Lunar New Year Celebrations

January 20, 2012

Time to breathe fire! We're reprising last year's Lunar New Year round up (plus a few new recipes) to get you in the mood to cook and celebrate! Here are 11 recipes to ring in this ferocious Year of the Dragon -- we'd love to hear your favorites too!

Steamed Oysters with Tangerine Peel Sauce  Pork and Cilantro Dumplings


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Stewed Pork Meatballs and Escarole with Crisped Shiitakes by monkeymom

Stewed Pork Meatballs and Escarole with Crisped Shiitakes


Silken Comfort Tofu by Abra Bennett


Gong Bao Ji Ding by FrancesRenHuang



Shredded Pork and Chinese Celery Lo Mein by thirschfeld


Steamed Halibut with Fried Ginger by mtlabor

Steamed Halibut with Fried Ginger


Slow Roast Duck by merrill


Whole Baked Fish in Sea Salt by TasteFood


 Gingery Congee with Pork and Crispy Shallots by monkeymom

Gingery Congee with Pork and Crispy Shallots


Cedar Plank Grilled Loup De Mer (Sea Bass) by aargersi


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Sharon H. February 11, 2011
I'd love to share my recipe of new year's dumpling soup:!1c8N/1QcG/dumpling_soup

Happy Lunar New Year!
Thanks for all the inspiring recipes everyone.

HomegrownTomato February 7, 2011
I raise rabbits for food, and have about 5 in the freezer. Rabbit will definitely be on the menu.
Sodium G. February 4, 2011
Ahh congee is my favorite! I'l have to make that tonight!
pierino February 3, 2011
I defintely will be cooking rabbit. Sorry Hoppy.
monkeymom February 3, 2011
Ya gotta have noodles on New Years for long life and the one above by thirschfeld is perfect. Enjoy the day with your loved ones as that is also suppose to set the trend for the year. Happy Lunar New Year everyone!
SallyCan February 3, 2011
I recommend monkeymom's Stewed Pork Meatballs and Escarole with Crisped Shiitakes! We're having them tonight, and I've just posted pictures of it on my infinitesimal new blog:
monkeymom February 3, 2011
Thanks SallyCan. Your blog looks beautiful by the way! Can't wait to see more.
SallyCan February 4, 2011
Thanks monkeymom, and thanks for the noodles tip above!
sygyzy February 3, 2011
Really not a problem but a small quibble - would people start referring to it as Lunar New Year? Other cultures use the calendar as well (ie Vietnamese).
Food52 February 3, 2011
Thanks so much for your comment -- we've updated the title of the post to make it more inclusive. We'd love to learn more about how the lunar new year is celebrated in other cultures.
FrenchPressMemos February 3, 2011
@aargesi NOT wrong at all.

My though was that rabbit must be included in the menu- just to get the year off started on the right...(rabbit's) foot...(was that too much?)
Ambitious February 3, 2011
All of these look great! =) I'd especially like to try the duck.

I would love to include shrimp with mayo and candied walnuts - my fave!

Kitchen B. February 3, 2011
And I love allt he other recipes too - I want to try congee most especially.................
Kitchen B. February 3, 2011
I love the cedar planked bass.......especially having cedar planks which I've been saving. I'm so looking forward to what might be a trip to China in May.

Thanks for showcasing my dumplings too!
Table9 February 3, 2011
These are wonderful choices here...I do not know which one to experiment first.
aargersi February 3, 2011
Is it wrong to EAT rabbit in the year of the rabbit? On Easter? Insert evil laugh .....

melissav February 3, 2011
You crack me up.
hardlikearmour February 3, 2011
I was totally expecting to see at least one rabbit recipe in the mix. I guess I'm just twisted. LOVE the gumbo recipe.
monkeymom February 3, 2011
I think this should definitely be a theme...rabbit in the year of the rabbit!
Waverly February 3, 2011
Outstanding choices here. Everything looks wonderful! The cedar planked grilled loup de mer and the steamed oysters with tangerine peel sauce particularly jump out at me. Choosing is the hard part!