Chinese New Year Feast

Chinese New Year Feast

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, is this Sunday. Traditionally, there’s feasting to be had on the eve of the new year. On the actual new year’s day, a vegetarian dish, Buddhist’s Delight or jai is served.

Certain dishes symbolize certain things. Dumplings for prosperity. Noodles for long life (make sure not to cut the noodles). Dried bean curd (tofu) for wealth and happiness. Mixed vegetables for family harmony and serving items whole to represent family unity and togetherness.

Stuffed Tofu Puffs with Chili Garlic Sauce
Deep-fried tofu puffs stuffed to overflowing with a potato-carrot filling, steamed and then topped with a chili garlic sauce.

Cream Cheese Wontons
Baked cream cheese and spinach wontons, a delightful concoction of east meeting west.

Main Dishes
Mock Chicken
Kinda looks like roasted white chicken, but it’s not. Bean curd sheets rolled with a mushroom filling and steamed. I could eat the whole thing by myself.

Roasted Tofu with Leeks and Black Bean Sauce
Golden roasted tofu cubes tossed in a savory black bean sauce. Lucky me. I mean you, lucky you.

Asian Styled Seitan and Vegetable Stew
Seitan chunks braised with potatoes, carrots and daikon, seasoned with star anise. A red-colored dish to ward off evil spirits.

Cantonese Style Vegetable Chow Mein
Baked crispy noodles topped with a medley of stir-fried bok choy, snow peas, bean sprouts and mushrooms. Remember not to cut the noodles.

Side Dishes
Vegetarian BBQ Pork Fried Rice
Rice stir-fried with veggies and bbq veggie pork (another “red” item to keep away those evil spirits).

Stir-Fried Yu Choy Sum
A simple stir-fry of chinese greens with just a bit of garlic. Keep it whole for that whole unity thing.

Baked Banana Tempura
Not exactly a Chinese dessert but what a sweet and yummy ending.

Tangerines and oranges
Sweet, refreshing and symbolic of luck and wealth.

Wishing you health, wealth and happiness in the Year of the Tiger.
Happy Lunar New Year!

13 Comments so far

  1. Vegan Dad on February 13th, 2010

    Thanks for this–an excellent roundup of your always amazing dishes and pics. Happy New Year!

  2. veggievixen on February 13th, 2010

    omg, looks seriously amazingly delicious!! i really wish i had better asian food making skills. happy new year to you!

  3. Liz on February 13th, 2010

    This is fantastic! Thank you so much!

  4. Mike K on February 13th, 2010

    All of this looks absolutely fantastic! Delicious food, and the relevance to the New Year celebration is really interesting. Great post!

  5. Cassie - Vegan Fox on February 13th, 2010

    What a fantastic display! Thanks for the ideas.

  6. Lisa (ShowMeVegan) on February 14th, 2010

    wow, what a feast!

  7. Andria @ Veg is Sexy on February 14th, 2010

    Wow, that menu looks absolutely incredible!

  8. crystal on February 15th, 2010

    WOW. Beautiful Photo.

    What I had was something slightly different – a very simple CNY set, one of the dish is Yusheng which is singapore creation –

    Wishing you a happy and prosperous lunar new year :)

    Cheers crystal

  9. JoLynn-dreaminitvegan on February 16th, 2010

    wow you were very busy cooking. It all looks very appetizing.

  10. Philippa O on February 21st, 2010

    i made your bean curd chicken for the chinese new year feast i went to and it was a hit! only wish i had made more since it went to fast. thanks again for this amazing recipe!

  11. Mango on March 10th, 2010

    Looks amazing! But overwhelming – I don’t know where to start.

  12. Louise on August 8th, 2010

    Hello! Just wondering if you had tried Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant in SF. Serves Cantonese Chinese style cooking in addition to others and has tons of options. I’ve been with family and left with 13 boxes of leftovers..

    Just thought I’d pass it along in case you hadn’t been (:

  13. chow on August 18th, 2010

    Louise – I haven’t heard of the restaurant before but if I’m in the area, I’ll check it out. Thanks for the tip! :-)

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