Lunar New Year is coming up and it’s the perfect time to try out some fun new Asian recipes. Back in December we had made an Asian inspired vegetarian menu for our Christmas dinner and that menu couldn’t be any more appropriate now. In hindsight, it looks like the perfect Lunar New Year inspired vegetarian menu!
When we were deciding on our Christmas dinner the kids requested an Asian menu and wanted to try out some new recipes for the occasion. As per any new recipe they want to try, for me it’s always about “How easy is it to make?” and “Are the ingredients easy to find?” Well, the kids did great! They found recipes that fit my criteria. The menu we finalized on included two appetizers, a soup, main course, and something sweet. We had steamed and pan fried dumplings, hot and sour soup, and a noodle main dish.
The best part of this menu is getting the whole family involved kids and adults. So go ahead and delegate, have one person make the wontons, the other make the soup, and one of you make the noodles, this makes for a fun family time together in the kitchen!
What did we have for dessert you’re wondering? My eldest Sri who always gets assigned dessert made fortune cookies, from scratch! Yes! She found a recipe online and asked Anjali one of my twins to look up funny fortune cookie questions to bake inside each cookie. The cookies turned out great! This is a fun project and the cookies are very entertaining at the dinner table! We made two fortune cookies for each of us, one to open before dinner and one to open after dinner. With hilarious questions inside each cookies to ask the family you maybe surprised at what answers you get!
Lunar New Year Vegetarian Menu
Hot and sour soup
Kale and snow pea wontons
Tofu and shitake dumplings
Cabbage and pepper noodle stir fry
Homemade Fortune Cookies
For a fun stay at home dinner on a Saturday evening, given this wonderful Asian-inspired menu a try and celebrate Lunar New Year together with your family!
Lunar New Year starts on Saturday January 25th this year.
2020 is the year of the Rat in the Chinese Zodiac calendar.
For more information on Lunar New Year and how it is celebrated all over the world take a look at this link Chinese New Year Traditions.
Recipes to follow starting tomorrow.