If you thought you missed out on the Chinese New Year, you’re in luck. The holiday celebration isn’t over yet. In fact, the Chinese New Year is the longest of all Chinese festivals and is observed for 15 days (and then some). This year, the festivities began on Feb. 5 and will continue through Feb. 19.
Vendors at the Crossroads Collective, 2238 N. Farwell Ave., are taking full advantage, offering guests the opportunity to take part in a variety of specials from vendors throughout the food hall from Feb. 14 through 19.
Here’s what you can expect.
Special beer offerings and cocktails will be available at both Crossroads Collective main bar and the Shanghai speakeasy, which will be open Feb. 14-18 beginning at 6 p.m.
Offerings include brews from both Singha and Tsingtao ($3 each) as well as cleverly named craft cocktails ($8), including:
- To Catch a Humming Pig: two gins, housemade orange rosemary syrup, lime
- Hea-ting and Coo-li hing: Avagales silver, li-hing syrup, lime juice
- Call me Xingfu!: Tito’s vodka, passion fruit puree, tamarind
Once you have a drink in hand, head to any one of these vendors for Asian-inspired specials created with each brand’s own unique spin.
- Shanghai noodles featuring udon with stir-fried shiitake mushrooms, Napa cabbage, bok choy, carrots, ginger, scallions and thinly sliced seitan steak strips in garlic hoisin sauce
- Asian shawarma bowl featuring yellow rice, hummus, chicken shawarma and housemade Asian sauce
- Soup: Chinese corn, crab and shrimp soup (gluten and dairy-free)
- Salad: Broccoli and Napa slaw with cashews, bean sprouts, blood orange, wonton crisps, edamame and miso vinaigrette
- Sandwich: Lemongrass chicken bao burger with pickled carrots, daikon, cucumber, cilantro and togarashi aioli on a steamed bun
Heaven’s Table BBQ
- Smoked five spice pork brisket served with ginger and garlic rice and hoisin bbq sauce
The Laughing Taco
- Red light ramen rice bowl featuring rice, scallion, trout roe, bonito, togarashi and soy sauce. Upgrade your bowl with a serving of trompo pork.
Scratch Ice Cream
- Candied banana fritters served with a scoop of ice cream
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