Well the Chinese new year is officially here! And as planned I made all the required foods to ensure I started off with a bang. The wings were AMAZING!! Definitely going to make that recipe again! Baked AND crispy!!
The great thing is that once you get to this stage, you can add ANY sauce you like!
I did not have white sesame seeds so I made it with black sesame seeds. I even saved the extra sauce and added it to my noodles. Scrumptious!
What I thought was going to be a small batch of noodles turned out to be enough for 4 -6!
I have 2, that is right TWO dried shiitake mushrooms soaking in warm water. That small amount added a whole new flavor profile. There was cabbage, carrots, onions, 2 ounces of thinly sliced chicken breast, fresh bean sprouts, scallions, ginger….
Layer by layer we added the ingredients…
It came together beautifully! Having these noodles along with all the other options, well, it was a LOT of food. But to start off the new year full, in every sense of the word, gave the promise of fullness and overflowing financially and otherwise. And that is always good.
We had steamed fish and dumplings as well.
I followed a steamed fish recipe which turned out to be quite good. Click on link here.. Chinese Steamed Fish . Though I did not have a whole fish, the filets worked perfectly.
The leafy green vegetables and the Chinese eggplant simply to die for! I did a quick sear in oil on both sides, drizzled with Oyster sauce, covered it and turned off the heat. Done! Simple easy and wonderful!
I had bought some soup dumplings pre-made. Always more amazing when had with a side of black vinegar, chili oil and soy sauce.
We rolled ourselves away from the table. It turned out to be a great new years celebration! The Year of the Monkey has wonderful things in store for us!