How Montreal’s Chinese Restaurateurs Are Planning Takeout Feasts for a Less Than Ideal Lunar New Year

At this time of year, the sights and sounds of the raucous lion dance, a Chinese tradition believed to bring good fortune and banish evil, would usually be delighting visitors to Chinatown’s streets. But COVID-19 and its resulting curfew have put a damper on Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, which falls on February 12. While festive red is still de rigueur for the lunar holiday, getting together in large groups, at home or in restaurants, is simply not possible, leaving many with little to look forward to, other than the food, to celebrate the Year of the Ox.

food on a plate: J’ai Feng’s hulu ji, or gourd chicken

© J’ai Feng/Supplied
J’ai Feng’s hulu ji, or gourd chicken

“It would have been nice to have the whole family together this year, but I’ll be working in the restaurant,” Sandy Mah, the owner of Brossard’s Maison Sai Yin, says. Like every other restaurateur

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