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Celebrate: Recipes for Chinese New Year

78 Recipes
Celebrate: Recipes for Chinese New Year

Vegetarian Hunan-style tofu

Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yields Serves 2 as a main dish, 4 as part of a multi-dish meal

Chi Dynasty's Chinese chicken salad

Time 40 minutes
Yields Serves 4 to 6

Chile-hot bright green soybeans with garlic

Time 15 minutes
Yields Serves 8 as an appetizer or side dish

Tofu batons with hot sesame dressing

Time 55 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Steamed fish with pea shoots

Time 25 minutes
Yields Serves 2 to 4

Ru yi cai ("As you wish" vegetables)

Time 50 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Stir-fried baby bok choy

Time 10 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Scrambled eggs with garlic chives

Time 8 minutes
Yields Serves 2

Won ton

Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields Makes about 36 won tons

Vinegar dip

Time 3 minutes
Yields Makes 1/2 cup

Steamed fish (Jing yue)

Time 50 minutes
Yields Serves 4 to 6

Scallion oil (Chung yau)

Time 25 minutes
Yields Makes 1 1/4 cups

Cold chicken slices with sesame and Sichuan pepper

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 2 to 4

Dried oyster lettuce cups

Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Shrimp artichoke lettuce cups

Time 45 minutes
Yields Serves 4 as an appetizer

Sugar snap peas steamed in lettuce leaves

Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 6

Chicken, peanut and noodle wraps

Time 40 minutes
Yields Serves 8 as an appetizer

Grilled scallops with braised romaine

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 4 as an appetizer

One-pot shrimp steamer

Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 2

Hoisin-marinated steak in spring onion pancakes

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Thai-style broccoli with garlic

Time 15 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Steamed bok choy with Thai sauce

Time Active work time: 10 minutes Total preparation time: 20 minutes
Yields Serves 2

Honey barbecued pork

Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields Serves 6 to 8

'Pile of Gold' tofu stuffed with shrimp

Time 1 hour
Yields Makes 16 pieces

Shrimp and broccoli stir-fry

Time 35 minutes
Yields Serves 2

Sweet, aromatic soy sauce (fu zhi jiang you)

Time 8 minutes
Yields Makes about 2/3 cup soy sauce

Pearly meatballs (zhen zhu rou wan)

Time 45 minutes
Yields Makes 36 meatballs

Deep-fried tofu with dipping sauce

Time 25 minutes
Yields Serves 4 appetizer portions

Pork dumplings

Time 2 hours
Yields Makes 80 dumplings

Seafood dumplings

Time 1 hour
Yields Makes 32 dumplings

Vegetable dumplings

Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields Makes 32 dumplings

Cheater's scallion pancakes

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 8 to 10

Dumpling dip

Time 5 minutes
Yields Makes a scant 1 1⁄2 cups

Barbecue pork ribs

Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields Serves 6

Sweet rice

Time 55 minutes
Yields Serves 6

Jasmine rice

Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 4

White lotus dumplings

Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields Makes about 3 dozen dumplings

Spicy rice with scallops

Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields Serves 4 to 6

Rice with chicken and dandelion greens

Time 1 hour 10 minutes plus soaking time for the rice
Yields Serves 4

Haak (greens)

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Chinese beef brisket

Time 3 hours
Yields Serves 6

Chinese-style pork meatballs in broth

Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Yields Serves 6 as an appetizer

Stir-fried beef with bitter melon

Time 25 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Dry-fried Sichuan string beans

Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Steamed leafy greens with mushroom sauce

Time 40 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Three cup chicken

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Sichuan shrimp and crab

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Stucky Fan Fan

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 8

Shanghai Stuffed Zucchini

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 4

Kung Pao Shrimp

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 3 to 4

Chinese Sausage Salad

Time 25 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Five-Spice Chicken

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 4

Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Chinese Fried Rice

Time 25 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Cantonese Poached Fish With Ginger and Green Onions

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 3 to 4

Steamed White Rice

Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 3 to 4

Mapo Doufu

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 4

White Rice With Green Onions and Sesame Oil

Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Miso Eggdrop Soup

Time 15 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Five-spice roast pork belly

Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Yields Serves 8

Chinese dumplings

Time 50 minutes
Yields Makes 40 to 50 dumplings.

Cantonese Chinese New Year dumplings

Time 1 hour
Yields Makes about 4 dozen dumplings

Steamed whole fish

Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 2 to 4

Chinese sticky rice (loh mai fan)

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 8 to 10

New Year's cake (nian gao)

Time 2 hours
Yields Makes about 72 slices

Longevity noodles (cheung sau jai mien)

Time 35 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Beijing-style pork and cabbage dumplings

Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields Makes enough for 3 dozen dumplings, about 6 servings

Shrimp dumplings

Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields Makes enough for 3 dozen dumplings, about 6 servings

Lao Yi’s boiled beef and leek dumplings

Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields Makes enough for 3 dozen dumplings, about 6 servings


Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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