For Lunar New Year, this list of 12 Asian dishes are fantastic for your dinner table. Dumplings, noodles, dim sum, hot pot, and more for you to try this year!
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I spent my adolescence in South Florida, which many people don't know has a large Asian community; so growing up I ended up celebrating Lunar New Year with friends and their families (this is how I ended up learning how to make pork dumplings).
If you're not living in an area with Asian markets or have ingredients easily found in your grocery store, I'll make sure to add links to my favorite ingredients that are must-haves when it comes to whipping up some good Asian food.
So make and eat some dumpling babies and happily bring in the lunar new year.
Items You May Need
To make xiao long bao and other dumplings, a bamboo steamer is a must!
Noodles are a seriously traditional part of the New Year. They symbolize longevity so they're considered lucky!
Shaoxing wine? A must in SO many dishes! This is an ancient rice wine that's used in many marinades and meat dishes.
I use sesame oil for so many things: frying vegetables, meats, dumplings, tossing noodles, as part of a dipping sauce, it's so versatile. And the flavor is amazing, you'll want to use it in everything.
Fish. Sauce. I can't tell you how useful this is. Fish sauce has all the umami flavor you'll ever need for anything and you only need a few drops. Any time you taste a savory dish from any culture, like beef stew for example, and you're like "Hmm, this needs something." add fish sauce. Taste the difference. You're welcome.
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Eden Westbrook is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind Sweet Tea and Thyme. A classically trained chef, Eden has inspired home cooks into the kitchen with cultural comfort foods, easy family-friendly eats and sweets, and glorious spreads for date night and entertaining since 2015.