If January 1st doesn’t turn out like the annual reset you expected, you can celebrate now by cooking for New Year, falls on the first full moon after the winter solstice. For this year of the Tiger, it’s February 1, and the inauguration party begins the night before. In China and other Asian countries recognize public holidays, such as Singapore, Vietnam and Korea, the festival can last for two weeks, and the foods often symbolize the promise of a better year to come. But the immediate reward is something delicious to eat, whether you’re preparing a party or just a treat.
A highlight of restaurant parties, this dish can also be made at home, especially with the streamlined technique from Kay Chun. It retains the tradition of serving whole poultry to signal abundance. But it also tastes more special than chicken and is like a celebration in both cooking and serving.
Long noodles symbolize long life and there are countless variations to the holiday dish beyond classic Cantonese longevity noodles. This Singapore version, topped with egg ribbons and deep-fried chives, comes from Sharon Wee, author of “Growing Up in a Nonya Kitchen”. She suggested topping it with seasoning sambal belacan, a kind of hot sauce with salty salty sauce with shrimp paste.
Cooking recipe: Nonya Hokkien Fried Noodles
For Vietnam’s Lunar New Year, cookbook author Andrea Nguyen often makes this holiday classic. The rich combination of pork and eggs creates a savory flavor from the fish sauce and a hint of sweetness from the coconut water and caramel, while providing an appealing bitter taste. Ms. Nguyen serves the dish on rice and with pickled bean sprouts salad to provide a refreshing contrast.
Cooking recipe: Kho Trung Pork (Pork and egg with caramel sauce)
The soft texture and round shape of these Chinese New Year dessert dumplings symbolize family unity, and thus promise unity in the new year. With the soft chew of a marshmallow and a nougat-like sesame filling, these balls are served in a sweet ginger soup. They are easy to form and freeze well, so you can prepare a large batch right away and eat them throughout the holiday season.
Korean New Year, Seollal, is celebrated with tteok mandu guk, a steamed soup with glutinous rice cakes, that one must eat so that they can See you on their next birthday. Mandu, dumplings, aren’t necessary, but they taste good in the broth, especially when made from scratch according to this recipe by Julya Shin and Steve Joo.
Cooking recipe: Mandu
In the Philippines, longevity noodles come in many forms, and this dish is one of the most abundant. Shredded chicken is simmered in a fragrant sauce to thicken, and shrimp are plump on top of the noodles, along with hard-boiled eggs and crispy chicharron, according to this recipe by chef Angela Dimayuga.
Cooking recipe: Pancit Palabok (Rice noodles with shredded chicken and shrimp)
The Chinese word for fish sounds like the word for abundance, so a whole steamed fish symbolizes good fortune for the coming year. You can prepare an elaborate version or simpler than this by David Tanis.
Nuts and marshmallows are presented and shared during the Lunar New Year season. They are easy to buy online or in Asian markets, but they are even easier to make at home with this candy recipe by Andrea Nguyen.
Cooking recipe: Lac Vung Glue (Peanut and Sesame Candy)
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/27/dining/lunar-new-year-foods-recipes.html 8 Recipes for Chinese New Year to have lucky times coming