We’re sharing some delicious Lunar New Year recipes because, today, millions of people around the world are celebrating the start of the Lunar New Year. While some of us are ordering from Chinese bakeries around the country that make the best Lunar New Year Treats, others of us are cooking some family favorite recipes, or trying our hand at new ones.
As for me, my family was pretty impressed with a Chinese food menu that I made last week, sourced from The Woks of Life. So much so, that I decided to dive in again this coming week, with Lunar New Year recipes recommended by Kristina Cho of Eat Cho Food. an amazing Cantonese food blogger I discovered while researching dishes to celebrate the Lunar New Year a while back.
Top Image: Kristina’s Chicken Sausage Steamed Buns
A little about Kristina Cho: A Wonderful Resource for Lunar New Year Recipes
Kristina Cho is a cookbook author, recipe developer, food stylist, and the photographer behind Eat Cho Food. She grew up in her family’s Chinese/Cantonese restaurant and that authenticity is found in all of her recipes—none of which are too complicated for home chefs like me who did not grow up anywhere near a Chinese kitchen.
Kristina has an entire post on her site featuring her 25 top recipes to make for the Lunar New Year. Here, I’m sharing 5 that I’m hoping to try with my family this coming week. Take some time to actually read her stories before her recipes, as she shares a lot of information about her life and the Chinese culture, which is so important given the past several years.
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Favorite Authentic Lunar New Year Recipes from Eat Cho Food
Say hello to the Chicken Sausage Steamed Buns of my dreams! Think pigs in a blanket, but upgraded for a wonderful Lunar New Year recipe, all fluffy and deliciously warm. They’re wonderful! In fact, this recipe alone order this bamboo steamer that I’ve wanted for ages!
My kids love scallops, and I love miso, so this recipe for Miso Butter Scallops with Bok Choy seems like a perfect recipe to try. I love that she says that “seared scallops resemble gold coins, so they are extra lucky to eat to ensure a prosperous year ahead!” I can get behind this.
I love that this recipe for Hoisin Chicken is a quick and easy Lunar New Year recipe to make even during a busy week. She says if you work fast, it can come together in about 30 minutes, so plan on 45. One thing I learned from reading about this recipe is that cornstarch is a key ingredient in this dish because it actually tenderizes your meat. And besides just making the sauce thick, it makes it shiny too!
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I may need to put this recipe for Cho Momma’s Won Ton Soup on repeat in our lives well after the Lunar New Year. A huge bowl of comforting won ton soup might just cure all of the things that ail us. Dumplings are also a symbol of fortune and wealth, so eating them once a week doesn’t sound like a bad idea.
During Chinese New Year, a lot of the food that is prepared and eaten is meant to symbolize something good for the new year. Oranges are a symbol of good luck, and not only are they often used as decorations, but in desserts in well, like Kristina’s Mini Almond and Satsuma Orange Cake. Isn’t it just lovely? It’s made with baking ingredients you probably already have on hand, plus the juice and zest from 1 small satsuma orange — pick one up if your local grocery carries them, or order yourself a few pounds of them from Harry & David. No doubt you’ll make good use of them all month!
(And while looking for a similar cake stand, I came across this white Dover cake stand at Crate & Barrel which also looks pretty gorgeous with an orange cake on top. Should you need one too.)
Happy Lunar New Year to you all!
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