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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12 Fabulous Dishes to Make for Lunar New Year
These 12 amazing Asian dishes are perfect for your Lunar New Year dinner table!
Gyoza, pork dumplings, pot stickers, what ever you call them, they’re an Asian staple made easily and deliciously at home, filled with ginger, garlic, and fragrant sesame oil then steamed and fried.
Beijing Noodles ( Zha Jiang Mian )
Treat yourself to a heaping serving of these finger-lickin’ good Chinese Fried Noodles (Zha Jiang Mian) with minced pork, sweet and salty black bean sauce and fresh vegetables!
Smoky Pork Wontons
These smoky pork wontons are amazingly simple and delicious.
Nastar (Pineapple Cookies)
Yummy melt-in-your-mouth pineapple tarts with easy to shaped dough, won't expand during baking and filled with pineapple jam bursting with cinnamon and cloves.
Shrimp and Mushroom Shumai
Shrimp and Mushroom Shumai is a traditional Chinese dumpling and are essential part of dim sum.
Har Gow (Chinese Prawn Dumplings)
Har Gow are the white skinned prawn dumplings that are my personal highlight on any dim sum platter. They are surprisingly easy, fun to make and much cheaper than buying them ready prepared.
Twice Cooked Pork
Twice cooked pork is made with tender pieces of rich pork belly stir fried with vegetables in a spicy, savory sauce of chilies, soy sauce and Chinese rice wine. Served with steamed rice, this pork dish is filled with so much spice and flavor!
Hup Toh Soh Chinese Walnut Cookies
Greet Chinese New Year with homemade hup toh soh (Chinese walnut cookies); my recipe uses walnut and sesame seed for extra nuttiness.
Xiao Long Bao (Chinese Soup Dumplings)
Xiao Long Bao (小笼包) are delicate little soup dumplings from Shanghai. Enclosed in the thin, soft wrapper is a flavorful soup and rich pork filling.
Singapore Hot Pot
Singapore Hot Pot is loaded with fresh vegetables, shirataki noodles and tofu. Add condiments to your bowl to make it spicy, sweet, or salty to your taste.
Chinese Oven Steamed Fish
Steamed whole fish is a classic Chinese way to prepare it. But don’t worry about not having a large steamer, you can make this delicious Chinese oven steamed fish with plain old foil. The result is wonderfully tender fish perfect any time.
Homemade Egg Roll Recipe
This egg roll recipe is quick and easy with my shortcut tips for making the perfect egg rolls!
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.
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