International New Year is done and dusted. Now it’s time to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Here are a few spots to mark Chinese New Year in Phnom Penh.
From watching traditional dragon and lion dances snake through the capital to feasting on fabulous food, there are plenty of activities to ring in Chinese New Year in Phnom Penh and welcome the year of the rabbit.
The Factory Phnom Penh
The Factory and Urban Village Phnom Penh, in collaboration with Urban Career Co., Ltd, is hosting its first Lunar New Year celebrations with ‘Nostalgic Dream Works’. This two-day spectacular take revellers back to old Shanghai. Activities include receiving a lucky red envelope, a vintage photo booth, lion dance, Chinese vendors and plenty of Chinese cuisine.
January 20, from 5pm to 9pm; January 21 and 22, from noon to 10pm.
Hosted in collaboration with Hanuman beer, Duplex’s Golden Street 278 Party features lion dancers and a string of top entertainment. Throughout the night, Kampot Playboys, Mis Sarawan and Ms Srey Roth, DJ Avida, Joe and the Jumping Jacks, and DJ Moudy Ei Sayed will take to the stage.
Saturday, January 21, from 4pm to 1am
Back Street Bar, CanCan and H Club
Bassac Lane is the place to be if you want to see a lively parade of traditional dragons snake along the street. Hosted by Back Street Bar, CanCan and H Club, talented dragon dancers will put on a colourful parade along the street in a traditional performance that is said to bring a prosperous year ahead.
Sunday, January 22, 7pm.
What better way to celebrate Chinese New Year than feasting on dumplings? For five hours, Mama Wong’s will serve all you can eat handmade dumplings, for $8.88 per person. This will be complimented by a dragon dance from 2pm to 3pm.
Saturday, January 28, from noon to 5pm
If it’s traditional Chinese New Year food you’re after, then NagaWorld’s Hall of Golden Chimes is putting on a feast throughout the new year period. Welcome in the new year with yee sang, also known as the Prosperity Toss, a Cantonese-style raw fish salad that is said to bring prosperity for the year ahead. Its other restaurants are also hosting special gastronomic delights.
Rosewood is also offering a range of decadent delights to ring in Chinese New Year in Phnom Penh. Zhan Liang, led by Chef Teng Kam Seng, is ushering in the new year with five set menus. This includes refined Chinese dishes, such as roasted crispy pigeon, prosperity yee sang and the reunion treasures pot, poon choi.