Today marks the first day of the Chinese New Year, celebrated in many Asian countries. In Vietnam, the holiday is called Tet, and in some Asian countries it's called the Lunar New Year. KC has reminded us that the Year of the Rat is the start of the lunar cycle and a time for renewal or new beginnings. Chinese New Year festivities may include up to two weeks of activities, with family visits, lion dances, fireworks, prayers, symbolic gifts, and candles.
Of course, no matter what you're calling it, there have to be special foods for a holiday like this. Many bloggers are sharing Chinese New Year's food options, some of which are authentic, while others are simply whimsical. Since the celebrations last for 15 days, you still have plenty of time to try them.
I found the charming rat symbol above at The Culinary Chase, written by a personal chef who started the blog in Hong Kong but now lives in Thailand. She gives her observations about Chinese New Year celebrations as well as a recipe for Yangzhou Fried Rice.
Rasa Malaysia has Chinese New Year's greetings, and a list of ten authentic Chinese New Year's Recipes you can make to celebrate. The photos of every dish on this blog are guaranteed to make you drool.
At Use Real Butter, Jennifer Yu writes a moving post about growing up Chinese, receiving packages of "lucky food" every year from her mother for Chinese New Year, and then making her own Lucky Ten Ingredient Vegetables this year despite undergoing cancer treatment. This post is truly inspirational in more ways than one, and there are wonderful step-by-step photos here of the process of making this traditional dish.
Steamy Kitchen has a charming post about Chinese New Year's Food Superstitions she learned from her mom, plus lots of links to great sounding dishes for Chinese New Year's celebrations. There's fabulous Asian food porn here too, so be prepared for more drooling.
At Culinary Concoctions by Peabody, along with memories of Chinese dinners from her childhood Peabody has a wonderful sounding recipe for Sesame Almond Cookies.
Finally, from a charming blog called Viet World Kitchen, written by cookbook author Andrea Nguyen, comes a series of posts about the Vietnamese celebration of Tet. Andrea writes about Simple Ways to Celebrate Tet, Tet Flowers and Blossoms, and how to make Tet Sticky Rice Cakes.
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