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Chinese New Year

  • Kung Pao Chicken
    Recipe

    Kung Pao Chicken

    Sichuan peppercorns give this dish a distinct citrusy aroma and earthy flavor. In this stir-fry, I like to use Big Red Pao or Hanyuan Sichuan Pepper.

  • Chicken Daikon Soup
    Recipe

    Asian Chicken and Daikon Radish Soup

    Prized for its sweet, subtle flavor, daikon radish is popular in many Asian cuisines. Here, it adds a bit of crunch to a healthful chicken soup.

  • Menu

    Fortune Meets Flavor: A Chinese New Year Menu from Ming Tsai

    For as long as I can remember, I've been surrounded by incredible food. Raised in Dayton, Ohio, I grew up working in the restaurant my mother owned, Mandarin Kitchen.  Not…

  • Sticky Coconut Rice Cake
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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…

  • Orange-Miso Roasted Long Beans
    Recipe

    Roasted Long Beans with Orange-Miso Butter

    Orange juice, miso, and butter infuse long beans with a sweet and nutty flavor.

  • braised chicken legs
    Recipe

    Braised Chicken Legs with Black Vinegar, Ginger, and Shiitake

    The vinegar braising liquid cooks down to a mellow sweetness, bright with ginger and the woodsy umami of shiitake. This dish is perfect with jasmine rice and a glass of…