As Halloween dining in Las Vegas sneaks up every year Chefs at various places prepares specially decorated and or slightly altered dishes, especially deserts, in an attempt to ring in the start of the winter holidays. Just look around and everything from pumpkin pies, to pumpkin looking cakes to orange frosting on cookies, ice cream, even candy are attempts by culinary professionals to associate their product with the spirit of Halloween and the start of the winter holiday season.
Halloween Slowly Creeps into Young Asian societies
Fairly absent are many oriental culinary venues. That is to be expected, since most people living in the Asian continent believe or don’t believe depending on which way you look at it, that we (the living) should leave alone the ghost and spirits (the dead) that wander around us daily. “What could they possibly do to us, I mean they’re in a different dimension, I just want to be someone different even if it’s just for one night”. Remarks Jessica, who came in our ” Las Vegas Asian Restaurant ” for a Halloween dinner as a Zombie.
Although Halloween aren’t officially recognized as a Holiday in Asian Societies. Today, more and more people in Asia, particularly the younger generations even though their numbers are still small, nonetheless they want to celebrate anything and everything Americans celebrate, from scary costume parties, to depicting the dead, young people throughout Asia are starting to bring Halloween to the Orient.
Origins of Halloween
Dating as far back as the birth of Christ The Celtics or Celts, those people living in the area encompassing modern day Ireland, England, and the Northern shores of France started to celebrate the New Year, or in their words New Harvest on the first day of November. Marking the end of the summer harvest, and ringing in the beginning of the cold winter, which usually brought about many deaths in the frigid months of November, December, January, and February. With the festival of Samhain which is pronounced “Sow” “In” the Celtics believed that on October 31st the world of the living and the dead merges. On this day it was believed that ghost or spirits of the dead would gather around, so a bon-fire is usually lit as a sacrificial alter where animals and crops are offered to their deities, all the while the Celts would dress up in costumes usually consisting of heads of animals, and or skins.
Halloween in America
Halloween didn’t become a mainstay in America until the mid to late 1800’s when after a large influx of new immigrants from Ireland brought forth popularization of the holiday. By 1900 Halloween parties for both adults and children had become a commonplace event on the last day of October, that by the turn of the 20th Century, games, food, and costumes slowly began replacing superstitions, and religious overtones relating to Halloween in the eye of the American public.
Delicious Halloween Dining in Las Vegas Chinatown Restaurant
At the oldest and most authentic Thai and Chinese restaurant in Las Vegas Chinatown , diners are offered traditional dishes with the flare of Halloween that have resisted the taste of time. At our delicious restaurant in Las Vegas we cook traditional, authentic dishes that are unaltered. Take the Tom Yum Shrimp soup. Our Thai Chefs prepare, cook and serve this broth the same way as the culinary professionals in Thailand do. The same soup, today is placed in a Hot Pot, using the same ingredients and techniques found half way around the world in Bangkok Thailand.
Another mystic dish on the menu at Kung Fu that could be mistaken for waking up the dead, is the Black Fungus stir-fried with fresh ginger and sliced fresh chicken, item number 340. One of the most nutrient rich food in the world, the Black Fungus is complemented with fresh diced Ginger, a plant used for lightly spicing up a dish. When put together side by side the orange color of the Tom Yum Soup, and the dark black fungus makes a compelling Trick or Treat culinary offering.
Halloween has been to put it simply, a day of conclusion ushering in the beginning of winter and the end of Fall, the end to plenty, and the start of scarcity, cultivating the boundary between life and death. Today it is a Celebration to the superstition of the enlightened.