This Saturday is Chinese New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Rooster. Often times, the big ‘reunion meal’ on Chinese New Year eve falls on a weekday and its hard to find time to cook anything proper for the occasion. This year its Friday, so while its a weekday, I’d love to be able to cook something a little more celebratory. The meal is similar in meaning to the Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts where families gather.
I am curious if folks from around the world cook anything specific for the occasion. I am a bit familiar to how the Cantonese celebrate in dishes but not familiar with dishes from other culture or region.
I am probably cooking:
- a rice ovalette dish with stock, napa cabbage, pork, shitake mushroom and rice ovalette.
- steamed live fish, assuming I can get my hands on one amidst the madness in Asian grocery store on CNY eve.
- chicken (maybe)
- dessert 1: sticky rice balls
- dessert 2: tangerine/ pomelo
Some other dishes that I can think of are:
Hair vegetable with oysters- though someone told me this fungus (hair vegetable) is over-harvested in Mongolia?
Any other dishes else folks can think of (that are hopefully not overly elaborate)?
Happy new year and happy eating!