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Omnivore - Pyng Ho announces its 29th Chinese New Year menu

An Atlanta tradition that offers a not-so-exotic dinner

Pyng Ho (1357 Clairmont Rd., 404-634-4477) has announced its 29th annual Chinese New Year menu, available Jan. 28-Feb. 1. Cost of the four-course meal is $46.68 per person.

Dinner begins with a traditional soup of shrimp, fish, scallops, calamari and vegetables. Appetizers include a crab cake, grilled teriyaki chicken and a romaine salad with miso-garlic dressing.

Seven entrees are available. Among them are sliced lamb with Szechuan peppercorns, prawns and sea scallops with caviar sauce, half a roasted duck and a "super deluxe seafood roll with tofu skin."

Dessert is mandarin sorbet with "flaming Kahlua."

Although it's been years since I dined at Pyng Ho, this was certainly an entertaining experience in the past. The food, obviously, is not as exotic as you'll find on Buford Highway. Then again, I've sampled some Chinese New Year menus at which even my exotic-loving palate balked.

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