Sunday, February 6, 2011

Happy (Belated) Chinese New Years!

I present to you a belated and shortened guide on how to be good at being Chinese on Chinese New Years via food.

First make sure you eat some type of spring rolls because they look like gold bars. In my case I made some Lumpia Shanghai.
Dumplings are good as well as they are a symbol of wealth and prosperity.
Cook up some noodles, because noodles represent long life. Note: Do not cut your noodles as the longer the noodle, the longer your life. That's scientific fact. Pictured below are some udon noodles stir-fried with shitake mushrooms, carrots, chicken, garlic and oyster sauce. Simple but delicious.
Next, be sure to eat something that is green and leafy. I made some Chinese broccoli blanched and finished with oyster sauce and sesame oil.
Most importantly, make sure you make a fish. A whole fish with head and tail in tact so that you'll have surplus throughout the year from the head of the year to the tail of it (we're very poetic). Mom gave me an amazing recipe for tilapia. You pan fry the tilapia and then simmer it in a soy sauce, wine and sugar sauce. Sweet and delicious.

Another important note. It's important to have to have lots of leftovers on New Years Eve, so that you'll have lots left over in the new year.

Don't forget to put on your red undergarments and wear a new red shirt the next day for luck. Especially if it's the year of your zodiac. Apparently it's a bad luck year so you need to wear extra red for extra luck.

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