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Lunar New Year Favorites - 24 recipes

Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year is a festive time in the Chinese calendar where families gather together and celebrate the past year, while eating traditional foods in hopes of bringing good luck, prosperity, and wealth into the new year. Celebrate this holiday with lucky foods like long noodles, mandarin oranges, dumplings, and more.

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By Margannl

Rate this recipe 4.5/5 (32 Votes)
Chinese Pork & Shrimp Dumplings (Jiao Zi) 1 Picture
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Servings 12
Preparation time 40
Cooking time 60

  • DOUGH:
  • 6.75-ounces unbleached all-purpose flour; more for kneading, about 1 1/2 cups
  • FILLING:
  • 2 cups napa cabbage, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 12-ounces ground pork, about 1 1/2 cups
  • 8 ounces shrimp peeled, deveined, coarsely chopped, about 1 cup
  • 3 medium scallions, thinly sliced
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing (Chinese rice wine) or dry sherry
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted Asian sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • COOK THE DUMPLINGS:
  • Vegetable oil, as needed (for pan-fried dumplings)
  • Kosher salt, as needed (for boiled dumplings)
  • 1 recipe Ginger Vinegar or Scallion-Soy Dipping Sauce

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  • RIBS:
  • 2 (1.5 to 2.5-pound) racks of baby back ribs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground chili, such as ancho
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle of light-flavored beer
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Sriracha
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Asian chili sauce or sambal oelek, divided
  • NOODLES:
  • 1 tablespoon chili oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced mixed mushrooms, such as portobello, shiitake, and oyster
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  • 2 medium cloves garlic, thinly sliced
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  • 1 ripe avocado, cut into 24 slices
  • 1 cup carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce, reduced-sodium
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  • 1 (3-pound) chicken, quartered
  • 1 pound boneless pork shoulder, sliced 1 inch thick
  • 8 1/4-inch thick slices fresh ginger
  • 2 scallions, halved crosswise
  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
  • 2 quarts low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 quart water
  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
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  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 large pinch saffron threads, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon fine sea salt
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  • 1/2 cup chives, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons potato starch
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
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  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper, freshly ground
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Filled with the citrus flavors of Mandarin Oranges, crushed pineapples, creamy vanilla pudding, and whipped cream, ...

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  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
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  • 1 red chili, minced, plus more to taste
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  • 1/2 cup fresh Vietnamese basil, torn
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon oil
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  • 3 tablespoon lime juice
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  • 12 square rice paper sheets
  • 3 ounces rice vermicelli
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  • 1/4 cup each Vietnamese basil, mint or coriander
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  • 1/3 cup fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons water
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  • SPRING ROLLS:
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  • 1 (8 to 10-ounce) package pad Thai rice noodles or linguine
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sherry
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced (I used 1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon red chili paste or a few dashes red chili oil (I used 1 teaspoon of Thai Red Curry Paste)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, halved (I used 2 limes)
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  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
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  • 15 to 30 mint leaves
  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves
  • 6 to 8 green onion stalks, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 15 romaine lettuce leaves, medium size
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