Utah Opera’s Silk & Spices Festival, March 19 & 20

barbecue at Ho Mei BBQ
barbecue at Ho Mei BBQ

To celebrate the Utah Opera’s spring production of Turandot, they are highlighting the Chinese culture and cuisine during the Silk & Spices Festival. The opera is set in Peking so Silk & Spices highlights Utah’s growing Chinese culture— including Salt Lake’s new Chinatown on State Street near 3300 South.

For two evenings only, enjoy a special multi-course dinner just for Utah Opera goers at several local Chinese restaurants. Opera fans can enjoy an evening meal celebrating the foods from both the northern and southern region of China at a great value ($30 per person, tax and tip included) and get personal explanations and introductions to the food from the restaurants.

On Wednesday, March 19, from 5:30-7 p.m., Hong Kong Tea House will offer a traditional southern Chinese dinner featuring:

Utah Opera’s Silk & Spices
  • Fried shrimp ball
  • Peking duck
  • Black pepper beef short ribs
  • Snow pea leaves stir-fried with garlic
  • Pork tenderloin stir-fried with tender greens
  • Lotus root shrimp paste patties
  • Golden dragon chicken
  • House special pan-fried noodles
  • Dessert

The accommodating staff at Hong Kong Tea House will walk diners through each dish of the meal.

Tickets for dinner are $30 per person (meal, tax, and tip included; alcoholic beverages and opera tickets must be purchased separately).

To purchase tickets for dinner contact the USUO Ticket Office at (801) 533-NOTE.

Hong Kong Tea House, 565 W. 200 South

Ho Mei BBQ rice roll
Ho Mei BBQ rice roll

The next evening on Thursday, March 20, from 5:30-7 p.m., Ho Mei BBQ in Chinatown will introduce attendees to northern Chinese foods.

Appetizer: Half duck; half soy sauce chicken; a combination of honey BBQ pork/spareribs

Soup: Hot/sour soup; seafood tofu soup

Entree: Bei fung tong lobster; ginger onion crab; walnut shrimp; Peking rib; braised beef tenderloin in house special sauce; General Tso chicken, sizzling eggplant; sauteed mixed vegetable; spicy string bean

To purchase tickets for dinner, contact the USUO Ticket Office at (801) 533-NOTE.

Ho Mei 3370 South State Street

Read Kelli’s review of Utah Opera’s Turandot too. 



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