Happy Chinese New Year, dear friends.
In honor of the occasion, let’s party like it’s 4710 and walk around Chicago’s Chinatown, shall we?
I’ll admit, I actually spent MLK Jr. Day wandering around Chinatown. I’m doing this wrong. It’s rather inexcusable, though, that I don’t make it there more often. It’s only a hop, skip and an El stop away.
So, welcome to Chinatown. If there’s any confusion about where you are, this gate clears it all up.
Admittedly, I’ve only eaten at two restaurants in Chinatown. Lao Sze Chuan and Lao Beijing. They’re owned by the same folks. I’m sure there are a million other delicious restaurants in the hood, but Lao Sze Chuan is so flipping amazing. I can’t force myself to go anywhere else.
The decor in Lao Sze Chuan is nothing to write home about, but the Ma Po Tofu and Mu Shu Pork are. Spicy and delicious.
Don’t forget to pick up dessert at one of the bakeries. I can’t remember from which bakery these came, but the flavors are a mix of sweet and savory. Mostly red bean.
The gift shops are fun to browse as well. I was tempted to buy a waving cat, which I just learned is called zhao cai mao (thanks, internet!). But I made out with a red dragon pouch I’m using to carry lipstick.
I just love the details everywhere.
Looks like quite a few fun events are planned for the Chinese New Year. Check them out, if you feel so inclined.
Well, hope you enjoyed the stroll. Where are your favorite places in Chinatown? I’m always down for a good reco.