Our Place’s Lunar New Year Collection Reminds Me of the Joy I Felt Growing Up

published Jan 18, 2023
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Our Place Year of the Rabbit collection of Firecracker (red) pots and pans
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While my Japanese American family celebrated the New Year on January first, I had a pretty multicultural upbringing, thanks to my Hawaii-born dad. During Lunar New Year celebrations, which usually happen between January and February, I was still the lucky recipient of red envelopes and cheerful greetings from friends and family of “gong hei fat choy.” The latest collection from Our Place reminds me of that joy I felt when I was growing up.

To help usher in Lunar New Year, which officially starts on January 22 this year, editor-favorite brand Our Place has dropped its Year of the Rabbit collection, part of its Traditionware line. The collection includes its best-selling Always Pan and Perfect Pot in a limited-edition vibrant scarlet. Aptly dubbed Firecracker, the crimson color is designed to “bring joy, good fortune, and help make sparks fly in the kitchen.” The collection also includes a steamer basket paired with cooking chopsticks, and is rounded out with a beautiful rice bowl, chopsticks, and chopstick rest set for four.

Here’s a look at the entire Year of the Rabbit collection.

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The dusky pink rice bowl set features a Year of the Rabbit pattern designed by artist Vanilla Chi. Born in the Year of the Rabbit myself, I would have loved the rice bowl set as a kid, but I'm just as enamored of the charming flora and fauna design today. The high-fire stoneware bowls are hand-glazed, meaning no two bowls are exactly the same. The red chopstick rests provide a dedicated home for the bamboo chopsticks wrapped in a pink-and-red gradient decal. The bowls are small but deep, allowing plenty of room for rice, soup, or salad, while still being small enough to comfortably hold in your hand while eating.

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The bold red Always Pan can certainly be used year-round, but the color is an unmistakable nod to Lunar New Year festivities. The deep pan and its tight-fitting lid is perfect for simmering braised meats and tofu. And the nonstick surface is exactly what you need when steaming and pan-frying potstickers.

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Bust out the Perfect Pot for soups, stews, and stocks. At 5.5 quarts, it’s large enough to feed the family, and beautiful enough to serve from right at the table. The Firecracker shade of the Always Pan and Perfect Pot are limited-edition colors — be sure to grab one while you still can. Its cheery red color will be a reminder of celebratory times the rest of the year every time you pull it out to make dinner.

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The steamer basket is designed to fit perfectly on top of either the Always Pan or Perfect Pot. Whether you’re steaming celebratory fish for Lunar New Year or just frozen dumplings on a Tuesday, it’s the perfect accessory to round out your cookware. The extra-long chopsticks help keep your hands safely out of the billowing steam, while the basket can also serve as a simple centerpiece — fill it with tangerines, kumquats, pomelos, or a mix of whatever you can find. The natural wood is beautiful, and the open bottom provides good airflow to help prevent the fruit from spoiling too quickly.