Austin restaurant specials celebrating Chinese New Year

 Lions' Head Meatballs at Wu Chow. (Credit: Laura Skelding AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Lions’ Head Meatballs at Wu Chow. (Credit: Laura Skelding AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Celebrate the year of the rooster with specials at Chinese restaurants in Austin.

General Tso’Boy. 11501 Rock Rose #152, 512-339-6959, generaltsoboy.com. The sandwich lovers in North Austin will a traditional pineapple cake soft serve sundae topped with pineapple caramel (a collab with pastry chef Janina O’leary), as well as spicy pork wonton soup and spicy pork chili wontons, folded in a “prosperity” fold, as seen in classic Chinese New Year traditions.

Old Thousand. 1000 E. 11th St. 737-222-6637, oldthousandatx.com. The new Chinese restaurant in East Austin will serve a six-course prix fixe menu for two ($80) and an eight-course menu for four guests ($160). The dishes include spicy cucumber salad; Lion’s head meatball soup, salt-and-pepper crab, OT clay pot with pork belly, Chinese sausage, seasonal mushrooms, duck confit and chili-soy, and Cantonese roasted chicken.

Wu Chow. 500 W. Fifth St. 512-476- 2469, wuchowaustin.com. The upmarket Chinese restaurant in the IBC Bank building downtown will serve a prix fixe dinner on Saturday night for $88 per person. The special menu, which includes Sichuan lobster, red-cooked braised pork shank, Beijing roast duck with crispy skin, and Sichuan-braised spicy white seabass, will only be available for parties of six or more, and the entire table must participate. On Sunday evening the restaurant will host a party from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with complimentary passed appetizers from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., a traditional lion dance at 8 p.m., and drink specials.

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