Most of the world celebrated New Year on January 1st, but Asian communities are now getting their opportunity to do so with Lunar New Year. January 22 marks the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit, and not only is it a time for family and friends, it is also a chance to indulge in delicious food!
Whole Fish with Ginger and Scallion Oil
It is common to eat a whole fish at new year because the Chinese word for fish (yu) sounds similar to that for “abundance”. While catfish is the most traditional, the dish can also be made using sea bass or carp. Steam the fish and drizzle it with hot oil made with ginger, scallions, coriander, and soy sauce.
Not only are dumplings delicious, but they also represent wealth and longevity, making them an important food for this time of the year. Fill your dumplings with anything from pork to chicken, prawn, mushrooms, scallions, and cabbage. Then, steam or fry.
As the name suggests, these noodles, known as Yi Mein, symbolize longevity. According to Chinese tradition, the longer the noodle, the luckier you’ll be, with some measuring as long as two feet! Stir-fry the noodles with chicken, mushrooms, green beans, and ginger.