The Chinese New Year is just around the corner and is on February 5th! I love to learn about other cultures to share with my kids! This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Last week I was invited to attend a cooking event with Ling Ling in Seattle and had a blast! Now if you aren’t familiar with Ling Ling you need to be. Now before this night, I had never tried the famous Ling Ling potstickers! If you haven’t tried them you need to run to the store to get for celebrating the Chinese New Year, they are amazing and sooo good!
Now before this night I also had never had Chinese Green Beans or Eggplant of any kind! I had never attended an event like this where we were actively learning to cook. It was felt like being on a cooking show in real life, we were so lucky to be able to learn from Chef Katie Chin. It was amazing to learn so much about cooking and Chinese New Year traditions from her.
Chineses New Year Traditions And Beliefs:
No washing hair- you can wash away your luck for the year
No knives- you may cut out your good luck
No scolding- or you will spend the New Year doing this
New shoe- to start off on the right foot
Red Envelopes- these are given out for 2 weeks straight, in the US many give out the 2 dollar bills since the number 2 is lucky
Tangerines –take tangerines with whole leaves it symbolizes friendships
Whole fish- the whole fish symbolizes abundance
Whole chicken- symbolizes unity, whole means neck and head included
Ground foods and veggies- are served for a year of abundance
Noodles- served long and uncut for long life
Dumplings and potstickers- serve these because it resembles Chinese Ingots from their currency
I was paired up with these two amazing ladies for cooking!! I have to say if you have not taken a cooking class with girlfriends it would be the perfect way to spend a night out! Rachel from Rachel Teodoro is in the middle and on the right is Terumi from Emerald City Life, we all laughed the whole night while cooking and while making our paintings too!
Now we had the chance to make up Chinese Long Beans With Cashews, I just love how easy this dish was to make., I cook often with my kids and I know we will be remaking this with them doing most the cooking. Would you believe that it was just 6 easy ingredients to make this tasty side dish! We love fresh green beans and you can’t go wrong with cashews in a dish.
Next, we made a vegetable I had never eggplant! Chef Katie taught us how to whip Spicy Garlicky Asian Eggplant, I am thankful that we left the chunks of the Red Hot Chili Peppers were large enough to be picked. They added an amazing flavor to the eggplant! I can’t wait to make this again for my kids to try eggplant!
We paired up the green beans and eggplant dishes with potstickers!! I love the tip that Chef Katie gave us to steam the potstickers before pan-frying them. These were the best potstickers I have ever had, they were so tasty! Be sure to learn more about their famous potstickers -> here.
After we were done eating Chef Katie shared with us a fun craft for the Chinese New Year. All of us painted Cherry Blossom trees, all you need is paint, a soda bottle, paintbrush, and paper!
Paint the body of the tree and the branches with your paintbrush. Next, dip the bottle in the pink or dark pink pain to dab the cherry blossoms on to the tree! Isabella was quite mad when she saw my artwork the next day that I made this without her! We will be recreating this again next week and talking more about the Chinese New Years! Both of my younger kids are half Peruvian and can trace their ancestry back to China. It’s been fun to see aspects from the Chinese New Year traditions are present in their Peruvian culture too.
Do you celebrate Chinese New Years??