Saturday, May 21 2022

Chignon bun. Photo by Thanin Viriyaki.

Lunar New Year is approaching at the end of the month and a Vietnamese restaurant in our neighborhood is offering special menus and events to celebrate.

To welcome the Year of the Tiger, Ngon Vietnamese Kitchen on Lowest Greenville is offering two dishes, available January 28-30. There is a Hanoi noodle soup called bun thang and two pan-fried sticky rice cake options.

People born in the year of the tiger are born in 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 and 2022.

Bun Thang is usually made from the combination of all leftover food at the end of Lunar New Year celebrations. At Ngon, there will be rice vermicelli in chicken broth with dried shrimp silk, shredded chicken, Vietnamese ham, fried egg, pickled daikon, shiitake mushrooms and Chinese sausage. They garnish it with a wedge of lime or lemon, green onions, Vietnamese cilantro, fried shallots and chilies.

The sticky rice cake comes in a vegan version or with split mung beans, beef ham and freshly cracked black pepper. They are wrapped in banana leaves and boiled.

Decorations will include traditional Vietnamese red and gold lanterns and yellow and pink flowers from owner Carol Nguyen’s house. On January 30, there will be a lion dance starting at 3:30 p.m. Lucky envelopes will be distributed throughout the day.

This is not the first time the restaurant has held events for a celebration. In September, Ngon commemorated the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, which coincided with Nguyen’s birthday.

We spoke with Nguyen about these activities for a previous issue of The Advocate.

“I want people here to know more about Vietnamese culture,” she told us at the time. “People know a lot more about Chinese and Japanese than Vietnamese, so I want to introduce my culture.”

Ngon is located at 1907 Greenville Ave.

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