18 Ways to Ring in the Lunar New Year!

18 Ways to Ring in the Year of the Monkey
18 mouthwatering Asian dishes from around the web to help you ring in the Lunar New Year in delicious style!

18 Ways to Ring in the Lunar New Year was put together by Hayley, a new contributor here at TVFGI. Hayley will be stopping by now and then to bring us mouth watering round ups.

Hello everybody, this is Hayley.  Since the Chinese New Year is coming up in a few weeks we thought it would be fun to share a collection of Asian recipes from some of our favorite bloggers.

My first introduction to Asian food was in a little restaurant called China Pearl Cafe — I can clearly remember the paper place mats with the signs of the Chinese zodiac printed on them, and how my birthday fell on the year of the tiger.  I remember egg rolls and egg drop soup, and devouring bowls of irresistible fried wonton strips…my sister and I always ordered the Chicken Lo Mein.  I also remember being transfixed by the restaurant’s collection of framed moving picture art mounted on the walls (think tranquil cascading waterfalls.)  The place has long since shuttered, and my palate has matured well beyond those greasy Lo Mein noodles, but my passion for Asian cuisine lives on!

So let’s get right to it — from dumplings and soups to noodles and buns, these dishes are vibrant, bold, and full of nuanced flavors. Grab your soup spoons and your chopsticks and enjoy!

 

18 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey - spicy sichuan dandan noodle

FACE NUMBING SICHUAN DANDAN NOODLE from Lady & Pups

18 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey - roasted ginger sesame green beans

ROASTED GINGER SESAME GREEN BEANS from Foodie with Family

18 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey - vegetable dumplings

VEGETABLE DUMPLINGS from The Woks of Life

18 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey - miso wonton soup

MISO WONTON SOUP from The View from Great Island

18 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey - vietnamese shrimp (prawn) noodle salad

 VIETNAMESE SHRIMP (PRAWN) NOODLE SALAD from Recipe Tin Eats

18 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey - bun bo hue

BUN BO HUE from I am a Food Blog

18 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey - black sesame ice cream

BLACK SESAME ICE CREAM from Sassy Kitchen

18 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey - pork belly buns (gua bao)

PORK BELLY BUNS (GUA BAO) from Kitchen Confidante

18 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey - kung pao tofu

KUNG PAO TOFU from The View from Great Island

18 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey - korean style fried shrimp rice bowls with kimchi & crunchy noodles

KOREAN FRIED SHRIMP RICE BOWLS W/KIMCHI & CRUNCHY NOODLES from Half Baked Harvest

18 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey - chinese soup dumplings (pork & crab)

CHINESE SOUP DUMPLINGS (PORK & CRAB) from Steamy Kitchen

18 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey - matcha mint chip ice cream

MATCHA MINT CHIP ICE CREAM from The Bojon Gourmet

18 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey - eggplant mapo tofu

EGGPLANT MAPO TOFU from Hip Foodie Mom

18 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey - mini (baby bok choy) kimchi pancakes

MINI (BABY BOK CHOY) KIMCHI PANCAKES from Wild Greens and Sardines

18 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey - spicy thai curry noodle soup

SPICY THAI CURRY NOODLE SOUP from Hapa Nom Nom

18 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey - grilled shishito peppers

GRILLED SHISHITO PEPPERS from The View from Great Island

18 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey - spicy thai chicken wings

SPICY THAI CHICKEN WINGS from Rasa Malaysia

18 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey - matcha cupcakes

MATCHA CUPCAKES from Iron Chef Shellie

 

This recipe round-up was curated by The View from Great Island contributor Hayley Putnam. Follow her on Pinterest and Instagram.

34 Comments

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    Neli @ Delicious Meets Healthy
    January 26, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    This is such a gorgeous recipe roundup! love all the recipes you have here! thumbs up!

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      Sue
      January 26, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks Neli.

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    audrey @ unconventional baker
    January 24, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Hmm… thanks for letting me know it’s the year of the monkey — totally oblivious over here :)

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    Kristen @ The Endless Meal
    January 24, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I can’t tell you how much I love this post. All the food looks crazy delicious!

    Since discovering them last year, shishito peppers have become my all-time favourite. Love the black sesame seeds you’ve sprinkled on top of yours!

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    Susan
    January 24, 2016 at 11:48 am

    What a great collection of recipes. I’ll have one of each, Hayley :)

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    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog
    January 23, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Wow, all these recipes look absolutely incredible. I definitely need to make more Asian food, and I am going to come back to this list!

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    Donna
    January 23, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Oh wow, I love this round up! Everything looks simply delicious – pinning for later!

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    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    January 23, 2016 at 5:47 am

    Wow, Sue, what a beautiful collection. I have to start cooking more Chinese recipes. Every time I do, I’m reminded how much I love the cuisine! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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      Sue
      January 23, 2016 at 9:15 am

      I’m the same way, Robyn, it can be a little daunting with all the unusual ingredients, but once you have them in your pantry it’s such fun.

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    Mahy
    January 22, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    WOW such a fabulous collection!

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    Mark, CompassandFork
    January 22, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    That’s a really good collection of Asian meals there. I like the range of options presented and the different cultures. All good photos too.

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      Sue
      January 22, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks Mark!

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    Molly Kumar
    January 22, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    WoW, they all look so amazing that its hard to pick ‘Which one to try first’ and the Matcha cupcakes looks adorable.

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      Sue
      January 22, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      thanks Molly, and I agree about those cupcakes…love the color.

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    Kathleen | Hapa Nom Nom
    January 22, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    What a fantastic round-up! Thank you so much for including my Spicy Thai Curry Noodle Soup among such wonderful dishes and bloggers!

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      Sue
      January 22, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks for sharing it with us Kathleen <3

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    Linda
    January 22, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks for including me in your recipe round-up. So many great looking dishes!

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      Sue
      January 22, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      Your kimchi pancakes are awesome Linda :)

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    Diane {Created by Diane}
    January 22, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    What a gorgeous and delicious way to ring in the new year, these recipes look fabulous!

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      Sue
      January 22, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      I want to eat my way through the whole post ;)

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    yummy mummy kitchen
    January 22, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    What a great round up! I”m craving that shrimp and noodle dish!

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      Sue
      January 22, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks Marina!

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    Norma
    January 22, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Makes me want to get cooking!! Can’t wait to get tasting! Thankyou for the inspiration.

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    Adri
    January 22, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    What a terrific collection of recipes, and what a gorgeous photo gallery!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    January 22, 2016 at 11:33 am

    wow I love EVERY single one in this roundup! They all look very delicious and tempting, Sue.

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      Sue
      January 24, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Thanks Angie, we’re glad to hear that! :)

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    Monique
    January 22, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Everything looks aboslutely delicious!
    Everything..Sue..did you know that your Avatar..at least I think that’s what they are called is an exclamation mark in a triangle?
    Shouldn’t you happy lovely face be there? Like here on your profile pic?

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      Sue
      January 22, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Oh gosh, yes! I’ll have to check out which one your blog uses, and update, thanks Monique!

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        Monique
        January 22, 2016 at 1:36 pm

        It’s just a shame to not see you:)

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          Sue
          January 22, 2016 at 2:35 pm

          Did it, thanks!!

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom
    January 22, 2016 at 5:58 am

    I love this round-up!!! thnak you so much for including my eggplant mapo tofu! I have to try the KOREAN FRIED SHRIMP RICE BOWLS W/KIMCHI & CRUNCHY NOODLES!!! WOW!!!

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      Sue
      January 22, 2016 at 8:52 am

      I love the excuse to bone up on my Asian cooking skills, I want to try all of these :) Thanks for letting us share your wonderful dish, Alice.

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    Chris Scheuer
    January 22, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Hello Haley! What a mouthwatering collection of amazing recipes!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    January 22, 2016 at 4:23 am

    These look like wonderful recipes! Thanks Hayley!

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