Photos Courtesy: Gary Lau, http://www.Asia Trend.org
This was a special occasion for the Asian American Journalists Association Florida Chapter. Several chapter members got together to celebrate Chinese New Year with a Dim Sum lunch at Mr. Wong’s Chinese Cuisine Restaurant in Orlando’s Chinatown. Chapter President and Orlando Fox 35 News Reporter Valerie Boey, Vice President and WTXL-TV Tallahassee Reporter Stephen Jiwanmall, Tasty Chomps.com’s Ricky Ly, Asia Trend’s Shally Wong and Gary Lau, Tampa News-Info Blogger Carol Lim and Daniel Lim, University of South Florida microbiologist attended. Not surprisingly, the cameras came out to take photos of the delicious Dim Sum -Steamed Siu Mai, Steamed Barbeque Pork Buns, Pan Fried Taro Cake, Stewed Pork Short Ribs in Bean Sauce, Steamed Rice Noodles with Shrimp, Fried Shrimp Balls and Crispy Taro Balls. Dim Sum are Chinese appetizers for lunch and served with hot tea. The group also visited the Sun Pearl Bakery next door for dessert. During this Chinese New Year celebration, chapter members became more acquainted and exchanged career advice. There also were gifts of candied sesame nuts. Gary Lau’s father hand-painted Chinese wishes of good luck and prosperity on red paper for the chapter, too. Each member paid their part of the food bill. The Florida Chapter’s big fundraiser is at Barnes & Noble every December to help support Asian American journalists and students.
Orlando’s Chinatown has authentic Chinese stores, including a large grocery store, restaurants and gift shops. On weekends, the customer lines are long for roast duck, steamed chicken, roast pork and Cantonese barbeque at the grocery store. The parking lot fills up fast.
The Chinatown address is 5060 W. Colonial Drive in Orlando. Mr. Wong’s Chinese Cuisine Restaurant, 5076 W. Colonial Drive and Sun Pearl Bakery, 5082 W. Colonial Drive are located in this shopping center. If you’re taking I-4 from Tampa to Orlando, exit at Colonial Drive and turn left to travel west for several miles on Colonial Drive.
Photos: Carol Lim
You also can celebrate Chinese New Year on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Orlando Fashion Square Mall, 3201 East Colonial Drive (M-25 inside near J.C. Penney’s) with a Dragon Parade and Lunar New Year Festival. For more information, http://www.asiatrend.org. There’s also a Chinese New Year celebration in Largo, Florida (Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater) at Largo Central Park on Saturday, February 13th. For more information, http://www.sacatampabay.org
Everyone is invited to celebrate Chinese and Lunar New Year. Admission is free.
Have a safe, blessed Chinese and Lunar New Year!
Shin Yen Fi Lauk! (Mandarin) Gung Hay Fat Choy! (Cantonese)
Chuc Mung Nam Moi (Happy Lunar New Year!)