx Brand Eating

Fast Food

McDonald’s China Unleashes Red Sausage Pork Burger and Chestnut Chicken Shrimp Burger

China McD

In celebration of Chinese New Year, McDonald’s is releasing two very unique burgers to their locations in China.  The new additions will be the Red Sausage Pork Burger and the Chestnut Grilled Chicken with Shrimp Sandwich. Both sandwiches are only available for a limited time through Feb. 11.

The Red Sausage Pork Burger is made of two pork patties, lettuce, sauce and one large slice of smoked Chinese sausage. The Chinese sausage, sometimes referred to as Harbin red sausage, is a speciality in the Northeast region of China. The Red Sausage burger is priced at 21 yuan ($3.47 USD).

The Chestnut Grilled Chicken with Shrimp Sandwich comes with a grilled and flattened piece of chestnut grilled chicken, lettuce, sauce and two breaded shrimp sticks. The surf and turf option is a bit extra, since chestnut chicken usually has to go through a braising process, and is available for 27 yuan ($4.46 USD).

H/T Brand Eating


Panda Express Giving Away Free Firecracker Chicken on Chinese New Year


Who: Panda Express

What: Free single serving of Firecracker Chicken Breast with white meat chicken breast, onions and bell peppers tossed in spicy black bean sauce.

Where: All participating restaurants

When: January 31, Chinese New Year

Fast Food

Pizza Hut Singapore Celebrates Chinese New Year With Coin-Shaped Pizza


Nothing says “Happy Chinese New Year” like a pizza shaped like a Chinese cash coin… at least according to Pizza Hut Singapore. The new “Ring of Fortune” pizza looks pretty much exactly like a regular pizza except for the square hole in the center, which on real cash coins was used to string different coins together. Personally, I’m very on board for anything that brings us closer to a world where pizza is an accepted form of currency, and the Ring of Fortune pizza seems like just the perfect step on the road to a monetary revolution. Tasty, tasty revolution.

The pizza’s unique ingredient list features a golden pumpkin paste with taro (meant to symbolize “gold and a good year ahead”), pineapple (“for prosperity”), diced barbeque chicken, pok chui (crispy dough), and mushrooms. If that flavor combination doesn’t sound particularly fortunate to you, Pizza Hut Singapore has sweetened the deal by offering customers the chance to win cash prizes of either $888 or $88 with specified purchase, since eight is considered a lucky number. Happy feasting and good luck!


H/T to Brandeating + PicThx Everyday


“Year of the Rabbit” Burger

Ring in the Chinese New Year today with this Year of the Rabbit burger. Created by the burger genius Char.L.Ton, this dish highlights a rather lonesome rabbit made entirely of edible hamburger ingredients. The patty makes up the body, dots of mustard make up the eyes, a tomato button nose, onions are used in the creation of the eyebrows, whiskers and teeth, the body is a bed of greenery, and the carrot off to the side is a combination tomato and lettuce leaf. The best part about the dish, in my opinion, is the Sriracha-based type face accenting the dish. Eat on!