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Come Party With Me: Chinese New Year — Menu

There are lots of traditions to consider when planning a Chinese New Year dinner. Fish, dumplings, noodles, and greens are normally consumed because they represent a sense of togetherness, abundance, and family. Apart from the fish, this menu is vegetarian friendly. Start with vegetable dumplings with a ginger scallion dipping sauce. For the first course serve the luck bringing longevity noodles. The main course is a gorgeous whole black bass with ginger and scallions. Bok choy and broccoli, shown at left, are on the side. To take a look at these tasty recipes,


Vegetable Dumplings
From David Tamarkin

8 ounces firm tofu, cut into small cubes
1/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and finely chopped
8 scallions, white and light green parts only, finely chopped
One-quarter of a head napa cabbage, shredded and finely chopped
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
50 wonton wrappers
Scallion-Ginger Dipping Sauce, recipe below

  1. In a large bowl, combine the tofu, mushrooms, scallions, cabbage, soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat, add the vegetable mixture and cook until tender, about 5 minutes; transfer to a bowl and let cool.
  3. Brush one wonton wrapper with water and place 1 heaping teaspoon filling in the center. Fold the wrapper into a triangle, squeeze out the air and press the edges together to seal, wetting the dough if necessary to make it stick. Pinch together the two corners of the folded edge. Repeat with the remaining wrappers.
  4. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Working in batches, add the dumplings and boil until cooked through, about 3 minutes after the water returns to a boil. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain. Serve with dipping sauces.

Makes about 4 dozen.

Scallion-Ginger Sauce
From David Tamarkin

1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 finely chopped scallion
1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Stir well to combine.

Longevity Noodles
From Food and Wine

2 quarts water
5 ounces mung bean or soybean sprouts (2 cups)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 pound fresh Chinese egg noodles
1/4 cup chicken stock, vegetable stock, or canned low-sodium broth
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon light soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
1 tablespoon peanut oil
One 1/4-inch-thick slice of fresh ginger, lightly smashed
1/4 pound snow peas
3 large fresh water chestnuts, peeled and sliced 1/8 inch thick

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Put the bean sprouts in a strainer, lower it into the boiling water and blanch the bean sprouts for 10 seconds. Remove the strainer and rinse the sprouts in cold water; drain well.
  2. Add the salt to the water in the saucepan and bring it back to a boil. Add the noodles and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Drain the noodles thoroughly in a colander and rinse them in cold water; drain. Rinse again then drain, lifting them to separate and dry the strands.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the chicken stock with the soy sauce and sesame oil to make the sauce.
  4. Warm a wok over high heat for 45 seconds. Add the peanut oil and swirl to coat the wok. Stir in the ginger and cook for 10 seconds. Add the snow peas and stir-fry until bright green, about 1 minute. Add the water chestnuts and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the bean sprouts and stir-fry for 1 minute.
  5. Stir the sauce, add it to the wok and bring to a boil. Add the noodles and stir-fry until they absorb the sauce, about 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer the noodles to a platter and serve at once.

Serves 4.

Whole Black Bass with Ginger and Scallions
From Bon Appetit magazine

1 (3-lb) whole black bass or sea bass (not Chilean), cleaned, leaving head and tail intact
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 bunch scallions, white and pale green parts cut into very thin 2-inch strips and greens reserved separately
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into very thin matchsticks
3 tablespoons light soy sauce (preferably Pearl River Bridge brand)
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil
Special equipment:
a large shallow baking dish (about 15 by 10 inches) to fit inside a 17- by 12- by 2 1/2-inch roasting pan
heavy-duty foil
a well-seasoned 14-inch flat-bottomed wok

  1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400°F. Put baking dish in roasting pan.
  2. Rinse fish and pat dry, then rub inside and out with salt. Transfer to baking dish and sprinkle with scallion strips (white and pale green) and ginger.
  3. Stir together soy sauce and sugar until sugar is dissolved, then pour over fish. Add enough boiling-hot water to roasting pan to reach halfway up side of baking dish. Oil a large sheet of heavy-duty foil, then tent foil (oiled side down) over fish and tightly seal around roasting pan. Carefully transfer roasting pan to oven and bake until fish is just cooked through, 30 to 35 minutes.
  4. While fish bakes, cut enough scallion greens diagonally into very thin slices to measure 1/2 cup (reserve remainder for another use).
  5. Just before serving, remove foil from fish and sprinkle with scallion greens. Heat wok over high heat until a bead of water vaporizes instantly. Pour oil around side of wok, then tilt wok to swirl oil, coating side, and heat until smoking. Remove from heat and immediately pour oil over scallion greens and fish.

Serves 8.

Make Ahead: fish can be prepared (but not steamed) 6 hours ahead and chilled, covered.

Bok Choy with Broccoli
From Everyday Food magazine

1 pound bok choy
1 pound broccoli
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
1 to 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  1. Cut white stalks from bok choy; slice stems into 1-inch pieces. Coarsely chop green leaves.
  2. Peel stalks from broccoli; slice 1/4 inch thick. Cut florets into bite-size pieces.
  3. In a large skillet, bring 1/2 cup water to a boil. Add bok choy stalks and broccoli; cover. Simmer over medium-low heat until broccoli is bright green, 5 to 7 minutes. Uncover; cook on high heat until water evaporates, 2 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add bok choy leaves, oil, and garlic. Cook, tossing often, until garlic is fragrant, 2 minutes. Add ginger and soy sauce; stir to combine.

Serves 4-6.

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haute77 haute77 8 years
I just made the veggie dumplings this morning. I would recommend that you let the tofu strain all of its moisture before cutting it into cubes and cooking it, otherwise it is too watery. Just put the tofu on some paper towels on a cutting board or flat surface until it becomes dry. Overall, the veggie dumplings were good, but I'm so used to the way my mom makes them.
FashionKid FashionKid 8 years
that looks good.
goomstooms goomstooms 8 years
All these dishes look so great!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
i :heart: chinese food
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 8 years
Yum! I love Chinese food.
bethb216 bethb216 8 years
it all looks fantastic! I think though that I'd have to use bass fillets... the idea of it staring at me kind of freaks me out...
sophia_HL sophia_HL 8 years
wow... I can't wait to make longevity noodles :)
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
I'm a dog in the Chinese astrology - love Chinese New Year and lucky for me I have Chinese friends, so I'll definitely be indulging in all aspects of the holiday.
haute77 haute77 8 years
Wow, I love these recipes. I'm going to make them sooN!
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 8 years
mmmm, I make fish like that all the time at home! We usually use Tilapia though. it's SO easy and so good :)
totonlaura totonlaura 8 years
Bok choy with broccoli I would add some bacon..yummy!
Marci Marci 8 years
Alright, I can't deal with that bass. The whole fish freaks me out. I need to see it after it's been cut and filleted.
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 8 years
The dumplings sound fantastic. Can't wait to try them!
emalove emalove 8 years
Asian food is by far my favorite...I'm drooling over the vegetable dumplings and the bass. And I love noodles of just about any kind!
PooLovesBoo PooLovesBoo 8 years
OMG! sounds so freaking good!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Reminds me of all the things I saw at my Kam Man market last weekend, the place was packed!
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