18 Ways to Ring in the Lunar New Year ~ fun and festive authentic Asian recipes to help celebrate the Chinese New Year!
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!
FACE NUMBING SICHUAN DANDAN NOODLE from Lady & Pups
ROASTED GINGER SESAME GREEN BEANS from Foodie with Family
VEGETABLE DUMPLINGS from The Woks of Life
MISO WONTON SOUP from The View from Great Island
VIETNAMESE SHRIMP (PRAWN) NOODLE SALAD from Recipe Tin Eats
BUN BO HUE from I am a Food Blog
BLACK SESAME ICE CREAM from Sassy Kitchen
PORK BELLY BUNS (GUA BAO) from Kitchen Confidante
KUNG PAO TOFU from The View from Great Island
KOREAN FRIED SHRIMP RICE BOWLS W/KIMCHI & CRUNCHY NOODLES from Half Baked Harvest
CHINESE SOUP DUMPLINGS (PORK & CRAB) from Steamy Kitchen
MATCHA MINT CHIP ICE CREAM from The Bojon Gourmet
EGGPLANT MAPO TOFU from Hip Foodie Mom
MINI (BABY BOK CHOY) KIMCHI PANCAKES from Wild Greens and Sardines
SPICY THAI CURRY NOODLE SOUP from Hapa Nom Nom
GRILLED SHISHITO PEPPERS from The View from Great Island
SPICY THAI CHICKEN WINGS from Rasa Malaysia
MATCHA CUPCAKES from Iron Chef Shellie