Our Lunar New Year contest came to a close last night, and picking a winner was no easy feat. You guys really raised the quality bar for Kitchenbowl recipes this time around, and also showed us the true meanings of "festive" and "feast" — as well as creativity. We've announced the winner and runner-ups below, as well as compiled a list of a few other notable recipes. Enjoy!
Team Kitchenbowl wishes everyone a happy new year! We hear eating fish and ingot-shaped dumplings bring good fortune, noodles brings longevity, and tang yuan brings everyone together — but you guys can let us know if that's true or not ;).
Tang yuan (glutinous rice balls) is the quintessential Chinese New Year dish because it's also a homophone for union (tuan yuan), representing how families come together for the new year. As @harukohayakawa writes on her Instagram, "I'm Japanese so my family doesn't celebrate Lunar New Year but I do celebrate Chinese New Year with my fiance's family. I wanted to come up with something that was a fusion of two food cultures. Something that symbolizes the unity of two different cultures that make up my fiancé and I's relationship. So, I came up with a Zenzai inspired take on Tang Yuan." We love what you've created — congrats on winning!
Tteokguk is a traditional Korean dish eaten during the celebration of the Korean New Year, believed to grant good fortune and help you gain a year of age. However, @misshangrypants added something extra to spice up her dish: kimchi dumplings!
@bridgetlcooks writes that Bakwan kepiting is a Peranakan meatball dish made with fresh pork and crabmeat, simmered in a pork and chicken broth. You've got us drooling! Head on over to her recipe to see how to make it for yourself!
Not quite ready to go all-out Asian? Why don't we start with some familiar sweets, like ice-cream and bread pudding?
Want to go traditional? We've got recipes for that, too.
Our very own @jackipy shows us how to make traditional Chinese dumplings from scratch, in this 16-step recipe also showcasing our newest feature: video clips! We'll be releasing a recording functionality in our next update, so stay tuned!
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