This week, Toronto’s Avling Kitchen and Brewery launched its first-ever Lunar New Year menu to help Torontonians celebrate the Year of the Tiger with festive food and drink, while also contributing to an incredibly important cause.
Available for pre-order until February 1, Avling’s Lunar New Year feast features a curated selection of traditional and innovative offerings from chef Eva Chin, who designed the menu to symbolize happiness, prosperity, and wealth for the coming year.
“Lunar New Year has always been so important to me and so many other communities and cultures, and it always puzzled me that I never got to see the accessibility of this holiday as much as Christmas or Thanksgiving or Easter here in North America,” explains chef Chin. “The meaning behind celebrating Lunar New Year lies behind so many different cultures and stories that I want to share mine and my family’s to inspire everyone to share with their families as well.”
While the entire menu looks delicious from top to bottom, some of the highlights include a B.C. wild side stripe shrimp and celeriac toast with beetroot sweet and sour sauce; steamed ling cod with dried mandarin peel, ginger, and fermented black bean and spent grain vinaigrette; and eight treasure congee with Avling XO sauce, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, rice, dried longan, red beans, pearl barley, oats, and malted barley.
Each Lunar New Year meal package also comes complete with three bottles of Avling barrel-aged beer pairings, party favours, a Avling-branded tote bag, and a curated playlist to listen to while celebrating. Avling has also prepared a vegetarian menu that will be available upon request.
Additionally, Avling will also be donating a portion of sales toward the Asian Gold Ribbon Campaign—a campaign that inspires ongoing commitment to amplifying Asian voices, promoting education, and furthering generations of feeling pride in who they are.
The full Lunar New Year menu along with pickup, delivery, and shipping options can be found online.