While much of the festivities are celebrated with friends, the eve of the Lunar New Year always involves a dinner at home with family. We enjoy a range of dishes — everything from goat to shrimp — that come from both the land and the sea. Every holiday, my mother makes this dish, which only takes a few minutes to prepare. Served with their shells still on, the shrimp are coated in a quick fragrant sauce.
February marks both the Lunar New Year and National Hot Breakfast Month, and we've offered up warm and comforting recipes to get your day started. But it'd be impossible to ignore what is arguably the best hot breakfast of all: the tradition of Chinese dim sum. Dim sum (which technically translates to "point of the heart") can be a disorienting ritual: unrecognizable food being wheeled around in carts, waiters who only speak Cantonese, and an endless number of dumplings and buns.
We're here to save you from the confusion of the process, as we present to you our ultimate field guide on the subject. We promise, you'll never be scared to order dim sum again!
If we thought January was busy, it's because we had no 2013 frame of reference: with the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras, Valentine's Day, Chinese New Year, and our favorite award show, the Oscars, February is going to be action-packed. Thankfully, we've got a few new obsessions to keep us fueled through the month! From Chinese cooking tools to New Orleans desserts, see what we're crushing on right now.
Lunar New Year celebrations usher in the Year of the Snake and, with them, a buffet-full of culinary delights. If you've been lucky enough to partake in a traditional Chinese New Year feast, you also may have learned the significance behind each dish. Otherwise, here's a look at common Chinese foods eaten during the New Year and what they represent.
"A wok is essential to Chinese cooking," said Ching-He Huang, host of the Cooking Channel's brand-new Easy Chinese: San Francisco. But, she warned me, it's just as important to find the right version for you, as there are many different selections on the market. Here's what to look for.
Happy Year of the Dragon! Today, the Year of the Rabbit comes to a close, as the Year of the Dragon roars in. According to Chinese culture, the dragon — representing power and strength — is the most powerful animal in the Chinese zodiac. Lunar New Year is a holiday full of symbolism, stories, and fun ways to teach tots about another cultural celebration. Click through for festive craft ideas that will get tots in a dragon state of mind.
Happy New Year! On the lunar calendar, today is the first day of the year 4709 and the start of Spring. The day also signifies the beginning of the Year of the Dragon, one of 12 animal symbols designated to each consecutive year. It's said that each person assumes characteristics of the animal from the year in which he or she is born, so we've rounded up the major traits of each Chinese zodiac creature. Maybe you'll learn a little more about yourself on this day of reflection and celebration!
Celebrate Chinese New Year by eating in! Though Asian takeout has become a beloved staple in many households, it's fun to get the whole family cooking a different cuisine. With Lunar New Year celebrations kicking off tomorrow, we asked kiddie chef extraordinaire Catherine McCord, founder of Weelicious and mother of two, to share some of her healthful recipes fit for a year of the dragon fete. Check out Catherine's five options that you can serve up on a plate or in a box, but don't forget the chopsticks!