The Chinese Year of the Fire Rooster kicks off on Saturday 28th January – time to sample restaurants in Luxembourg. Read on for the City Savvy guide to the Chinese zodiac, the significance of the new year and the places to get your Chinese food fix!
The Chinese zodiac or the Shēngxiào (生肖), is comprised of 10 ‘heavenly stems’ (relating to the ‘yin’ or ‘yang’, two contrary forces, of 5 elements) and 12 ‘earthly branches’ (relating each year to an animal and its reputed attributes). From this sexagenary cycle, a skilled Chinese fortune teller can work out your personal attributes and future predictions in life. Whether you believe in the concept or just see it as a bit of fun, there’s no doubt that it adds some excitement during the long dark Luxembourgish winter. Find out your animal and what it means for you through the links below*. 2017 is the year of the ‘Fire Rooster’; so for those expecting a baby chick this year, you can have a look at what their personality might be like too!
- The Rat (1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020)
- The Ox (1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021)
- The Tiger (1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022)
- The Rabbit (1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023)
- The Dragon (1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024)
- The Snake (1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025)
- The Horse (1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026)
- The Sheep (1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027)
- The Monkey (1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028)
- The Rooster (1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029)
- The Dog (1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030)
- The Pig (1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031)
Restaurants to celebrate in
If all this has got you in the mood or if you simply want to know the best place to get good Chinese food in Luxembourg, you’re in luck. City Savvy have compiled our top 5 dining recommendations to celebrate the year of the fire monkey.
So good there are two of them: Confucius and The New Confucius. They offer Chinese specialities from 4 major regions of China (Beijing, Quandong, Shanghai and Szechuan), combining the 5 different tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and spicy.
City Savvy recommends their spring rolls and the Poulet Spécial Piquant, which isn’t as spicy as it sounds and would probably be OK for young children, followed by their special egg fried rice. NB: go there on a very empty stomach because you will not want to leave anything on your plate
- Good for: a culinary tour of China!
Confucius: 24-28 av. Victor Hugo, L-1750 Limpertsberg, Luxembourg
New Confucius: 187 Rue des Aubépines, L-1145 Strassen, Luxembourg
When: Daily from 12.00 to 14.00 and 18.00 to 22.30
Contact: 26 26 26 16, email@example.com
Website and Menu
A must for those who love excellent, freshly prepared food at great prices; this family-run restaurant boasts a wonderful €11 buffet lunch from Tuesdays to Fridays. The staff are incredibly friendly and the set menus great value for money. The chef is from Hong Kong and so the Cantonese dishes are the best to go for. We recommend the 5-spice fried chicken (or frog’s legs!), but you’ll probably get them as a Chinese ‘amuse-bouche’. No website; best to call if you have a query.
- Good for: Cheap tasty food with friendly service
Where: 1, Rue Mathias Hertert, L-1729 Luxembourg
When: Open Tuesday-Friday and Sunday 12:00 to 14:30; Tuesday-Sunday 18:00-23:00 (and Mondays that fall on a holiday)
Contact: 33 18 49
A visit to Tian Tian is like being part of a family; neither romantic or plush, but wonderful home-cooked food by this husband-and-wife team. Providing authentic Mandarin and Cantonese food that is unique, full of flavour and just delicious, they will also cook off-menu if you so desire. Our top recommended dish is the out-of-this-world lemongrass chicken, but there are also Chinese mussels, blue crab, curried fish, spicy beef stew and lamb braised to perfection on their menu.
- Good for: having it your way
Where: 1, route de Kehlen, L-8235 Mamer Luxembourg
When: Open Monday to Friday, Sunday from 12:00 to 14:00; Monday, Tuesday to Sunday from 18:00 to 22:00
Contact: 26 31 06 67
Hong Kong House
If you’ve been wondering where to have dim sum, wonder no longer and wander to the Gare. You’ll find yourself dining with Chinese customers who know where to get an authentic meal in the Duchy. The dumplings are made to order by the chef and there’s a great variety, including sui mai, char sui bao and sticky rice in lotus leaves. There’s also Peking duck and a hot pot to be savoured.
- Good for: when only a dumpling will do
Further afield, but worth the drive for this unique restaurant, which offers Chinese dishes not to be found elsewhere in the Duchy. Not the cheapest of eats, but quality does have its price and in this case, the service is also wonderful – do ask the staff what they recommend and expect some great dishes served with a smile. Catering for satisfied customers since 1992.
- Good for: an established gem that’s worth the drive
Where: 29, avenue de la Gare, Petange 4734
When: Open Wednesday to Sunday from12:00 – 14:30 and 18:00 – 22:30
Contact: 50 33 79
Didn’t pick your favourite? Tell us in the comments box; we love hearing from you and you might be helping someone discover a new culinary delight!
*City Savvy Luxembourg are not responsible for any of the information provided in the horoscopes. It’s just a bit of fun!