On January 29th, we kicked off the 2017 Lunar Calendar at Asia Society with experiential dining group Komeeda! Our own Chef Tsering Nyima curated and presented each dish of his menu, featuring traditionally symbolic and lucky foods promoting a healthy life throughout the year of the rooster.
Menu and Traditional Symbolism
Noodle Soup with Braised Chicken, Daikon, and Napa Cabbage Long Noodles, longevity
Steamed Cod with Sizzling Ginger Sesame Oil and Black Vinegar Sauce Fish, prosperity and abundance
Duck Confit Spring Roll, Orange glaze Spring Rolls, wealth; Chicken, fertility
Steamed Rice Cake with Red Bean Sauce Rice Cake, increased prosperity
Steamed Bun with Sweet Chestnuts Sweet Bun, a sweet and good new year
Sauteed Shiitake Mushroom with Bean Sprout Shiitake Mushrooms, longevity and opportunity
Stir Fried Baby Yu Choy with Garlic Green Vegetables, close family ties
Dumplings and oranges are also good luck for Chinese new year, symbolizing wealth, luck, and status. A bowl of oranges are usually placed at the center of the table. Also traditionally, you eat all of the foods whole. Whole chicken with head and feet, long and uncut noodles, and whole citrus fruits with the stems and leaves. It represents fullness in life and longevity. Jai, or Buddha’s Delight, is also another traditional (and main) Chinese New year dish.
Recipe for Steamed Cod Fish
5oz boneless skinless cod
1tsp Ginger. cut finely julienned
1Tbs Sesame oil
1Tbs Canola oil
1Tbs Scallion fine julienned
1 1/2 Tbs Salt
1 Leaf napa cabbage
Salt the cod on all sides and let sit for 10 minutes. Then the rinse off salt with cold water. Steam the cabbage leaf with cod placed on top for 4 minutes. Meanwhile heat up the oil. Place ginger and scallions on top of the fish. Follow with sizzling hot oil. Serve immediately after with black vinegar.
Anchovy Fried Rice
2 oz dry anchovy
1 cup of egg scramble
5 cup Cooked Jasmine rice
1/2 cup small diced onion
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup small diced carrots
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
3 Tbs light soy sauce
3 Tbs canola oil
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
1 tsp finely chopped ginger
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
Use a nonstick wok or large pan, and place on the burner at high heat. Add the oil, then garlic, ginger, and anchovy. Stir fry about 2 minutes, then add onions, carrots, and celery. Stir fry for 4 minutes. Add the rice and fry 5 minutes. Add soy sauce, egg, scallion, and black pepper.