Rarely is the arrival of a Rat in a kitchen reason for celebration but when it’s the Animal Symbol for the new Lunar New Year, ignite those fire crackers.
Jas Sansi shares a little of what diners at Henry Wong Harborne can expect this weekend.
This weekend welcomes the New Lunar Year. It’s celebrated across Asia by families who gather to share food, exchange gifts and wish prosperity upon one another.
As the world’s largest continent, those celebrating are found not only in the Far East, but in the Far West, Far North and Far South.
You will not have to venture far should you wish to witness the awakening of the sleeping lion and enjoy seeing the colourful creature dance.
Henry Wong Harborne are treating diners to a Lion Dance spectacle on Saturday night. If you are seated at 8pm and suddenly feel the brisk chill of an open door, brace yourself.
The Zen calmness of the plush restaurant on High Street Harborne will be temporarily shattered by the roar of drum beats and the clash of cymbals.
The Lion will dance around the restaurant’s tables stopping only to receive money in lucky red packets and no doubt one or two Lion selfies.
Henry Wong Harborne are no strangers to gifting funds, the fine dining Chinese Restaurant has raised over £50,000 for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity which supports military patients and Fisher House UK.
Henry Wong Harborne owner Mr Parm Rai told me ‘We are hosting a Wine Evening in aid of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity on Thursday 5th March 2020. Before that, we look forward to welcoming diners on Saturday to see in the New Year. We’d like to wish everyone a very Happy Chinese New Year, Kung Hei Fat Choy.”
The year of the Rat is extra special for those born in 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984 or 1996. Those represented by the Rat are said to be Optimistic, Likeable, Hardworking and Clever. This can be officially confirmed by all who know him, Henry Wong Harborne’s Parm Rai was born in 1972. An extra special Kung Hei Fat Choy to him.
Henry Wong Harborne
283 High St, Harborne, Birmingham B17 9QH
0121 427 7666
Lunch: Tues to Sat, 12pm–2pm | Dinner: Mon to Sat, 6pm-11pm