In celebration of Chinese New Year, World Square shopping centre hosted a stilt jumping Lion Dance Troupe, Jin Wu Koon in a spectacular performance to welcome the Year of the Snake.
The lion dance moved to the beat of drummers in the centre’s square with some skilled moves and jumps on stilts. The lion then stopped at shops with a hung lettuce outside their door for the Choy Cheng ritual, or Eating of the Green , where the lion picks up the lettuce in its mouth and “chews” on it as a symbol of prosperity.
Following the performance, guests enjoyed a Lunar New Year lunch at Din Tai Fung, the Taiwanese chain of restaurants renowned for its silky dumplings. Every dumpling pastry is hand-crafted to be 6cm in diameter and weigh between precisely 4.8 and 5.2 grams before being filled to weigh between 20.6 and 21.4 grams. Truffle and pork dumplings (xiao long bao) were among the favourite dishes as well as the shrimp and pork wonton noodle in a spicy sauce before finishing with a giant mango ice dessert, made of mango pieces, crushed ice and topped with mango ice cream.
World Square Shopping Centre is located along George Street, within close proximity to Chinatown where celebrations will continue over the next few days. The Lunar New Year officially starts on February 10, 2013.
Kung Hei Fat Choy!
Din Tai Fung
World Square Shopping Centre
Level 1, 644 George Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000
Gourmantic attended the celebration and lunch at World Square as a media guest.
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