Make a Chinese New Year's Dinner for the Family
Most kids love Chinese food, so why not make a dinner for the family. Involve your kids in this Chinese tradition and make a lovely meal for your family to sit down and enjoy each other and the wonder food that you've prepared.
You're children will be proud that they were able to help you prepare dinner.
Below are simple recipes for Sweet and Sour Chicken, Chow Fan (fried rice), and fortune cookies.
Sweet and Sour Chicken
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tbs- cornstarch
- Vegetable oil
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 diced small red pepper
- 1 diced small orange pepper
- 1 can- pineapple chunks in natural juice
- 1 tbs- cornstarch
- 2 tbs- ketchup
- 2 tbs- light soy sauce
- 1 tbs- white wine vinegar
- Fresh cilantro leaves
- Salt and pepper
Mix the egg yolks, 1 tbs of water, cornstarch, and salt and pepper to taste.
Heat two inches of oil in a frying pan.
Put the chicken cubes in the cornstarch mixture and then fry in batched of five minutes or until the cubes are crisp and golden. Drain on paper towels.
Empty the oil from the pan, leaving a thin coating. Stir- fry the onion and peppers over a high heat for a few minutes, tossing them to prevent them from burning or sticking to the pan.
Drain the pineapple cubes (setting the juice aside) and add them to the pan.
Use a little of the pineapple juice with some cornstarch to make a paste. Add the paste to the pan with the remaining juice. Add the ketchup, soy sauce, and vinegar to the pan. If the mix is dry, add 1/2 cup of water. Raise the temperatures and stir until thickened.
Add the chicken cubes and let simmer for five minutes or until cooked through.
Serve with rice with cilantro leaves as a garnish.
Chow Fan (Fried Rice)
- Make in advance, leave to cool in the refrigerator, changing the texture.
- Have everything ready before you start, so you can just mix and stir.
- Cooked chicken (about 1/2 chicken breast for each person)
- Sliced ham or chips of bacon
- Shrimp or prawns (optional)
- Eggs (1 per person)
- Frozen peas
- Diced onions
- Diced garlic clove,
- Diced spring onion
- Pre-cooked and chilled rice
- Vegetable oil
Make a flat omelette by whisking the eggs with a fork and pouring into a frying pan. Cover and cook. Flip if necessary. Once cooked, cut into small squares.
Add about 1 tablespoon of oil to a large frying pan with the onion and garlic. Fry for a few minutes. Add the bacon. Then, add shrimp, if you're using shrimp. Let the bacon and shrimp, or prawns, cook.
Add the other ingredients, starting with the chicken, then ham (if you're using ham), eggs, peas, rice, and spring onions. Stir until everything is warmed. Don't overcook the ingredients.
Serve with soy sauce or maggi seasoning.
Home-made Fortune Cookies
Fortune cookies are the end of every traditional Chinese meal. Include your kids and make home- made fortune cookies instead of purchasing a bag from the store. Let your kids write the fortunes.
- 1 egg white
- Vanilla extract (just a pinch)
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup- unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup- white sugar
Write your fortunes first. Use slips of paper about 4" x 1/2".
Preheat the oven to 400F and grease two cookie sheets.
Beat the egg white and pinch of vanilla until foamy.
Sift flour, salt, and sugar, and fold into the egg white mix.
Place a teaspoonful of batter onto the cookie sheet and tilt the cookie sheet until the batter forms a round shape. Repeat with each cookie, placing each 2 inches a part. Only put 2 or 3 cookies per sheet because you're going to need to work with the dough when hot.
Bake the cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Wait until the dough is golden brown around the outer edge, leaving the middle still pale. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Quickly lift one of the cookies with a spatula and turn it upside down on a wooden board. Put the fortune in the middle of the cookie, and fold it in half. Place the folded edge across the rim of a cup and pull the pointed edges down- one edge one the inside and one on the outside of the cup.
Stand the folded cookie in a muffin tin or egg carton until they completely cool. This helps them keep the shape.