Philadelphia, PA - SuGa located at 1701 Sansom Street, is a contemporary Chinese dining establishment owned and operated by the culinary superstar Susanna Foo along with her son Gabe. Mother and Son are going to welcome in the Year of the Pig with a $39 banquet menu starting February 5th all the way through March 2nd, as customary in China the New Year or Spring Festival is well known for the plethora events honoring the new year for weeks.
SuGa Celebrates the Year of the Pig with Cinco Jotas
This fabulous meal offers up the experience of Susanna’s famed Northern Chinese and Taiwanese fare together with a taste of the most luxe, pricey black label acorn-fed 100% ibérico jamón, brought in from Jabugo, Spain and can only be found exclusively in Pennsylvania at SuGa.
The multi-dish, family-style selection will begin with a amuse bouche highlighting the Cinco Jotas. Furthermore, the menu will showcase Chef Susanna’s modern take on traditional Chinese New Year foods such as steamed pork bao buns as well as crispy crab spring rolls (for wealth), a whole bronzino (for prosperity) and crispy duck featuring star anise orange sauce (oranges have actually always been lucky in Asian culture particularly for the new year). Unique and fun drinks to complement the menu consist of ‘The Pomegranate Pig’ (sour cherry liqueur, vodka and pomegranate and citrus ($11) and the ‘You Boar Me’ (Chinese sausage-infused Faber gin, olive juice, olives and Chinese sausage ($11).
“It’s a blessing to celebrate Chinese New Year with my son at our restaurant,” says Susanna Foo. “I’m proud to bring my interpretations on generations of family recipes and traditional festivities to our community and to welcome the new year among friends and neighbors alongside Gabe.”
The 3,000-year-old festival, which begins at the start of the new moon and selected through the zodiac signs on a 12-year cycle, is rich in tradition and history, dating back to the ancient worship of heaven and earth. Time-honored foods for the celebration include things like fish (for prosperity), dumplings or spring rolls (for wealth) and noodles (for happiness and longevity). The Pig occupies the twelfth position in the Chinese zodiac after the Dog, and before the Rat. The Pig is mild and a lucky animal, representing carefree fun, good fortune and wealth. People born under the sign of the Pig typically exhibit a positive and easygoing nature and are usually honest, trusting, educated, sincere and brave. Common dark traits associated with those born in the Year of the Pig are stubbornness, naivety, over-reliance, and self-indulgence, and they are often quick to anger and materialistic. Famous Pigs include Woody Allen, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Magic Johnson, Julie Andrews, Stephen King and Chiang Kai-shek (an influential Kuomintang leader of 20th century China).