How to celebrate Chinese New Year through food

With The Menu’s New Year’s Eve celebrations ending like a kind of laundry, thanks to…yes, The Covid, he’s more than willing to sign up to celebrate Chinese New Year (February 1). Dublin-based Asia Market, the country’s largest supermarket, which opened in 1981, now offers a breathtaking range of authentic Asian ingredients and food products, spanning cuisines from China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan and India – and a wide range of Asian cooking kits, caboodles and household items.

Asia Market hosts a range of cultural culinary events in the capital, but the rest of the country can also join in the fun via an interactive online culinary collaboration featuring top chef, Sham Hanifa, of The Cottage restaurant, Carrick -on-Shannon. , Co Leitrim.

Explore Cook Eat Experience begins with an after-hours tour of the flagship store covering trends, tastes and ingredients. And then Bould Sham delivers a 30-minute cookalong from ingredients provided in the Journey to the East food box (€45) delivered nationwide (to be ordered before midnight on January 24).

Live events from January 24 to February 21 include a Chinese New Year Night Market (February 3) featuring some of Dublin’s best Asian-inspired food trucks and the program also includes traditional Chinese tea experiences and Dumplings Free rounds.

Looking forward to meeting you, meat to please you — independent butchers

Their new store in Leopardstown is one of the latest additions to the James Whelan Butchers outlet portfolio.

James Whelan Butchers continues to be at the forefront of the independent butcher sector’s fightback, with the opening of two new stores, creating 60 new jobs and offering a range of meat and the service to support it that will be still the top of one of the shrink-wrapped cuts from the supermarket’s refrigerated cabinets. With a store in Tralee and another in Leopardstown, Dublin, the JWB mini-empire, now run by James’ son Pat, comprises 12 stores with over 240 staff and continues to offer a nationwide home delivery service .

Fish of the day – delivered to your door

Glenmar Sea is another Irish food business that has pivoted during Covid to offer a nationwide home delivery service, from their seafood shop in Union Hall, West Cork. Owning and operating three fully accredited seafood processing units, in West Cork, North-East Cork and Dublin, and supplying some of the best restaurants in the country including Restaurant Chestnut, Dede at the Customs House, Lignum and Allta. The company’s international arm also supplies premium fish and seafood to the world’s finest restaurants, including Japan, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Canada and the United States.

The company’s national offering includes a range of fresh caught and top rated Irish fish, seafood and shellfish to include lesser used species such as megrim, chicory, ling and red mullet plus all the favourites. usual. Also available are sensible imports and delicacies from the pool, including Imperial Heritage caviar, sustainably produced in Piedmont, northern Italy, and all packaging for home deliveries is fully recyclable and biodegradable.


Ecoset is a stylish new line of eco-friendly drinking vessels and flasks for year-round use.
Ecoset is a stylish new line of eco-friendly drinking vessels and flasks for year-round use.

A proposal for a ‘Latte Levy’ – a charge between 10c and 25c – first mooted in 2019 and expected to be implemented before the end of 2021 appears to have been shelved. The idea of ​​introducing a tax that would have been absorbed only by retailers in the hospitality sector was, quite rightly, a step too far at this particular time, as the sector has surely taken all possible punishment since the arrival of Covid.

Either way, it was a token gesture and an ill-conceived idea, not least that there didn’t seem to be any recognition of the efforts of the many independent cafes and outlets that have been ahead of the curve by using compostable cups and packaging, even if it doubles their costs.

More generally, Le Menu tires of the pace at which the state addresses the urgency of implementing profound change in response to the enormous existential challenges of climate change and the continuing devastation of the environment, in particular the pronounced reluctance to impose a global approach. -the management tax on single-use plastic containers and packaging.

However, The Menu is a positive soul and believes that rather than waiting for a laggard state, a slave to huge commercial interests, to lead the charge, it is up to all of us to make changes in our own daily lives. and start the revolution from the bottom up.

If you’re a regular coffee-to-go consumer, a reusable cup is a great start, but there are plenty of other areas where changes can be made. Regardless of the occasional takeaway coffee, there’s no excuse for buying water in plastic bottles and The Menu can recommend a new Irish startup, Wicklow-based Ecoset, which seems to have all the options covered via their eminently stylish and premium range. of reusable beverage containers, all finished with a powder coat paint job in a variety of eye-catching colors.

Made from double-walled, insulated stainless steel with barely a hint of BPA, each container – tumblers, travel mugs and stroller mugs, all with lids – keeps cold beverages cold for up to 24 hours and beverages warm for up to 12 hours.

Additionally, the range includes water bottles, ‘flaskets’, dip bottles for adults and children, and even an extremely festival-friendly ‘wine flask’ with ‘wine flutes’ ideal for picnics. outdoor picnics, especially in remote areas. places reached after a short hike through rough country. Again, each container can be used to hold hot or cold drinks, a commendable versatility of use, says The Menu, as he raises his ‘wine flute’ to toast Mother Earth and Ecoset !

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