Chinese New Year – The Year of the Rat – Round-Up
Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy New Year!
Welcome to the year 4706, or the year of the rat!
When I invited you for a foodie blog celebration of the lunar New Year according to the Chinese calendar, I had no idea so many people would participate, I know hardly where to begin thanks to you all!
Let’s start with a truly multicultural couple from Indonesia and Arabia, both of them students in Northern Germany, writing a wonderful blog by the very appropriate name Food is Love.
The Kue Lapis,a traditional steamed cake, is very eye-catching!
I love the pandan flavored desserts of SE Asia, so this is for sure a keeper recipe.
(And I’ve learned about an Indonesian food blogger from Hamburg, too – how fascinating!)
While you prepare for more recipes to come, you might want to stop by at Jaden’s Steamy Kitchen. She didn’t write her article on Chinese New Year Food Superstitions explicitly for this event, but it is a terrific read.
Next in line is nasebaer, who serves juicy, intensely flavored red-braised pork belly, a Chinese classic (sorry, German only, but the English recipe can be found in Molly Stevens: All About Braising).
And because no festive meal would be complete without a dessert, she also adds beautiful Half Moon Banana Cakes.
Two for me, please!
Dolce offers juicy and delicious Panda Express Orange Chicken. Although this is probably not considered traditional fare for the Chinese New Year, I think no one will complain about a good luck charm in form of an Americanized chicken dish which is so tasty!
While Dolce posts in German, the recipe can be found at Recipezaar in English.
My own entry for this event is a dish of green beans and mince pork, Sichuan Stir Fried Beans.
This would have been a lot better with yardlong beans, though…
But wait, there’s more Polish for you, and I really wished I would understand a single word. Andrzej from Kuchnia Ireny i Andrzeja has cooked a total of five lovely dishes for this event! Fortunately, he has provided me with recipe titles and there is a link to the English recipes in each post.
I am flabbergasted! 🙂
Don’t skip it – the full-moon shaped treats are gluten-free and wheat-free and made with rice flour, and look plain gorgeous!
The recipe (German only) sounds absolutely delicious!
I couldn’t stop eating, these are one of my favorite foods!
I’ll have to make this soon in my kitchen, sounds and looks delicious!
She chose this dish because the year of the rat is the start of the 12-year astrological cycle, and symbolizes new beginnings, reformation and spring, so a spring dish is more than appropriate.
Zorra at Kochtopf makes use of her wok, which seems to get a little rusty (figuratively speaking), because Zorras SO isn’t too keen on Chinese food. I think he misses a lot, or would you decline an offer of this Beef with Cashew and Broccoli ?
I wouldn’t 🙂
With delicious foods like this galore, may you all have a happy, prosperous and healthy New Year!