chinese new year dinner

i haven’t really celebrated chinese new year since i’ve been in hawaii, but i’ve been cooking a lot of chinese food the past few months, so this year i decided to cook a nice chinese dinner to celebrate the year of the rabbit :)

mostly, i’ve been trying a lot of good recipes from fuschia dunlop’s two books, land of plenty and revolutionary chinese cookbook:
land of plentyrevolutionary chinese cookbook

land of plenty has recipes from her travels and time at a famous cooking school in sichuan. revolutionary chinese cookbook focuses on hunanese food. i really like her recipes… they’re detailed, well-written, and have delicious results. she also writes a lot of interesting side notes and stories about her experiences.

here’s the meal:
dinner

marci and craig brought the chinese chicken salad and dessert :)

蔥 姜 鸡 cold ginger chicken:
ginger chicken

香干肉丝 chicken with pressed tofu, bamboo, and chives
chicken tofu

鱼香茄子 fish-fragrant pork slivers with black ear fungus and bamboo
pork

彭家豆腐 peng’s home-style bean curd w/ black beans and pork
tofu

土豆煨牛肉 slow-braised beef with potatoes (spicy)
beef

渔家炒虾球 fisherman’s shrimp with chinese chives and hot peppers
shrimp

菜心 choi sum with garlic. cooked in the pot after the shrimp.
choi_sum

芥兰 steamed chinese broccoli (gai lan)
gai_lan

干煸四季豆 dry-fried green beans with ground pork and tianjin preserved vegetable.
green_beans

overall, all the dishes went pretty well. it seems like i can only buy gai lan in chinatown. gai lan’s my favorite though, so it can’t be helped. i found one place with some frozen pressed tofu, but this brand isn’t that good. next time i gotta find a better brand. it seems like the favorites were the shrimp, beef and potatoes, and the green beans. this is the first large dinner i’ve cooked since starting culinary school. i think the planning and execution went way better. hooray! no disaster! happy chinese new year!

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2 thoughts on “chinese new year dinner

  1. wow! awesome! *drool* *jen tries a little of every dish, avoiding the ginger and chives* *burp* =P

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