“A Christmas Story” Chinese dinner

The triple dog dare. The official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. Christmas dinner at Chop Suey Palace Co.

Thirty years ago, “A Christmas Story” introduced us to the world of Ralphie Parker, a 9-year-old who yearned for a BB gun for Christmas, but was continually foiled by this refrain from his parents, his teacher and even Santa: “You’ll shoot your eye out.”

This time of year, the holiday tale reassures us that family dysfunction is universal–and sometimes Christmas wishes do come true.

Fans of the quirky classic can relive the magic by catching the movie on a cable station or grabbing a Chinese Christmas dinner here locally.

Jack Mau, owner of the China Palace in Newport Beach, said Christmas Day is his busiest, drawing many who make it an annual tradition.

“That day we have a lot of long-time-no-see regulars,” he said.

Here’s a round-up of the local Chinese restaurants we found open Christmas Day.

Shanghai Pine Gardens Restaurant

300 Marine Ave., Newport Beach


Open 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Reservations encouraged

China Palace

2800 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach


Open noon to 10 p.m.

Does not accept reservations

Yung’s Restaurant

1505 Mesa Verde Drive East Ste. B, Costa Mesa


Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Reservations encouraged

Contact the writer: nshine@ocregister.com