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Celebrate Chinese New Year with this Fortune-Filled Menu

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By: Elizabeth Winslow
Celebrate Chinese New Year with this Fortune-Filled Menu

Just around the time our last New Year's resolution bites the dust, Chinese culture gives us something to celebrate. A holiday with a lot more to it than the turning of the calendar, Chinese New Year is a time for celebrating family, delighting in good food, and ushering in good fortune, longevity, wealth and health.

According to folklore, ancient Chinese villagers frightened away evil spirits with firecrackers, dragon dances, and red paper decorations, and it worked so well that we see these in abundance each year on the holiday. Amid the noise and festivities, people take a much-needed respite from work, and elders gift their younger loved ones with red envelopes filled with cash. Families open doors and windows for an annual housecleaning with the added benefit of sweeping away ill fortune, and reunion dinners are planned around menus rich in meats, dumplings, sweets, long noodles, tangerines and Mandarin oranges.

This year, start your own tradition of celebrating Chinese New Year and ring in the Year of the Monkey on February 8 with a festive dinner featuring the flavors of Spice Islands® spices.

Get things off to a bang with spicy Chinese chicken buns, a layered Asian dip, 5 spice chicken lettuce wraps or shrimp dumplings.

A big communal hot pot is traditional and easy to assemble. Light your red lanterns and set a pot of simmering broth flavored with Spice Islands® Chinese five spice and white pepper on a portable burner in the middle of the table. Surround it with chopped vegetables, meat, seafood, noodles and tofu and let guests simmer their ingredients of choice. As the meal wraps up, get your full by sipping the now-even-more-flavorful broth.

To accompany the sharing of those special red envelopes, how about a little something sweet? Asian almond cookies are sure to bring good fortune, especially when accompanied by a fruit basket salad filled with plump tangerines and oranges.

 

 

Elizabeth Winslow is a writer, food blogger, teacher, and entrepreneur in Austin, Texas. She is a regular contributor to Edible Austin and creates compelling content for brands both large and small. She has an M.A. in Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio and teaches cooking classes with Kitchen Underground. Winslow + co.

Spice Islands® spices deliver high quality, authentic flavors from all over the world so you can put the most delicious meals on your table.

 

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