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Lunar New Year 2012, COTM Edition


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Lunar New Year 2012, COTM Edition

The Dairy Queen | | Jan 20, 2012 03:53 AM

Hey, the new year is nearly upon us. Would any home cooking hounds be interested in picking a few traditional dishes of the next week or two from former COTMs, and reporting on them? Maybe report on them in the original COTM thread and then linking the posts here if you're using a COTM recipe?) It's okay if you find an awesome recipe elsewhere and report on it here, too, especially if you link to it or paraphrase it in order to inspire the rest of us.

I'm trying to figure out which dishes would be appropriate:

Per Nina Simonds:

-There may be spring rolls which symbolize bricks of gold bricks.
-Dumplings are often boiled, steamed, or pan-fried when they are said to resemble golden coins. (watch the video here: http://www.spicesoflife.com/2012/01/1...
)-Noodles symbolize and impart a wish of longevity.
-Many Chinese families prefer to serve only vegetarian dishes for New Year’s meal.
- Bowls of oranges and tangerines are put on display to be eaten and they also imply a wish for happiness and prosperity.

Per this story in the Vancouver Sun: http://www.vancouversun.com/life/food...

-crisp-skinned Peking duck wrapped with warm crepes or a crisp-skinned whole chicken (symbolizing a proper beginning and end to the year
)-a whole steamed fish (served whole, head to tail intact as it represents a favour-able beginning and end for the new year)
-Shellfish such as lobster or crab are also served as they represent the life and energy of the powerful dragon
- e-fu mein, also known as long-life noodles.
-clams or scallops, which symbolize wealth and good fortune, as these particular foods have a shape similar to that of coins.
-Roast pig signifies peace and purity
-oysters and green lettuce represent good fortune and prosperity.
-Esteemed dishes such as bird's nest or fish maw soups, usually rich with seafood, represent rarity. -Other luxury foods include squab, pea shoots, baby bok choy, shrimp, abalone and crab.
-The Buddhist vegetarian dish called "Jai" is traditionally served as well, representing purity and purification, since no fish or poultry can be killed for new year celebrations, according to Buddhist traditions.

Hmmm...it looks like the following former COTMs would be appropriate sources of recipes: Dunlop, Young, Nguyen, Pham, Solomon, Seductions of Rice, and Hot Sour Salty Sweet perhaps? http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...