Chinese New Year Food and Recipes

On New Year's Day, the Chinese family can have jai. Although the ingredients in jai is root or fibrous vegetables, a lot of people highlight the myths associated with them.

* Lotus seed - indicate having many male offspring
* Ginkgo nut - stands for silver ingots
* Black moss seaweed - is a representation for great wealth
* Dried bean curd is another representation for fulfillment of riches and happiness
* Bamboo shoots - is a term which sounds like "wishing that everything would be well"
* Fresh bean curd or tofu is generally avoided due to its white colour. White colour is considered inauspicious for New Year as the colour designates failure and bad luck.

Chinese New Year Menu

As attending an elaborate 12 course feast at a Chinese restaurant is a great way to have fun Chinese New Year, it's also fun to host one’s own Chinese New Years’ social gathering at home. Here are a number of menu ideas to have a good time in Chinese New Year - every menu comprises at least one recipe that is a symbol of good luck or has other lucky connotations in Chinese culture. The menus call for Chinese tea, but one may feel easy to serve alcohol as well - after all, this is a party! However one should try to be dressed in a little red - the Chinese consider red is a fortunate colour and put off evil spirits. One may also want to hang ornamental red lanterns - obtainable from Asian markets. 

Standard Menu one can have for dinner

  • Oriental Pate or Jiaozi Dumplings
  • Peking Duck
  • Mandarin Pancakes
  • Green Onion Brushes
  • Sweet and Sour Shrimp (Prawns)
  • Cold Sesame Noodles
  • Sweet Red Bean Dessert Soup
  • Chinese Tea

Besides these there is an extensive range of cakes and puddings which can be served as a dessert post dinner. 

Some Food Ideas for Chinese New Year

Here are a number of festive Chinese foods that will help make any New Year's Eve commemoration a hit, whether one is tossing a large bash or just enjoying a quiet dinner with a few close friends. Below are some recipe suggestions

Steamed Dumplings

Ingredients: 

  1. Chinese cabbage - 3 stalks. 
  2. Scallions - 2. 
  3. Soy sauce - 1 tbsp. 
  4. Salt - 1 tsp. 
  5. Cornstarch - 1 tbsp. 
  6. Pork - 1 lb., lean and grounded.
  7. Dumpling wrappings.

Instructions: 

  1. Thinly chop the Chinese cabbage and scallions. Place them in a mixing bowl. 
  2. Put in the soy sauce, salt, cornstarch, and pork. Blend well with a spoon.
  3. Put a little filling on all the wrappings. Double the wrappings into half circles. Dampen the inner edges with water. Press the wrappings together to seal. 
  4. Pour 2 quarts of water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Put in the dumplings and cover.
  5. Pour in a mug of cold water as soon as the water boils again. Do again this step two more times. Third boil and the dumplings will be done.
  6. Mix 1/4 cup soy sauce with 2 tablespoons white vinegar. Serve the steamed dumplings with this gravy. 

Left behind chicken, beef and pork can all be sautéed with mushrooms, sprouts, onion and certainly eggs! The supplementary sauce is simple and tasty.

Egg Foo Yung

PREP TIME 5 Min 
COOK TIME 25 Min 
READY IN 30 Min 
Original recipe yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients:

8 eggs, beaten
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1 cup finely cut onion
1 cup bean sprouts
1/2 cup diced fresh mushrooms
1/3 cup chopped cooked chicken breast
1/3 cup cooked and crushed ground beef
1/3 cup chopped cooked pork
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

FOO YUNG SAUCE

2 cubes chicken bouillon
1 1/2 cups hot water
1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
6 tablespoons cold water
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch 

Instructions:

  • Beat eggs in a large mixing bowl. Put in the celery, onion, bean sprouts, mushrooms, chicken, beef, pork, salt and pepper. Blend together. 
  • Warm the oil in an average sized frying pan and add brown egg mixture half cup at a time. When the entire blend is browned, put apart. 
  • To Make Sauce: melt the bouillon in the hot water in an undersized saucepan; add sugar and soy sauce and mix well over standard heat. Add cold water and cornstarch and blend until thick and smooth. Serve with Egg Foo Yung.

This dish is simple to make, and full of flavour. The chicken is incredibly tender, and the ginger, garlic and soy sauce mingle to give it its genuine taste. Decorate with chopped fresh cilantro.

PREP TIME 45 Min 
COOK TIME 30 Min 
READY IN 2 Hrs 15 Min 
SERVINGS & SCALING
Original recipe yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - slashed into thin strips
5 teaspoons white sugar, divided
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce, divided
1 1/4 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 (12 ounce) package unprepared linguine pasta
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
6 green onions, sliced diagonally into 1/2 inch pieces

Instructions:

In an average, non-reactive bowl, mix the chicken with 2 1/2 teaspoons of white sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar and 1/4 cup soy sauce. Mix this up as one and coat the chicken well. Cover and store it in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour. 

In an additional medium mixing bowl, mix the chicken broth, water, sesame oil and ground black pepper with the left over sugar, vinegar and soy sauce. In a separate small mixing bowl, melt the cornstarch with some of this combination and slowly put in to the bulk of the blend, stirring well. Set aside. 

Cook the linguine according to package instructions, drain and set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a wok or large saucepan over high heat unless it begins to smoke. Add the chicken and stir-fry for 4 to 5 minutes, or unlessbrowned. Move this and all juices to a warm plate. 

Heat up the residual vegetable oil in the wok or pan over high heat. Put in the ginger, garlic, mushrooms and green onions, and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the retained sauce mixture and then the chicken. Boil unless the sauce starts to thicken, about 2 minutes. Add the kept noodles and chuck softly, covering the whole thing well with the sauce.

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