Shattuck-St. Mary’s students celebrated the Lunar New Year during a series of events, culminating with a Chinese New Year feast on Sunday, January 29 at St. Mary’s Hall.
A group of SSM students traveled to Minneapolis on Friday, January 27 to enjoy dinner at the Tea House, an authentic Szechuan restaurant. Spearheaded by head chef and SSM student Ken Yuan ’17, an authentic 10-dish (along with two soups) Chinese New Year dinner followed on Sunday evening. Yuan, Chinese Instructor Hua Lin, and several other students worked to prepare the meal on Saturday and Sunday for more than 100 attendees, an incredible feat.
Yuan, who has enjoyed cooking since he was eight-years-old, relished the opportunity to prepare the meal and hopes that the event becomes a yearly staple at SSM.
“It’s a lot of preparation, but I really enjoy the cooking,” Yuan said.
Dishes included squid, lotus root, egg dishes, and much more. The main entree was a street-style hot pot, which combined many of the evening’s dishes with a series of vegetables. Overall, the dishes were a big hit with dinner attendees, and allowed many in attendance to step out of their culinary comfort zones a bit while enjoying traditional Chinese culture.
“I really enjoyed the trips to the Tea House and the St. Mary’s Hall dinner, it was great way to experience Chinese culture and celebrate one of their biggest holidays,” said Amanda DeShane ’18. “Learning Mandarin has been a fun experience so far and having the opportunity to immerse myself in Chinese culture at Shattuck-St. Mary’s has been both helpful and fun. I’m looking forward to this celebration again next year!”
The official Chinese New Year began on Saturday, January 28, ushering in the Year of the Rooster.
Tuesday’s Chapel theme also focused on the Lunar New Year, as several students shared passages on the holiday and sang a traditional Chinese song during the service.
A special thanks to Harry Wang ’17 for his excellent photography!