Friday, February 12, 2016

Lunar New Year Celebration Snacks

This year's Chinese New Year was just a few days ago, and I'm a few days late posting!! We celebrated with Asian snacks - of course not all Asian snacks are Chinese, but this is also a version of food made with just regular grocery store fare, so it's not exactly authentic! I'm pretty proud, though - it turned out tasty and was simple - my favorite kind of food!!

Spring Rolls


Rice Noodles
Spring Rolls Skin
Chopped veggies (we used slaw mix!)
Shrimp (or other protein)
Cilantro, chopped
Mint, chopped
Green onions, chopped

How To

Cook the rice noodles, drain, and set aside. Chop veggies and herbs, and set aside in piles. Fill a bowl with warm water, and place the Spring Roll Skin in it to soak, only a couple of seconds! I learned the hard way - it stays a little "crispier" even after getting wet, but the longer it's out, it is like making origami with plastic wrap! Place the dampened skin on a plate, add little piles of noodles, then shrimp, then veggies, and then herbs. Then fold up the top and bottom, followed by one side. Roll up the rest of the spring roll tightly and set aside! Make as many spring rolls as you like!

Peanut Sauce


I used this recipe but did not have all of the ingredients, so here is my version:
Peanut butter
Lime juice
Soy sauce
Brown sugar
Chili oil
Red chili flakes
Sesame oil

How To (Slap Dash!)

I used probably a tablespoon or more of peanut butter and "creamed" it like you do with icing. (To cream butter or shortening for ice cream, you just whip it fast for a bit until it will actually accept liquid - otherwise it just floats around on top and is a little gross!) I mixed the peanut butter with some water to make it extra creamy, and added about a teaspoon or 2 of soy sauce, juice of 1/4 lime, 1/2 tsp brown sugar, a few shakes of chili oil and chili flakes, and then some drops of sesame oil. Mix it all together, and serve with the spring rolls! 

Soba Noodle Soup


Soba noodles (buckwheat)
Chicken or veggie broth, 2 C
Baby Bok Choy, chopped
Protein (shrimp or pulled chicken)
Soy sauce, 1 Tbsp
Chili oil and red pepper flakes, to taste

How To

Bring the broth to a boil and add the noodles. After about 3 minutes, add the meat, and after another minute, add the bok choy. Cook for a total of 6 minutes, add the soy sauce, and dish out and serve! Yum!

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