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LUCKYRICE Festival Kicks Off in NYC—and Ups the Ante

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If you are trying to decide between a trip to New York City or a trip to Beijing—or Chiang Mai, or even Oahu for that matter—you may not have to choose. Next week in NYC marks the third annual LUCKYRICE Festival (May 1-5), a delirious celebration of Asian food and culture featuring top chefs, mixologists, and influencers. The list of names is a who’s who of Asian cuisine: Top Chef master Susur Lee, Michelin-starred curry guru David Thompson, Hawaiian regional cuisine pioneer Alan Wong, and more.

(For a backgrounder on the festival, see our video interview with founder, Danielle Chang.)

Not surprisingly events are quickly selling out as fast you can say kung pao. The super-popular Night Market street food extravaganza and Grand Feast are happening again this year, but there are some new events, like the Hawaiian sunset luau and Chinese wedding banquet-cum-cabaret, that take the fest’s experience to fun new cultural heights.

The Chinese Wedding Banquet will be true dinner theater, complete with real-life bride and groom (and Broadway veterans) performing for their “guests.” Master Chinese chef Susur Lee will collaborate with the team at Shun Lee Palace—a Chinese food institution in New York City for over 40 years—to interpret featuring eight auspicious dishes meant to inspire longevity and prosperity. All with a twist, of course, in classic creative Lee style. We recently sat down with Chef Lee, and Shun Lee Palace owner Michael Tong, to discuss the evening’s festivities, Chinese food, and diners’ changing tastes.

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Q: How will you be working with Shun Lee Palace?
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Q: What's an example of a traditional dish that you make more modern?
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Q: Are you married? What was your wedding like?
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Q: What’s your favorite dish to make for special occasions/celebrations?
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Q: Do you have an easy go-to Chinese dish you like to make at home?
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Q: SLP opened in 1971. How did your restaurant change the Chinese culinary landscape in New York?
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Q: Tell us a little about your menu. I've heard Shun Lee Palace is the birthplace of Chicken Wrapped in Lettuce Leaf and General Tso's Chicken?
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Q: How would you describe your clientele?
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LUCKYRICE will also be bringing the great flavors of Asia to Las Vegas and Los Angeles this year. Check the website for details.


Adrien Glover is deputy digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Image courtesy of LUCKYRICE

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