In Canada and the U.S., thoughts are already turning towards Valentine’s Day, but there’s another special holiday coming even sooner, and it is one of Asia’s biggest celebrations: Lunar New Year! This week, China, Vietnam, Singapore, and Korea are all gearing up to ring in the year of the horse, which starts on January 31st this year.
I’ve experienced the lunar New Year fireworks, food, and festivities of Chinese New Year in Hong Kong once. I got to spend the Têt holiday in Vietnam another year. Both times I was a foreign outsider looking in, yet the atmosphere was amazing to behold. Now we live an ocean away, but I would still like my growing family to become better acquainted with this important holiday and its customs. One of my children was born in Vietnam, and though she doesn’t recall our life there, I think it’s still important to stay connected to that part of our past.
So this year I am collecting recipes and will prepare to celebrate along with my Asian friends, many of whom I am still connected with through Facebook. In fact, I asked my friends from Singapore, China, Korea, and Vietnam to share what special foods they would be eating this week to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The list below includes a few authentic dishes that they mentioned. Have you heard of or tried any of these yet?
Rice Cake Soup and Pineapple Tarts were new to me, but I am eager to try them!
Starting today, I’m hosting a Pinterest party all week long, and I’d love for you to share your renditions of dishes from Asia. Let’s inspire one another to broaden our palates and cultural understanding as we cook and share!
To join the celebration, leave a comment here on this post. Include a link to your Asian-inspired recipe [with photo(s)]. And then what?
- I will pin your link to my Lunar New Year Celebration board on Pinterest.
- Be sure to follow that Pinterest board and see the growing collection of Asian food recipes!
- Pin or repin your favourite recipes!
- See my favorite recipes, which I will feature in an upcoming Lunar New Year recipe round up post on Thursday, January 30th.
So share your links and have fun exploring new dishes you see!