Chinese New Year
I love celebrating Chinese New Year's in Houston, because there are so many authentic options for food! Our "Asia Town" as many call it, covers 6 square miles and offers every kind of Asian market, restaurant and business you could imagine.
However, I was really in the mood for a NYC Chinatown, back in the 1950's. Our Asia Town is fairly young, so there are no family run Chop Suey Houses, lingering from long ago. It's hard to find Chow Mein on a menu or carryouts that aren't served in Styrofoam.
After a search, Don and I found Chang's Chinese, which offered the safe and boring dishes that our families would have ordered 50+ years ago. We called in a carry out order of Chicken Chow Mein, Shrimp Chop Suey, Pork Lo Mein and Egg Drop Soup. We enjoyed our own tea and tried to ignore the lottery numbers that are now included on fortune cookies. After our meal we sat back and watched a YouTube clip of Rogers and Hammerstein's musical, Flower Drum Song. Holy cow. The song and dance number titled "Chop Suey" is a pretty whacky (and rather unrealistic) peek into the world of San Francisco's Chinatown in the fifites!
CHOP SUEY SONG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPwiqmv6Xeo
57 Celebrations of the Fifties!
April 9, 2014
I don't remember the 1950's, since they ended when I was 2. But since I turned 57 today and this is my BYB (Birth Year Birthday) I'm going to just appreciate the flavor of 1957! My goal is to celebrate in at least 57 simple ways throughout the year! I will dabble in the fashion, the foods, the music and the culture of those times...just for the fun of it!