As we bid adieu to Joe’s Year of the Monkey, we welcome my grandmother’s Year of the Rooster. Although my grandmother is no longer with us, her Chinese New Year dishes live on. Since we wintered in Florida last year, we had a modest celebration by making pork dumplings. This year, we were able to celebrate with my family and recreate some of my grandmother’s beloved dishes. Although we used my parent’s kitchen, all of these dishes can be easily made in an RV kitchen.
Chinese New Year Dishes
The celebration started on New Year’s eve with too many dishes to count. The most important dishes were fish and meatballs.
Fish represents having surplus for the following year. My mom made a pan fried fish covered in a spicy black bean sauce. We had some leftovers that we enjoyed over noodles in the New Year. Oh, and noodles are important because they represent longevity.
Meatballs represents being together with loves ones. This year we made pork meatballs covered in sweet rice steamed over mushroom caps. It was such a hit, we made it again the next day and Joe even declared it his favorite dish.
On New Year’s day, the must have dish is dumplings. My mom even made wrappers from scratch so we could enjoy steamed dumplings filled with pork and cabbage. Dumplings are important because they represent wealth and prosperity.
The rest of these dishes are part of our family tradition. This is a sweet and savory braised pork belly a.k.a. five layers of happiness. Who wouldn’t want to start the year off right with a generous helping of happiness?
This plate of golden deliciousness is fried shrimp. My grandparent’s used to let me sneak one right when it came out of the wok. Since I fried these bad boys, I didn’t have to sneak one this year. Someone needs to taste test and Joe’s not always available to get the job done.
There you have it! My grandmother would have been proud of the Chinese feast we put together this year. There were many more dishes that didn’t make it into this post. It’s safe to say we recreated every one of my grandmother’s dish that we could think of.
Happy Year of the Rooster to those of you who celebrate. I wish you all happiness and good health!
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