Celebrate the Lunar New Year in JXN
Gathering around the table and sharing a meal is a large part of the celebration of the Lunar New Year, celebrated here as Chinese New Year.
Around the world, millions are getting ready to welcome one of the world’s biggest festivals – the marking of the first new moon of the lunar calendar and the start of the year of the dragon, an ancient tradition based on the Chinese zodiac calendar. Gathering around the table and sharing a meal is a large part of the celebration, with dishes chosen to symbolize luck – including fish, puddings, and dumplings, which resemble gold ingots. Jackson has plenty of spots to ring in good fortune for the months ahead – here are a few of our picks.
Mr. Chen’s Authentic Chinese Cooking & Supermarket
A staple for Chinese food, Mr. Chen’s is now fully open for dine-in service and offers a myriad of traditional menu items, from appetizers like Scallion Pan Cakes to soup and pot favorites to hearty main courses; they also have extensive Milk Tea, Flavored Hot Tea, and Smoothie specials to choose from. While there, check out their attached supermarket, where hard-to-find Asian and Chinese grocery items are fully stocked. mrchensfood.com
China King of Jackson
Located on Beasley Road, China King is the perfect spot to grab a quick lunch or takeout dinner. Popular items include their Honey Chicken Wings, Steamed Dumplings, and Fried Donuts, to name a few. They also have several Family Value Packs to feed a larger group and take the guesswork out of meal planning. chinakingofjackson.com
Available for dine-in or takeout, Best Wok is known for its authenticity, affordability, and fresh ingredients. With popular rice and noodle-based dishes standing out on their regular menu, it’s also worth trying their Chef Specials like the “Four Seasons” – savory jumbo shrimp, beef, pork, and chicken mixed with Chinese vegetables. bestwokjackson.com
Wok To Go
Not only to-go – there’s a small space to dine inside – Wok To Go is a strip mall hidden gem and another local go-to for lo mein, fried rice, and more. They’re also a standout for their chicken wings, with several flavors ranging from sweet to spicy. yelp.com/biz/wok-to-go-jackson
Chopsticks Chinese Restaurant
Chopsticks Chinese Restaurant serves up fast takeout that packs plenty of flavor. With steamed and fried rice and noodle dishes readily available, along with dumplings, wontons, and more, you can also order a Chef’s Specialty dish Szechuan, Hunan, or Cantonese-style. chinesemenu.com