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Ming Tsai

  • Recipe

    Homemade Dumpling Wrappers

    While chef Ming Tsai’s Pork and Scallion Pot Stickers are delicious even with store-bought wrappers, these homemade ones certainly take them to another level.

  • Sticky Coconut Rice Cake
    Recipe

    Sticky Coconut Rice “Cake” with Ginger-Orange Flambé

    A traditional Chinese New Year dessert called nian gao (or sticky cake) is a steamed rice-flour cake. In this version, I leave the rice whole and make a sticky coconut…

  • Red-Cooked Chicken
    Recipe

    Red-Roast Chicken or Duck with Sweet Potatoes

    Eating a whole chicken or duck for Chinese New Year symbolizes happiness and prosperity. The red-roast technique used here imparts a reddish-brown hue to the bird; red is the color…

  • Tea-Smoked Tempura Trout
    Recipe

    Tea-Smoked Beer-Battered Trout and Vegetables

    Fish is served for Chinese New Year because it sounds similar to the Chinese word for plenty. Fish symbolizes happiness and prosperity when eaten whole and represents abundance for the…

  • Pork and Scallion Pot Stickers
    Recipe

    Pork and Scallion Pot Stickers

    In China, pot stickers symbolize wealth, as their purse-like shape is believed to mimic gold ingots. (In some parts of China, coins are placed in the center of dumplings. Whoever…

  • Chinese Longevity Noodles
    Recipe

    Longevity Noodles

    No Chinese New Year celebration would be complete without noodles. Noodles are eaten to represent a long life and should never be cut. Mushrooms naturally grow rapidly and symbolize prosperity. Eating…

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