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Chinese New Year's Meal for Kids

rockycat | Jan 23, 2010 01:03 PM

With quite a bit of trepidation I've volunteered to organize the cooking and serving of a Chinese New Year's lunch for a group of about 28 first through third graders. The idea is that they will take an active part in the preparation. I'm expecting the help of at least one other adult and I believe the children will be broken down into groups and will rotate through the kitchen, each group working on a different course.

So far, here is my proposed menu:
Long Noodles
Gai larn or long beans
Dumplings
Nian Gao
Tangerines

I'm not sure how to sauce the noodles but I expect the kids could make the sauce. The greens they can prep and dress. The dumplings will be bought frozen but the kids can make the dipping sauce. I have a good recipe for nian gao that I've already made with children so I know that will work. There are peanut allergies in the class (but no other allergies) and the kids are fairly mulit-culti. I have access to an excellent Asian market.

Does anyone have any comments or suggestions for me? A recipe for a good noodle dish would be welcomed, as would any revisions to the menu. It seems a little starch-heavy to me but I'm trying to focus on things the kids can prepare with minimal adult help.

TIA

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