Tuesday, February 5, 2013

2013 Chinese New Year Dinner

Feb. 9th will be CNY(Chinese New Year)eve.It's a really important day for most Chinese people. Actually I haven't had a CNY eve banquet for many years, because I love travel more than the food, so I always used the vacation to travel with my friends.My parents they didn't care that I was absent. Our family is kind of unusual in this way.

But this year we are in the UK which is a new home for both of us. I miss the CNY atmosphere from when I was a kid because CNY was really exciting. I'm returning to the tradition now I'm older. So I decided to invite all the guests from my last year supper clubs to celebrate and share the CNY tradition and food together with us.


We will have 9-10 guests who have different dietary restrictions: vegangluten freevegetarianorange allergy. It's a challenge for me.

Here is the menu we will serve:
Spinach with ginger sauce(
酱汁菠菜)
spinach
fresh ginger saucesesamesoy saucesesame oil

Hot and sour cucumber
(蓑衣黄瓜)
The shape is like a Chinese straw rain coat.

Stir fried vegetables with five spices
(炒素)
Black wood ear
shiitake mushroomlily flowertofu skincarrotsjujubepeanuts
These are traditional and very nutritious Chinese ingredients

Deep fried aubergine with vegan garlic bread crumbs
(避风塘茄子)
Hong Kong style food

Vegan Mapo Tofu
(麻婆豆腐)
Soft Tofu
shiitake mushroomcelerychillblack bean sauce

Knotted kelp salad(
凉拌海带结)
Kelp, garlic, vinegar, sugar, chili, sesame oil
Kelp includes over 70 minerals, trace elements, enzymes, iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and 21 amino acids

Slow cooked beef shin with five spice(
卤牛肉)
This cooked for several hours with many spices (more than just five), then sliced and served cold.

Yuan yang shrimp
(鸳鸯虾)
This is also called red and white shrimp, because the shrimp are cooked two different ways and placed together on the plate, separated by snow peas. It symbolizes affection and happiness, so is good for the New year.

Stewed chicken in the pot
(鸡公煲)
Simmered with bell pepper, onion, celery, seasonings, chili sauce and most importantly, beer.

Rice

Dessert:
Isfahan sorbet
Rosewater, lychee and raspberries

Are you hungry now?
 

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