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Chinese New Year is a week away, and even though I’m not Asian, my relatives are, including my nieces Kay and Cat whom I adore. Chinese New Year is a celebration filled with tradition, red envelopes of money, fun and especially food. In our family we celebrate Chinese New Year many different ways, one of which includes me making my famous homemade Chinese Food which is delicious! And today I’m going to show you how to make your own.
Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve animals came and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animals’s year would have some of that animal’s personality.
This year is the year of the horse. But what does that mean? Well if you google Chinese Calendar it will tell you. I’m the year of the OX: Honest, unyielding, stubborn, natural-born leaders, patient, inspiring, easy-going and conservative. Ox gets along with Snakes and Roosters but not Sheep. What animal are you?
Homemade Chinese Food (Chicken Chow Mein, Chicken Fried Rice)
I was asked to make an asian dish for #CollectiveBias so I thought now is the perfect time for me to share my recipe for Chinese food. So I headed to our closest Loblaws store to pick up everything I needed to get the show on the road. I love shopping there because they carry the noodles I need in their asian section and they carry VH products!
Making Chinese Food at home is super easy, super healthy and requires little time and effort in order to share a wonderful meal among friends.
I always use VH products when cooking asian food or chicken. Their soy sauce is awesome, their plum sauce for dipping wonton or chicken wings (just yum!) and if you are doing up a small amount of chow mein (not for a big group) VH Steamers are great for only 2 people as an alternative or meal on the go.
What you’ll need:
- 2 packages of Farkay Chinese Noodles
- 1 bottle of VH Soy Sauce
- 4 cups of Rice
- Boneless Chicken or BBQ Chicken Pre-cooked
- 2 cups of peas
- 4 packages of bean sprouts
- 2 eggs
- 5 stalks of celery
- 1 carton Chicken Broth
Prep: Cut up celery and onion, scramble 2 eggs leave in a bowl, piece out the chicken or cut into cubes or pieces
Steps Chow Mein:
1. Start in a Wok frying pan or Wok Steamer with the bean sprouts, add one bag at a time and cook on high, adding in chicken broth and VH Soy Sauce to taste as the bean sprouts steam up. Cook for 5 minutes until broken down and add second bag of sprouts and so on until all four bags of sprouts are in the wok.
2. Add in the Farkay Steamed Noodles little bits at a time. Add in more chicken broth and soy sauce and cook until noodles go soft.
3. Add in chicken, celery and onion and stir. You can add in more soy sauce and chicken broth, only use half the carton of chicken broth though. Save the other half for the chicken fried rice.
Steps Chicken Fried Rice:
1. Make up 4 cups of rice steamed.
2. Move rice to a clean Wok or Wok frying pan. Add in chicken, celery, peas, soy sauce, chicken broth and steam on medium, stirring frequently.
3. After five minutes add in eggs you scrambled and stir then serve.
Enjoy with Family & Friends
My family loves it when I make up my Chinese Food. There is no msg, the ingredients are fresh and good and taste so yummy, and it’s cheaper than ordering. We sat down and enjoyed the dinner I made with our neighbors at the co-op where we live. It was wonderful!
My goals this Chinese New Year?
Enjoy more time with my family. Get a little Feng Shui in my home, by decluttering and enjoy more Asian cuisine and recipes. It’s fun making things you don’t normally make at home!
What’s your favorite VH Product to use when cooking?