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recipe roundup: chinese new year dishes

In culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, ethnic food, recipe roundup on 01.20.12 at 5:54 pm

countdown to… the year of the dragon!

with chinese new year just around the corner, i thought i’d roundup some of my fave chinese-inspired recipes for my readers celebrating this weekend. while i’m no expert at cooking authentic chinese cuisine, i like to think that these simple dishes could grace a lazy-suzy or takeout box. :) so grab your chopsticks and dig in! (ps – don’t forget your fortune cookie.)

cashew beef & veggie stirfry
chicken & chinese broccoli in black bean sauce
egg tarts

ginger shrimp & edamame noodle bowl
orange pomegranate chicken w steamed broccoli & nutted couscous

spicy beef & edamame noodle bowl
wonton dumplings (siomai)

quick poll: what is your fave chinese food?


spicy beef & edamame noodle bowl

In culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, ethnic food on 01.01.12 at 6:22 pm

lucky noodles for the new year! i’m not really superstitious, but who wouldn’t welcome a little (or a lot!) of good luck in their lives? ;)

there are all sorts of fun holiday traditions that my extended family does to symbolize good luck, health and prosperity in the new year… place a sprig of fresh grapes above every doorway to bring good wishes into your home. prepare a bowl of 13 different fresh fruits on the table — 1 fruit for every month of the year, and 1 more for a fruitful following year. put coins on each step of the stairway in your house to bring good fortune and prosperity to your family. cook a hearty noodle dish to symbolize long-life and good health for your family. so, in celebration of all things yummy and good in 2012, here’s a yumyumyummers recipe for stirfry noodles. cheers to a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

the beef:
– heat up 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil in large wok on medium heat
– add 2 sprigs of green onions (rooted stems removed, rough chop into sliced rounds)
– add 250g beef stirfry strips to wok
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– add a dash of sea salt
– season w/ chinese five-spice
– stirfry beef until partially cooked

the veggies:
in the same wok, add the following ingredients to the stirfry beef:
– 1 cup baby carrots (julienne-cut)
– 1 cup edamame beans (deshelled, pre-steamed)
– splash of water
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– drizzle 1 tbsp chili garlic sauce
– stirfry for 1-2min
– then add 2 cups organic mixed greens
– add 1 cup crimini mushrooms (sliced)
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– stirfry ingredients together in wok until well combined

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egg tarts

In baking, desserts, ethnic food, sweet treats on 12.29.11 at 3:32 pm

it sure feels great to be back in the kitchen! :)

it’s been truly wonderful spending quality time visiting family and friends during the christmas holiday season — and, of course, indulging in many a holiday feast! over the past few weeks, i’ve noshed on some pretty incredible food and also learned how to cook some family favorite dishes. there’s nothing quite like mom’s homecooking! :) here’s a recipe for one of my all-time faves, from my family’s kitchen to yours. happy holidays!

pre-heat oven to 300F

prep ingredients:
– 12 egg yolks (separate egg whites and reserve for another recipe)
– 28-30 frozen pie tart shells
– 1 can condensed milk
– 1 can evaporated milk

mix the batter:
– in a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks until smooth
– add condensed milk and evaporated milk to egg mixture and beat well

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