Last weekend I finally tasted dumplings for the first time at the Chinese New Year Festival. 😃
It's been a while since I had the opportunity to celebrate Chinese New Year - the last time was in Central London in 2008 - and I was super excited to be able to relive that experience here in the Netherlands. 😊
Some friends and I met on Saturday afternoon, and made our way to the train station. We boarded a train to The Hague (Den Haag) where the festival had been running all week.
We arrived at The Hague 10 minutes later, and we made our way to Chinatown; when we got there the party was already in full swing! 🎉🎉There were people everywhere, loud music was playing, and Chinese food was being sold at a number of food stalls in honour of the occasion.
Our first stop: Dumplings! It didn't feel right to have eaten a number of different Chinese dishes in my lifetime, but not to have tasted dumplings. So I was eager to cross them off my list. And I'm happy to say that they were well worth the wait!😃😄
Afterwards, we made a stop at a Chinese artist's table. He was writing people's names in Chinese. I asked if he could do me a favour and write me something a bit different instead: Debz Meets World. Seemed appropriate, don't you think? 😉
We later toured the streets of Chinatown so as to get a feel of the local atmosphere. Remnants of fire-crackers littered the streets, and every now and then we heard a new batch of them going off in the distance.
Our last stop of the day was Fat Kee Restaurant, where we enjoyed a selection of Chinese dishes. As a student, I'm so used to eating on my own, so sharing a meal with friends for a change was a personal highlight for me.🍴🍜☺
All in all, it was a lovely day, one that I'm glad that I got to experience with friends. 😊
As I always say, "Food is my love language!"😄 And I believe a memorable eating-out experience is worth sharing, and a good recipe is worth passing on.
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