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Party Plan: Ring in the Lunar New Year!

We’re giving you everything you need to ring in the Lunar New Year with delicious, asian inspired recipes that are sure to please everyone at your party.

Bring some new traditions into your household as well as some delicious new recipes. When the beginning of the Lunar calendar comes around, you’ll be prepared to host an amazing party with some of these helpful party tips and delectable dumpling recipes, stir fry recipes and more.

Lunar New Year – Tradition with a Twist

Lunar New Year – Tradition with a Twist

Ring in the Lunar New Year with some of these delicious recipes and helpful tips that will bring you good fortune for the coming year, and a great party too.

Even if the Lunar New Year (based on the Lunar calendar and usually takes place late January, early February) isn’t one of your family’s traditions, it’s always fun to gather friends and family together to celebrate with a meal and learn about another culture.  Bring this Lunar New Year tradition (with a twist) into your home and try out some of these recipes & tips for good fortune in the coming year.

  • Deep clean your house to get ready for guests as well as “sweep away any misfortune” that may have entered your home over the past year. Once finished, put away all cleaning products. It’s time to enjoy family, friends & traditional food (during the New Year celebration it is important to keep all the good luck & not sweep it away).
  • Enjoy some family fun by picking out something “new” to wear or a new haircut to celebrate the new year.
  • Red is the official color of the Lunar New Year, as it signifies joy and luck. So, incorporate as much red as possible into your celebration, including a tablescape that features red flowers such as roses or Gerber daisies, as well as red placemats, napkins or plates.
  • Oranges and tangerines (with leaves on) symbolize good fortune, so incorporate a bowl of them as a pretty centerpiece for your table. Place the flame-colored fruits in a red bowl for added flair. At the end of the meal, invite everyone to enjoy an orange as dessert that signifies good health in the New Year.
  • Visit a nearby Chinatown or make a few homemade decorations to add special touches to the festivities. Chinese lanterns, fire-crackers (should be for decorative purposes only), a zodiac sign for the new year (ie 2014 Year of the Horse), red envelopes with money (for young children); Chinese symbols as wall/doorway decorations:
    • Happy New Year: 新年快樂
    • Good Fortune: 福
    • Horse: 馬
  • While you’re cooking dinner, keep the kids entertained with a Lunar New Year craft project, such as creating festive fans to add to your décor. Have them decorate a large sheet of red construction paper with a gold crayon, stickers or decorative foam stamps dipped in gold acrylic paint. Once the paint dries, fold the paper accordion style, making pleats about 1” wide and secure the bottom with a stapler, a clothespin or pipe cleaners wrapped around the end to use as a handle.

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Ginger Teriyaki Steamed Dumplings

Ginger Teriyaki Steamed Dumplings

Make them traditional or with a modern twist, these dumplings, packed with a ginger teriyaki pork mixture will be the hit of any New Year Party.

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Ingredients:
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1lb. ground pork or chicken
  • 1/2 cup Soy Vay® Veri Veri Teriyaki® Marinade & Sauce
  • 2 cups finely shredded Savoy cabbage, stems removed
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 12-ounce package wonton wraps
Directions:
  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat
  2. Add the ginger and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add the pork and cook over medium heat, breaking up the meat with the back of a spoon for 7 to 10 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink.
  4. Add the Soy Vay® Veri Veri Teriyaki® Marinade & Sauce, fold in cabbage and half of the scallions and cook covered for 4 to 6 minutes or until the cabbage has wilted. Allow to cool.
  5. Brush the tops of each wonton with egg (SEE HOW TO MAKE DUMPLINGS).
  6. Steam the dumplings covered for 7 to 10 minutes or until the wonton has softened and is heated through.
  7. Serve the dumplings with more Soy Vay® Veri Veri Teriyaki® Marinade & Sauce and the remaining scallions as a garnish.

Makes about 36 dumplings

HOW TO MAKE DUMPLINGS:

Modern Twist:

  • Place 1 tsp. of the pork mixture in the center of each wonton wrapper.
  • With wet hands, fold the corners together in the center of each wonton and pinch & slightly twist to seal.

Traditional:

  • If using square wonton wraps; use a round cookie cutter to make a circular piece of wonton wrap.
  • Place 1 tsp. of pork mixture in the center of each round wonton wrapper.
  • Moisten edges with water or egg wash; fold in half and pleat the front 4 times. Press to seal dumpling as you pleat.

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Orange Teriyaki Halibut

Orange Teriyaki Halibut

Marinate a delicious piece of whitefish in Soy Vay® Sauce, cover it with thin orange slices, bake and serve.

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Ingredients:
Prep Time: 5 minutes + 1 hour marinade
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serves 4
  • 1 lb. halibut or cod filet
  • 1/2 cup Soy Vay® Veri Veri Teriyaki® Marinade & Sauce
  • 1 Mandarin orange thinly sliced
  • Serve with extra Soy Vay® Sauce & a squeeze or two of orange (as desired) to each filet)
Directions:
  1. Divide the fish into four 4-ounce portions.
  2. Arrange the fish in a large glass (non–reactive) pan.
  3. Arrange the orange slices on top of the fish
  4. Pour the Soy Vay® Veri Veri Teriyaki® Marinade & Sauce over the fish
  5. Chill covered for 1 hour, turning once.
  6. Preheat the grill.
  7. Cook the fish over medium heat for about 5 to 7 minutes on each side.
  8. The orange slices can be grilled and used as a garnish.
  9. Discard any leftover marinade.

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Spicy Ginger Drumettes

Spicy Ginger Drumettes

No party would be complete without chicken wings, especially these delicious chicken drumettes marinated and baked in this delicious Soy Vay® Toasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade with apple juice, soy sauce and honey.

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Ingredients:
  • ½ cup Soy Vay® Toasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade, divided
  • ¼ cup dry sherry or apple juice
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp. siracha hot sauce (or more if you like it spicy)
  • red pepper flakes (optional if extra heat is desired)
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh garlic
  • 2 pounds chicken drumettes
Directions:
  1. In a 15X9-inch baking pan, combine ¼ cup Soy Vay® Toasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade with all of the other ingredients except chicken; mix well to combine.
  2. Add chicken drumettes and toss to coat with mixture.
  3. Let marinate refrigerated several hours, turning occasionally.
  4. Discard marinade. Add ¼ cup fresh Soy Vay® Toasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade and bake at 350ºF for 45 minutes, basting with juices every 15 minutes.
  5. Let cool 10 minutes in pan. Remove from pan and place on platter.
  6. Make extra marinade mixture or serve with Soy Vay® Toasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade for dipping.

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Garlic Beef & Asparagus Stir Fry

Garlic Beef & Asparagus Stir Fry

Fire up the wok, this delicious combination of flank steak and asparagus, cooked in hoisin garlic sauce and topped with roasted cashews, is sure to make any New Year party a happy one!

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Ingredients:
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 pound flank steak, sliced thin into bite-size pieces for stir-fry salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into diagonal 1-inch lengths
  • ½ cup Soy Vay® Hoisin Garlic sauce or other Soy Vay® Sauce
  • 1 cup roasted, unsalted cashews
Directions:
  1. In a wok or large nonstick pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the flank steak, and cook for about 3-4 minutes, depending on the thickness of the beef, until browned on all sides. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon, set aside, and pour off the fat from the pan. Add the asparagus to the pan, and cook for 2-3 minutes until crisp-tender.
  3. Return the meat to the pan, add the sauce and toss to coat. Stir in the nuts, and cook for 1 minute more. Season again if needed. Serve hot over rice or noodles.

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Hoisin Garlic Chow Mein Noodle Bowl

Hoisin Garlic Chow Mein Noodle Bowl

Noodles represent longevity in the Lunar New Year tradition but this dish is sure to go quick once your guests get a hold of it.

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Ingredients:
  • 6 ounces instant ramen or chow mein noodles
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 8 ounces pork tenderloin, cut into one inch cubes
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups thinly sliced baby bok choy (from about 3 total)
  • ⅓ cup Soy Vay® Hoisin Garlic Asian Glaze & Marinade

NOTE: To make this as a vegetarian option, simply omit the pork and add sautéed tofu

Directions:
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Drop the noodles in, boil for 3 minutes, then drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. In a large nonstick frying pan or wok, heat 2 Tbsp. of the olive oil over high heat. Add noodles, toss to coat with the oil, then spread out in the pan and cook undisturbed for 3-4 minutes until the bottom starts to turn golden. Flip over in as few pieces as possible and cook for another 3 minutes. Slide the noodles, which should be in a cake-like form, onto a plate.
  3. Add remaining Tbsp. of oil and the pork. Sauté until browned on all sides, 2–3 minutes. Add red pepper, carrots and scallions, and sauté until pepper begins to soften, about 3-4 minutes. Add bok choy and sauté, stirring constantly, until wilted, another 2 minutes. Stir in Soy Vay® Hoisin Garlic Asian Glaze & Marinade and cook another minute or two, until heated through and ingredients are coated. Pour contents of pan over noodle cake and serve immediately.

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