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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tomorrow is Chinese New Year!

The Year of the Rabbit! I am busy today looking up recipes for chinese food. I am thinking of making some chinese dumplings by hand if I can find the wonton wrappers in the stores. Do you ever cook Chinese food? What are your favorite recipes or ingredients?

My tentative menu is:

fried rice with vegetables
chinese steamed dumplings
egg drop soup
fortune cookies

I realize this is heavily influenced by my love of take-out Chinese food, but if I can find some simple recipes for more authentic dishes, I will definitely change the menu. There was a restaurant in Orlando where I used to go with some friends and get genuine Dim Sum from the little steam carts, I would love to know how to make some steamed buns. Maybe I can find a recipe today. I think I will avoid the chicken feet though. I tried them once and they aren't my favorite part of the chicken, though I would use them in a soup stock for sure.

Anyhow, Gung Hay Fat Choy!


  1. We have a recipe that we got out of vegetarian times for seitan char siu bao. It's one of Erica's favorites, and I think she might have it bookmarked somewhere on line. The basics of it are pretty simple: make dough, kneed, let rise, break up into little balls, put down on parchment paper, squish flat, dollop of filling on top, gather up edges and make little topknot, throw in steamer or put in freezer (I recommend freezing on top of a cookie sheet and then putting in a bag so they don't stick together). The dough is pretty simple, you want something maybe just a little stretchier than bread.

  2. I will look it up! If Erica can find the link have her send it to me though. Sounds delish!

    Have you guys heard of Long Life noodles? It is a noodle dish that is traditionally served at birthdays and on New Year's I think I am going to make that. There is a super tasty sounding one that calls for reconstituted black mushrooms and spaghetti, both of which I happen to have on hand! Score!

  3. The filling is basically seitan tossed with sour cream, hoisin sauce, and hot chili paste.

    I've heard of long life noodles. Also, there's something called Jai that's a pretty big deal in Honolulu, here's an article from a couple years ago about it: http://archives.starbulletin.com/98/01/14/features/story1.html