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34. Make a Wish on
East of the Sun and
West of the Moon 

Renny Darling

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 East of the Sun & West of the Moon
A Chinese New Year Banquet


Lamb Dumplings Lime Dipping Sauce
Chinese Cucumber Salad

 Main Courses
Kung Pao Chicken with Peanuts
Eggplant with Ground Pork
Chicken with Tangerine Sauce

Chinese Steamed Whole Red Snapper

 Vegetable Fried Rice

Vanilla Ice Cream with
Apricot or Peach Puree
Butter Almond Cookies


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Chinese Banquet Menu

Chinese Banquet Menu


Dear Fans,

There are so many traditions attached to the Chinese New Year and so many customs attached to their foods.

If I said, "Make a wish during this Chinese New Yeaar"... what would you wish for?  Health? Happiness? ... maybe Wealth?  Success?...Long Life?  Or perhaps a little bit of each.

 Did you know that according to tradition, all good things will be bestowed upon you, if you serve a whole fish at the New Year Feast.  The whole fish signifies success, long life and good fortune.  

 Each year signifies different characteristics ... steadfastness, stability, strength, kindness, generosity, forgiveness and the like.

This is a  Menu with several options.  Depending on your time frame and the number of guests you are inviting, you have many dishes to choose from.  The dishes all go well together so choose one, two or three as the spirit moves you.

The Lamb Dumplings served with the Cucumber Salad is an excellent starter.  If you can find the Chinese cucumbers, they are sweet and delicious.  If you cannot, then use very thinly sliced salad cucumbers.

Each of the dishes have "Notes for Advance Preparation."  I feel it is a popular misconception that all Chinese dishes must be prepared at the last minute.  If that were the case, then no one who prepares a Chinese meal would ever be with his/her guests during a dinner party.  As most Chinese dishes cook quickly in a wok, then you can stir-fry these dishes in minutes ... just follow the advance preparations.  I do believe that with good planning, and having all the ingredients and sauces ready and measured, you can still enjoy dinner with your  guests.

So, toast to good health in the New Year with long life, good fortune and good happenings for all.  This dinner is a perfect beginning.

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 Chinese Banquet Menu

Enjoy with Love,
Renny Darling



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