I feel sorry for the Chinese this Chinese New Year because they’ve been restricted from seeing their families. Before the Coronavirus, China’s lunar New Year holiday was the largest annual movement of people on earth as the country’s nearly 300 million people made their annual trip back home for a family gathering. This year there is a significant risk that they won’t be allowed back into the cities where they live and work because border controls have become so much stricter in an effort to stem the spread of the virulent Omicron variant. The Chinese authorities have even offered economic assistance to people who choose to stay at home instead of travel during the holidays.
We managed a family get together on the first night of the New Year of the Tiger (minus one child who was at uni) and had a delicious Chinese meal at my favourite Chinese restaurant in London (and it’s not in Soho). It’s a family run restaurant and I cannot recommend it more highly; the food is outstanding, the wine list includes New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (and Picpoul) and the staff are exceptional. It’s in Kew, in South West London and it’s called the Four Regions (with their exceptional chefs cooking from the four regions of China). It’s as good as the food we would get when I lived in Hong Kong, back in the day.
The photos we took don’t really do it justice, but you get the idea….AND THEN GUESS WHAT HAPPENED??? My fortune cookie had FOUR fortunes in the one cookie!! I’m not sure if that’s perceived as good luck or that I really need a LOT of help and advice:-