Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen rings in Chinese New Year with traditions, entertainment

Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen celebrates the Chinese New Year at a Park Cafe pop-up

Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen, a popular restaurant with traditional Chinese fare, will celebrate the Chinese New Year, i.e., the Year of the Monkey, this weekend with a special dining experience.

The menu will include several authentic dishes traditionally served on New Year’s Eve, which symbolize “good health, strong families and prosperity in the New Year,” according to an announcement. For instance, the xi xian cai, meaning “10 fragrant vegetables” symbolizes “a perfect life” and includes bamboo shoots, pickled ginger, shiitake mushrooms, carrots, pickled cucumber and soy bean sprouts. The recipe has been in co-owner Lily Lei’s family for several generations.

During the celebration, there will be a traditional Lion Dance, which is performed by dancers dressed in one elaborate lion costume. The drink menu will include a special Chinese liquor, Baijiu, created for the festivities by the local Striped Pig Distillery. Reservations are encouraged, but not required.

When: 5-10 p.m. Monday

Where: 218 President St.

Price: Menu prices vary

More info: 843-822-5337