Recipes for a Chinese New Year Celebration

Recipes for a Chinese New Year Celebration

If you're wondering what the inscription on the photo is, it says "Chúc Mừng Năm Mới" or Happy New Year in Vietnamese. This year, since the Asian New Year follows the Lunar calendar, we have 2 celebrations at the same time: Valentine's Day and Tết (the Vietnamese New Year). We're going to be celebrating a romantic Lunar New Year of the Tiger !

I've started decorating the house with things that symbolize the New Year. I went to San Jose and bought Vietnamese flowers called bông vạn thọ, which literally translates to "longevity flowers". As usual, every year, I'm on a quest to find the best bánh tét. It's a must to have traditional food for Vietnamese Lunar New Year. I went to several different stores on Tully road (San Jose, California) and I'll give you the results this weekend of the best places I've found. Some of you might not know what a bánh tét is; it's a ake roll made from sticky glutinous rice and red beans with a center of mung bean paste with or without meat. The flavors vary; there could also be bananas in place of the lentils and meat. 

If you are observing the tradition of eating vegetarian foods (ăn chay) on the last day of the previous year and first day of New Year, check out my tofu recipes.

For more details about Chinese New Year celebrations, check out last year's post.

Banh Tet in Banana Leaves Picture
Bánh Tét (Sticky rice roll cakes wrapped in banana leaves).


Vietnamese Sweet Potato and Shrimp Tempura

Finger Food: Pan-Seared Caramelized Garlic Shrimp

Vietnamese Egg Roll Recipe (Cha Gio)

Vegetarian Appetizers

Mini Fried Vegetarian Eggrolls (Cha Gio Chay in Vietnamese)

Vietnamese Tofu Stuffed Betel Leaves

Bi Cuon Chay (Vietnamese Vegetarian Spring Rolls)


Canh Chua Ca (Vietnamese Sweet and Sour Fish and Pineapple Soup)

Bun Mang Ga (Vietnamese Bamboo Shoots and Chicken Vermicelli Rice Noodle Soup)

Vietnamese Spinach and Shrimp Soup (Canh Mong Toi)

Vegetarian Soups

Vietnamese Fried Bean Curd Soup (Hu Tieu Chay)

Vegetarian Sizzling Rice Soup

Vegetarian Pho (Pho Chay)


Beef Hot Pot (Bo Nhung Dam, Shabu Shabu)

Vietnamese Meatloaf (Mam Chung Thit)

Vietnamese Chicken Salad (Goi Ga)

Pan-Seared Korean Beef Short Ribs with a Maple Glaze (Maple Syrup Kalbi Marinade)

Asian-Style Soy Sauce Quail (Chim Cut Ro Ti)

Fish / Seafood

Black Bean and Lemongrass Cod a la Hong Kong

Vietnamese Tamarind Sweet Crab (Cua Rang Me)


Tofu Banh Xeo (Vegetarian Vietnamese Crepe)

Deep Fried Black Pepper and Sesame Soy Gluten with Choy Sum

Stuffed Bitter Melon (Kho Qua)

Crispy Egg Noodles with Mixed Vegetables (Mi Xao Don)

Toasted Sesame Tofu Caramelized with Agave Nectar, Wasabi and Soy Sauce

Braised Tofu with Hoisin Sauce

Vegetarian Ma-Po Tofu

Side Dishes

Stir-Fry Pea Shoot Tendrils in Garlic and Black Bean Sauce (Rau Muong Xao)

Asian Style Warm Potato Salad

Vietnamese Desserts

Vietnamese Deep Fried Banana Fritters with Ginger Coconut Mascarpone Sauce

Sweet Coconut Red Bean Soup with Corn

Coconut and Sweet Tapioca Pudding with Bananas (Che Chuoi in Vietnamese)

Cassava Coconut Vietnamese Cake (Banh Khoai Mi)

Chocolate filled Sticky Rice Balls with Coconut

Vietnamese Drinks

Ginger Lemongrass Drink

Thai Iced Tea (Tra Thai in Vietnamese)

Sweet Tamarind Drink (Nuoc Da Me)

Ca Phe Sua Nong (Vietnamese-Style Coffee)


Thank You! What a wonderful show of all sorts of great Chinese dishes. I was nervous that you were just going to tempt us with the amazing photos but happy to see that you included links to the recipes!

Happy New Year and Happy Valentines Day.

I hear the firecrackers going off in my neighborhood.

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[ Posted at 7:38 PM on 2/14/10 | Reply ]


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