If you’ve been thinking of fresher ways to recreate a typical reunion dinner menu for your family, then you’re in luck because we have a few recipes for you to try at home. These dishes are simple to make and aren’t time consuming which is great when you’re hosting your entire family over the holidays. Let’s get started!
Fruit Yee Sang
Yee Sang represents prosperity, and the only time we’re allowed to play with our food. Traditionally, the salad is made with salmon, crispy crackers, and peanuts but we’re going to trade these staples for fruits.
Usher in the new year with auspicious fruits like pomelos (family unity), pineapples (wealth), strawberries (love), melons (health), and apples (wisdom). For a refreshing Malaysian twist though, add papayas (happiness), mango (love), longans (fertility) and rambutans to the mix!
If you prefer to add more spice to your life, Chasing Food Dreams has a great alternative.
Peking-Style Vegetarian Dumplings
For a fresh change, serve vegetarian dumplings to complement the numerous meaty dishes that’ll be served during dinner. Dumplings are said to embody wealth because of its similarity to the shape of gold and silver inglots. The ingredients needed here are easy to find; bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, red onions, spinach, bamboo shoots — all of which are meant to be finely sliced — chilli, and black pepper.
Wrap it all in wanton, steam it for a few minutes and it’s good to go! The Woks of Life has a great ingredient breakdown to make the ultimate vegetarian dumplings, all of which are available at Village Grocer. Go wild.
Cold Soba with Mushroom and Leek Seiro Broth
Leek is packed with fibre and vitamins and is believed to symbolise wealth; so not only will it contribute to your personal health, it could also make your bank account look healthier too. If soba isn’t your cup of noodles though, glass noodles make for a great secondary option. Noodles are a must-have ingredient at the dinner table as it brings longevity, so stir this noodle dish up in under 45 minutes; it’s light, tasty and everyone will enjoy it. Follow Savueur’s 2-step guide to make the perfect serving for your family.
Bok Choy Salad
Leafy vegetables are generally regarded as foods that reflect wealth because of its green hue — a good way to convince your kids to eat their greens, and stubborn adults too! Add more texture to the salad by including shredded apples, carrots, almonds or bell peppers. The crucial bit of making this is using the right dressing. You can’t go wrong with a generous serving of sweet sesame but if you’re feeling adventurous, we hear dijon mustard is a great condiment that goes with it. If you’re looking for gluten-free alternatives for salads, look through Culinary Hill for ideas.
Prawn & Pomelo Salad
Pomelos are the symbol of family unity, and prawns are meant to welcome more laughter into your life. If eaten together, there’s a possibility of having a pleasant family reunion instead of an unhappy one. This salad is easy to make, and it’s a great dish to serve if you’re looking for a simple yet delicious appetizer to serve your family. Learn to put this salad together in under 20 minutes using BBC’s Good Food’s instructions.
Look for these ingredients at any of our Village Grocer outlets and give these healthy recipes a try! With that, we’d like to wish you a very Happy Chinese New Year!
Keep it fresh,
Your friendly neighbourhood grocer.