As we near the Chinese New Year celebrations we have already covered what it is about with the kids, prepared decorations and crafts, and now we are looking at the food! It is not a party until we are as loud as we can be which we intend to do with the fireworks, and our bellies are content as can be too. So, without further due, Celebrating Chinese New Year with the Kids and Complete Chinese Menu! Because I am a sweet tooth, I can’t wait for dessert, but everything is in place for a fabulous celebration menu 🙂
Our menu might not strictly adhere to that of a traditional Spring Festival dinner, but definitely it will incorporate Chinese flare. There should be something for everyone at our table so, content, happy and full bellies will not be a concern at all. We will start off with a delicious light soup.
Chicken Noodle Soup will be our appetizer of sorts although I can be a meal in itself. It feels light but it has the protein, carbs and veggies with that fresh Asian flavor. It is an aromatic broth sure to warm to our hearts, and all those in the midst of winter too. Not too far from my mom’s powerful chicken soup, I am sure it most be good for colds too. In any case, today is it going to be used for our Lunar New Year feast.
Like most everything at Cool Moms Cool Tips it is a quick and easy recipe to put together. The kids will get a kick trying at the chopsticks with the noodles and chicken. I can’t wait for all of us to master those chopsticks!
For the main course we will be serving two recipes from our friend Tiffany at Living Sweet Moments. We wouldn’t decide on just one. Of course we did not to settle on one since it should be a feast, and so we will serve Asian Glazed Chicken and Sesame Shrimp Noodles (yes, we love noodles). Then the moment I have been waiting for: dessert!
As we move along through the meal, dessert time will come and no once will forgo a fortune cookie! We will accompany our fortune cookies with a Lychee Lime Sorbet. If you have never had a Lychee before, you must try this fruit. The flavor is so amazing and different to everything. it is sweet and aromatic but not over bearing. Tasting it will be your chance if you decide to make this dessert.
This dessert is great to end spicy meals as well. It is very refreshing and the hing of tang that the Lime gives it really brings out further the Lychee flavor and its sweetness. It is a very light and airy, so it is almost guaranteed that there will be room for this dessert :-). An additional variation that you can try to this recipe is adding two or three Basil leaves to the Lychee in the blender. It is my favorite way of enjoying it.
The close of the meal will be a traditional and straight cup of hot tea.
That is our full meal plan for our Lunar New Year celebration. Since we don’t have a China Town near us, I am looking forward to having the kids grasp a little of the Chinese Culture with our talks, crafts, dinner plans and games at our in home celebration!
Any of these Chinese dishes caught your eye? Do you have a favorite Chinese dish?