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Chinese New Year

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Recipe

    Egg Drop Soup with Crab, Baby Corn, and Peas

    This Chinese restaurant mainstay becomes a light and lovely supper with the addition of crab, baby corn, and peas.

  • Recipe

    Chicken, Shiitake, and Watercress Stir-Fry

    This stir-fry gets deep complexity from Chinese fermented chile-bean sauce, also called toban djan, which can be found in the Asian section of well-stocked supermarkets. The dish comes together in…

  • Recipe

    Dim Sum Shrimp and Pork Meatballs with Sesame-Ginger Sauce

    These meatballs echo the juicy filling in dim sum dumplings. Fattier ground pork will make for more tender meatballs, so ask your butcher to grind it fresh from the shoulder.…

  • Recipe

    Chinese Five-Spice Popcorn

    For something so simple, this packs a huge flavor punch, thanks to the heady aroma of five-spice powder. Though good with store-bought five-spice powder, it’s even better with a homemade…

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