Ushering in Tết with Modern Vietnamese Classics (& a Side of Harmless Gambling)

The Lunar New Year falls on Feb. 5 this year. It’s a momentous occasion celebrated by millions around the world, and we reached out to some of our friends to see how they’d be welcoming the year of the pig. Chef Jimmy Lee and Yen Vo, the husband-and-wife duo behind N.Y.C.’s popular Madame Vo and Madame Vo BBQ, share how they commemorate the Vietnamese Lunar New Year festivities known as Tết.

Chef/Owner Jimmy Ly

When people talk about the Chinese or Lunar New Year, they’re referring to the new year celebrated on the lunar calendar, which typically falls at the beginning of February. It’s celebrated in China, of course, but also in South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam (where it’s known as Tết), which are countries that have been historically influenced by Chinese culture. Because China colonized Vietnam for many years, a lot of our new year traditions, and even dishes, have that cultural influence.