Holiday Recipes: Chinese New Year from Susana Kawai @ Delicioso y Divertido!

The only exposure I had to Chinese New Year was in Las Vegas, while I was working at Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel at VIP Services. Before I go further: It was a wonderful experience. Days before the Holiday, the entire hotel, restaurants and casino are decorated with colorful, gold and red ornaments. At the Front Desk, VIP lounges, Baccarat, Slot machines rooms…There was a Kumquat tree, a little tree with small citrus plant. It tastes like an orange, sweet and very bitter. Many important casino players would give a “favorite” employee or employees that would give good service, a little red envelope with some money in it. Some players were very generous. Chinese love to play in the casino, they are very strong players. So having chinese casino hosts were a big asset to an establishment in Las Vegas. I believe it was on a Saturday at 3:00 o’clock: The Dragon dance. The large colorful Dragon would dance and walk through the entire casino. This gave many guests a great impact. After all, the majority of the guests during that time, would stay in Las Vegas for that purpose: To enjoy the Chinese New Year. Important well known singers would arrive from China and give concerts. Those events were fully booked and it was impossible to get extra tickets.
This was my experience, so now I would like to give you some recipes that I have accumulated over the year. For some of you, might be not as authentic, but I tried.

Recipe 1: Mapo Doufu

1 pak Tofu, the hard one.
ground meat (half pork, half beef) total 300 to 400g.
1 green onion, chopped
1 tsp ginger, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 tsp Toubanja (hot, spicy chilli paste)
sesame oil
1/6 cup bouillon or vegetable stock
2tsp sugar
1 TBSP soy sauce
1 tsp black bean paste
1tsp cornstarch (mixed with a little water, at the end before serving, to bind liquid)

1. in oil and sesame oil caramelize onions, ginger, clove, then add meat, brown it.
2. add all the ingredients, except tofu. mix well.
3. add tofu, cut in cubes, mix, until all blended.
4. add cornstarch, mix well, serve immediately.
5. details on how to prepare, go to my page at Facebook: Delicioso y Divertido.

Hope you like it.
Susana Kawai @ Delicioso y Divertido

My Recipe 2: Kung Pao Chicken:

My Recipe 3: Steamed Fish:

My Recipe 4: Stir fry Bok Choy

Kung Hei Fat Choi
Susana Kawai @ Delicioso y Divertido


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