Lunar New Year is filled with many traditions, as well as superstitions. On Lunar New Year’s Eve, it is customary for families to get together for a reunion dinner; in my culture, it is also a tradition to bathe in water steeped with pomelo leaves. In Asia, many shops are closed for the first 3 to 5 days of the lunar new year. This is unheard of in North America!
As Chap Goh Meh (15th day of the Lunar New Year) approaches, it is time to wrap up the lunar new year festivities with another reunion dinner. Although I did not get to cook much while visiting home, it was good to celebrate the festivities with friends and family. It is also a good time to round-up recipes by fellow FBC members: Diversivore, InSearchofYummy-ness, Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen, and Life on Manitoulin.
From left to right, and top to bottom of the recipe round-up collage, we’ve got Life on Manitoulin‘s easy-to-make and delicious Beef & Broccoli recipe, which is awesome for lunar new year leftovers.
Diversivore tempts us with his self-acclaimed ‘sort-of’ lunar new year recipe: cold buckwheat noodles with cocktail grapefruit sauce. Noodles are auspicious regardless if it is soba — noodles signify long life and long-time wealth.
Of course, you may have seen my mother’s Nian Gao recipe. My mom tells me that it’s a good idea to put it in the freezer for 10 minutes before you plan to slice and fry it with eggs. It is auspicious to eat it for good luck and growth.
Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen tempts us with her delicious dumpling filling recipe: shrimp, lentils & turmeric dumplings. She had it steamed as well as some fried. She likes the fried version better — I would too! (Who wouldn’t?)
In Search of Yummy-ness tempts us with a recipe video of frying shrimp wontons with mushrooms on her Facebook page. She wraps her wontons money-bag style. Y’know, money-bags can be auspicious, right?
Hope you have enjoyed this round-up of delicious Lunar New Year recipes! Happy Prosperous Lunar New Year!!