Lunar New 12 months eats to remove in Berkeley and Oakland

Farmhouse Thai’s Lovely Lunar Tea Set includes shrimp rolls, crab rangoon, short-ribbed rolls, sticky rice in lotus leaves, shrimp har-gow, pork shumai pork with pudding filling, chow mein, other dessert bites, and hot tea. Photo: Farmhouse Thai

This lunar new year may look different than previous years, but one aspect of the holiday has to run out, pandemic or not – a delicious array of festive dishes. Your gathering might just be in your household this year – and especially quiet and less smoky without the usual firecrackers and boisterous parties – but that doesn’t mean you can’t usher in the Year of the Ox with a leisurely celebration with takeaway food from local Restaurants. (Be sure to explain Venmo to your uncles and aunts so you can still benefit from that cute, sweet, red envelope money.)

This year, the holiday begins on February 12th, and Nosh has spotted several locations in Berkeley and Oakland serving traditional and less traditional New Year’s dishes from different cultures. Note that some companies require pre-order for specific items.

Because Lian

Berkeley’s Da Lian is named after the coastal city in northern China where its owners come from. It serves fish specialties that will serve as the centerpiece of your New Year’s spreads for the moonlight. Order classic braised whole fish for cod, fried head to tail and then carefully cooked in a Chinese soy wine sauce for a delicate, bone-dropping bite. For those looking for a little heat, the dry whole fish is fried cod cooked in a flavorful and sweet sauce. Serve each meal with a plain side of white rice to soak up the last piece of this herb and vegetable infused marinade. Both fish dishes are $ 32.95. Da Lian is open Tuesday to Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to take away. Da Lian, 1674 Shattuck Ave. (between the streets of Virginia and Lincoln), Berkeley

Farmhouse Thai

Songkran, or Thai New Year, takes place in April, but Thailand’s large Chinese population celebrates the Lunar New Year. The Farmhouse Thai with restaurants in the East Bay on Jack London Square, in Montclair Village (Daughter Thai) and in San Leandro (Farmhouse Express) offers a Lovely Lunar Tea Set (89.99 USD), a rich selection of sweet and savory canapés – like shrimp har gow, pork shumai and pork-like buns with pudding filling – and hot tea for two. The set has its own three-tier party stand. Takeaway and delivery via DoorDash and UberEats. Farmhouse Kitchen, 336 Water St., (near Webster Street) Oakland; Daughter Thai Kitchen, 6118 Medau Pl. (Near Moraga Avenue), Oakland; Thai Express Farmhouse, 16695 E 14th St. (on Elgin Street), San Leandro

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Great China

Peking duck at Great China.  Photo: Great ChinaThe Peking duck in Great China. Photo: Great China

While duck isn’t a traditional New Year’s meal, it’s a popular staple in Asian households for special occasions and holidays. Berkeley’s Great China is known for its Peking Duck Roast, thick cuts of tender and fatty meat covered in layers of incredibly thin, crispy skin. The main course is served with spring onions, sweet plum sauce and 24 steamed flour wraps so you can create your perfect bite. For a slightly deeper flavor, the duck, half-smoked with tea, offers tender meat under a layer of decadent fat, served with two fluffy, steamed buns. It is sure to please even the pickiest Asian grandma. Peking roast duck is $ 46.95; Half of the tea-smoked duck is $ 21.95. Great China offers take away or delivery via caviar. The opening times are Wednesday to Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Closed on tuesday. Great China, 2190 Bancroft Way (on Fulton Street), Berkeley

Moo Bong Ri

Moo Bong Ri is best known for its soondae (Korean black pudding), but it’s also home to tteokguk, a rice cake soup traditionally eaten to commemorate Seollal or the Korean New Year celebrations. The version of Moo Bong Ri features dumplings and shredded beef in a light beef broth topped with eggs and spring onions for a calming and slightly hearty meal. If you want to indulge yourself, order galbijjim for a generous serving of pork ribs braised in a flavorful, rich marinade with chewy rice cakes, onions, and cabbage. Tip: Add cheese ($ 5 extra charge) to make the seasoning stretchable enough. Tteokguk costs $ 15.99; Galbijjim costs $ 50.99 for a medium and $ 61.99 for a large one. Well worth the price. Moo Bong Ri is open Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for take away and delivery (via DoorDash and Postmates). Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Moo Bong Ri, 4390 Telegraph Ave. (between 43rd and 44th streets), Ste. K, Oakland

Napoleon Super Bakery

If you’re after hot and fresh pastries in search of the best New Year’s food, this Oakland Chinatown stop is for you. Napoleon’s vacation deals include Nian Gao ($ 7), a sweet and sticky sticky rice flour cake meant to usher in a successful year, and Jok Gai / Jau Gok, a peanut puff pastry with carefully curled edges (4 for $ 20). And while pancakes aren’t a traditional New Year’s item, it wouldn’t be a visit to a Chinese bakery without one or two of these creamy, flaky delicacies. Cash only. The Napoleon Super Bakery is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Napoleon Super Bakery, 810 Franklin St. (near Eighth Street), Oakland

Nomad Tibetan restaurant

Although Losar (Tibetan New Year) is a separate matter from the New Year, the two holidays overlap this year. That said, it’s the perfect time to get your Momo Fix from Nomad in Berkeley, which offers five different types of Tibetan dumplings: beef, chicken, vegetarian, and sho-kho (potato). All are plump, filled with hearty broth and carefully hand-wrapped in thick skin that is supposed to accommodate all of their very generous fillings. We recommend the Sho-Kho Momo, filled with mild curry potatoes, and the vegetarian Momo, a dumpling rich in texture, filled with fresh greens. Momos are $ 11.95 for eight and can be fried for an additional charge. Nomad is closed on the first day of Losar, February 12th, but is open from 12pm to 3pm and 5pm to 9pm for the remainder of the holiday, February 13-14. Order online to take away or for delivery. Nomad Tibetan Restaurant, 1593 Solano Ave. (near Tacoma Avenue), Berkeley


Salted Egg Yolk Cake from Viridian in Oakland.  Photo: ViridianSalted Egg Yolk Cake from Viridian in Oakland. Photo: Viridian

Oakland’s Asian-themed cocktail and dessert bar finds unique New Year’s cakes for the perfect end to your vacation. Inspired by Garden Lucky Candy, a strawberry-flavored Chinese sweet usually eaten in the New Year, Viridian’s Lucky Candy Cake is a maqaw pepper and almond cake with strawberry condensed milk and strawberry buttercream frosting. The black sesame yuzu cake is a lighter choice because it includes yuzu and osmanthus flavored cakes and black pudding pudding. For a sweet and savory option, the salted egg yolk cake is a yellow, vanilla-infused cake that’s seasoned with salted duck egg yolk, topped with salted egg yolk pastry cream, and topped with creme fraiche buttercream frosting. And for our tea-loving readers, the almond hojicha cake is filled with a pastry cream made from the roasted green tea and then frozen with salted caramel buttercream. Each cake is garnished with gold flakes so you can usher in the new year with extra wealth. Choose from double layers of cake with a single filling layer ($ 55-58) or triple layers of cake with two layers of filling ($ 85-88). Cake orders must be submitted at least one week prior to collection. Lucky Candy Cake is available from February 12th, all other cakes are available until February 11th. Viridian is open Wednesday through Sunday from 3pm to 9pm. Viridian, 2216 Broadway (on Grand Avenue), Oakland

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