How to Make Chinese Food at Home
Check out some unbelievable Buddakan dishes you can make at home!
Crab and Pork Soup Dumplings
"Soup dumplings are pretty traditional for the New Year," says Ray. "Opulent ingredients are a sign of wealth and prosperity. The shapes of the dumplings are meant to look like gold nuggets."
Get the Recipe: Crab and Pork Soup Dumplings
Seafood Hot Pot with Green Curry
Replete with red snapper, scallop, shrimp, Manila clams and rock lobster tail, this seafood-packed plate represents abundance. "The Chinese word for fish is a homonym for the word for surplus; it symbolizes increased prosperity," says Ray. "The opening of their shells represents the opening of new horizons."
Get the Recipe: Seafood Hot Pot with Green Curry
Longevity Noodles with Sea Urchin Butter
"Longevity noodles symbolize a long life; the longer the better." Try this savory, wok-tossed recipe at home for a long life.
Get the Recipe: Longevity Noodles with Sea Urchin Butter
Looking for more ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year? Consider throwing a Chinese New Year Dumpling Party!
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Celebrated Chinese restaurant, Buddakan, launches a special Chinese New Year menu just in time for the February 10th holiday. The menu features customary dishes, each signifying values such as wealth, happiness and longevity. "We tried to stay traditional with the dishes," says Executive Chef Brian Ray. "But we used some unique flavor combinations in the dishes, like pairing fermented black garlic with sea urchin."
While a trip to the restaurant is a fabulous way to celebrate the New Year, Ray assures us that traditional Chinese cuisine can be made at home. "There are lots of braised dishes and soups that you could make at home," says the chef. "I make a pretty good char sui on the backyard barbecue."
When cooking Cantonese cuisine, Ray recommends reaching for the oyster sauce and limiting the use of oil. "[Oyster sauce] adds richness and depth to dishes," he says. In terms of oil, too much oil and not enough heat causes greasiness in Chinese cuisine.
Lastly, when working with seafood, look for fish with "no fishy smell, clean pink gills and clear eyes," explains Ray. "Shop at busy stores [to] ensure that nothing has been sitting around, [and] ask questions."
Check out the slideshow above to learn how to make a few Buddakan favorites at home for the New Year.
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