Sunday, February 6, 2011

Chinese New Year

Xin Nian Kuai Le
Happy Chinese New Year

This is the Year of the Hare - or as Emi calls it: Happy Chinese Bunny Year!

Since the first day was the day after Emi's birthday, we decided to do our celebrating this weekend. We never did get to putting out decorations, but that's okay, what's important is family and spending time together as one. We had such fun making our meal, and it's a memory I will cherish.

Jeff did the fish (turned out amazing), I tossed long, curly (for Emi) noodles into a pot, and Emi and I made the dumplings - both pork AND chocolate! (Any guesses as to Emi's fav?) Egg rolls were planned, but we decided we had more than enough food, especially because Emi thought she also needed peas - so those are on hold. We couldn't find good (or even so-so) wrappers anyway, so while Emi is in school on Tuesday I will zip over to the (tiny) Asian grocery store and pick up the GOOD ones! We think homemade egg rolls for dinner on Tuesday sounds wonderful. I might even pick up more fish!

We had our dinner, a few fireworks (luckily legal year 'round in SC) and Emi received her red envelope containing new dollar bills and chocolate coins. Needless to say, the coins were the big hit. A very nice celebration, and yet another solid start to a new tradition to our household.

Here is a link to our menu (with recipes): Chinese New Year

And now, photos!

Pork Dumplings:

Chocolate Won Tons:



These were fun, pretty easy and worth EVERY moment of prep.
We all liked them, which is unusual for us.

For those interested, here is Wikipedia's take on Chinese New Year.


a Tonggu Momma said...

Oohh... do you have the recipe for those chocolate wontons? Because I think a certain little someone here would like them, too.

Aunt LoLo said...

Love it!!!!

San Lin Faai Lohk to all of you. (That's Cantonese for Happy New Year. ;-))

Wendy said...

She is such a cutie!