Lunar New Year
- corneygirl Jan 13, 2012 03:33 PM
Anybody planning a special meal for the lunar new year?
I'm going to make some kind of dumpling, a lettuce wrap (probably with chicken), some kind of noodle dish, and a couple veggies on the side.
Curious what others are doing!
My best friend's family makes ...
Braised Dried Oyster With Black Moss and Minced Dried Oysters with Fresh Water Chestnuts and Black Mushroom Lettuce Wraps.
I look forward to both every year.
Make or cook?
I am going to cook year cake (rice cake) and glutinous rice sesame ball (in liquid)
I've held a Chinese New Year celebration every year for the last 18 years, and no, I'm not Asian, just a huge fan of the cuisine, and I find that having a party for no reason in January is a lot of fun. It's a lot of work, but it's fun. Definitely a lettuce wrap, lettuce symbolizes money in the new year. Long beans symbolize wealth, that would be a good veggie side. I typically make spring rolls, pot stickers, shrimp toasts, beef and broccoli, "ants climbing a tree" which is glass noodles with spicy ground pork, chicken in a peanut sauce, plain white rice and fried rice, and a smallish pot of hot and sour soup if it's supposed to be quite cold,
I appreciate the humor, I'm up to my elbows in making pot sticker wrappers. I also forgot to mention two other dishes I traditionally make: Orchid's Cool Tangy Noodles, which are from the older version of "The Modern Art of Chinese Cooking" by Barbara Tropp (ed. 1982) with soy, chile oil and scallions (long noodles = long life) and Sing Chow Mai Fun (Singapore Fried Rice Noodles, thin rice noodles with fresh shrimp and curry.
Not sure what the New Years Eve menu will look like yet. Hopefully, stir-fried niangao with ji cai ("shepherd's purse") will be there. Maybe we'll contribute some kind of eggplant dish.
For regular New Years, I did make these fried wonton things (mine were vegetarian, but the original has ground pork and shrimp):
Those went over pretty well; I'm not sure if the shape is supposed to be bag shaped (see link in comments) or ingot shape, since the recipe mentioned both.
New Years Day, I will probably make this recipe:
Made it last year, and it's becoming a tradition. Something simple and filling to start off the new year. I'll probably add some (soaked) dried beancurd sticks (fu zhu) this time.