Monday, January 26, 2009

The Year of the Ox

It's Lunar New Year!

Also called Chinese New Year, it is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on the new year celebrations of its geographic neighbors, as well as cultures with whom the Chinese have had extensive interaction.

Even people who are not ethnically Asian enjoy this holiday. I do. I'd love to attend a full-blown Chinatown celebration, complete with parades and firecrackers!

Alas, in my little burg, no such thing can be found. Instead, I'll be having something yummy to eat, leaning on my favorite Korean dishes.

There are so many delicious Asian delicacies to enjoy this Lunar New Year. Here are some ideas:

From Cooking Korean Food with Maangchi:

- Bibimbap
- Japchae
- Mandu (dumplings)

From My Asian Kitchen:

- Braised Chicken with Ginger and Mushroom
- Jalapeno and Cilantro Philly Sushi Roll
- Pork Ribs in Ginger Soup

From Fine Furious Life:

- Corn and Crab Soup
- lots of noodle bowl inspiration at FFL's Noodle Soup Oracle

From White on Rice Couple:
- Minted Red Rice Salad with Shallot Dressing
- Grilled Pork Spring Rolls
- Asian Food & Wine Pairings

From Mrs.W's Kitchen:

- Korean Bulgogi
- Fresh Cucumber Kimchi
- Pajeon with Spicy Soy Dipping Sauce
- Pho
- Asian Noodle Salad
- Anything served with this Spicy Peanut Sauce (delicious over chicken with steamed brown rice)

Are you celebrating Lunar New Year? Tell us how in the comments below.


Michele@FineFuriousLife said...

Thanks for the linkage. (I'm a rooster, what's your "sign"?) I went to a big party with lots of different Asians and non-Asians--it wasn't planned this way, but somehow all the Asians ended up in the kitchen and all the non-Asians ended up standing around the buffet table, looking quizzically at all the strange foods they didn't recognize. It was pretty fun, though, even though I caused a small stir at one point by thinking that a crazy person had strolled in off the street (she was a good 15-20 years older than everyone else, wearing pajamas and carrying around a vodka bottle) but she turned out to be a legitimate, if extremely unpleasant, guest--ha.

Amanda said...

I can't believe I somehow missed this comment Michele--I'm so sorry!

Waaaay late, but nonetheless, it sounds like your Chinese New Year party was a hoot! My sign is the Pig.

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