Chinese New Year Menu
Gung Hay Fat Choy! Welcome to the Year of the Rabbit, a lucky sign. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are articulate, talented, virtuous, trusted, financially lucky, and have excellent taste – Rabbit foodies!
Chinese New Year is a two-week celebration of thanksgiving, reunion, sharing well wishes for luck and prosperity, and enjoying delicious, symbolic Asian dishes: chicken or fish (served whole) for abundance; noodles for long life; an assorted sweet tray representing togetherness and good fortune. Jai is another traditional vegetarian dish of good luck foods, consisting of lotus seed, ginkgo nut, black moss, bamboo shoots, spring onions and vermicelli.
They say to gain the most from the coming year, the focus should be on home, family, security, diplomacy and relationships with women and children. Make it your goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle to help you calmly deal with any problems. Wise words to live by any day of any year!
Wishing you health, prosperity, and many excellent tastes with a few of my favourite Asian-inspired dishes. Gung Hay Fat Choy from Epicure, and bon appétit!
Lettuce, or “sang choi,” is another lucky food often served during Chinese New Year – the word it is similar to the Chinese for “bringing wealth and riches.”
Get the recipe: Asian Hot and Sour Coleslaw
Stir-fries are quick, delicious, healthy and beautiful. High heat searing and steaming preserves all the flavour, texture and nutrients of fresh ingredients – an ideal dish to greet a new year, and an excellent option for weeknight meals and easy, yet impressive entertaining.
Get the recipe: Asian Chicken Stir-fry
Long, uncut noodles represent longevity – a traditional dish for both birthdays and Chinese New Year.
Get the recipe: Stir-fried Noodles with Spinach
According to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit heralds a year to catch our breath and calm our nerves. We love these cookies with a soothing cup of Epicure’s Kyoto Cherry Rose Tea.
Get the recipe: Chinese Almond Cookies