Ringing in this Year of the Ox will be very different from previous Lunar New Year celebrations. Family gatherings have been canceled; traveling has been restricted. In response, Tiffany Ran, owner of Seattle’s BaBaLio, is offering a traditional feast of Taiwanese dishes to make home and family feel a bit closer.
Named after Taiwan’s international calling code — 8-8-6 in Chinese — BaBaLio (aka, BB6) has been a comforting connection since 2018, holding vibrant Taiwanese pop-up dinners and, in the last year, developing multicourse to-go menus for easy at-home dining. This Lunar New Year, it’s offering steamed whole fish, sesame oil chicken, morels longevity noodles, red yeast rice pork belly, and Buddha Jumps the Wall soup. Each dish holds its own symbolism for good fortune and a long life, but, like all comfort foods, these are flavors of cherished memories that will be much-needed and appreciated for this important time of the year.
The menu can be ordered online, with details on pickup locations/times here.