The Chinese New Year is just days away. Will you be celebrating?

Each year my family makes a point to order in Chinese food on or around the Chinese New Year. Let’s face it – being a Mom to two children 4.5 and under – I never have had the time or energy to whip up some traditional Chinese dishes at home. Well unless you count my nontraditional take on Chicken Fried Rice. Most recipes for Chinese food always seem so daunting. I love a challenge in the kitchen, but not one that will tie me down for hours on end.

I can tell you that all this rapidly changed when I was recently introduced to Blue Dragon.

Blue Dragon was was created over thirty years ago when the founder realised there was hardly anything available in the stores that would help people create authentic Asian dishes at home. Blue Dragon has since become a great way to help you create delicious dishes from China, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam.

This year I am able to enjoy quality downtime with my family, but not only that a delicious meal while we celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Chinese Egg Drop Soup

Chinese Egg Drop Soup
Ingredients

  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup tomato, diced (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Blue Dragon Hoisin Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Directions

  1.  In a bowl, combine the corn starch with the water. Stir. Set aside.
  2.  Bring to boil the chicken broth and water in a pot.
  3. Add hoisin sauce, white pepper, salt, ginger, and tomato.
  4. Add in the cornstarch mixture to thicken the soup.
  5. Once thickened, remove soup from heat.
  6. Stir in the beaten eggs into the soup. Be sure to stir soup in the same direction while adding the eggs.
  7. Cover the pot with lid, and let set for 2 minutes while the eggs cook and form into silken threads.
  8. Serve.

Chinese Chicken Curry

Chinese Chicken Curry
Ingredients

For marinade:

  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp Blue Dragon Hoisin Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Blue Dragon Oyster Sauce

For curry sauce:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 jar Blue Dragon Chinese Curry Cooking Sauce
  • Rice

Directions

  1. Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl. Place chicken in the dish. Marinade your chicken breasts overnight in the refrigerator or for a minimum of 4 hours prior to cooking.
  2. Heat the EVOO to pan, add diced chicken breasts and stir fry meat until cooked through. Approx. 5 minutes.
  3. Add veggies and stir fry. Approx. 2 to 5 minutes (depending on the consistency and crispness you would like your veggies to be).
  4. Add sauce and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve with rice.

To view other recipes like the ones mentioned above, check out the Blue Dragon Canada website.

A great conversation to be had while you enjoy tantalizing taste buds with the above-mentioned dishes would be to discuss your Chinese Zodiac Sign with your family! My family is made up of a rat, dog, ox, and rabbit. Soon we will also have a horse to add to our pre-existing zoo.

That’s right — this year is the year of the horse!

If this is your sign, here is a little more information you might enjoy:

Horse
Born in: 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014 

It’s so lovely to be around you, Horse! You’re genial, friendly, physically attractive, very social and generally popular because you put people at ease. Not only are you charming, but you’re also known as a hard worker. Easily bored, you sometimes act on impulse—usually to the delight of others, because you’re a definite crowd-pleaser. 

Colour: Red 

Strengths and weaknesses: Your excellent work ethic will pay off in spades but may also make you greedy and selfish. Highly intelligent, deep down that translates as a bit cunning. 

Compatibility: You are compatible with the Tiger and the Dog, but not so much the Ox.  – Source: Canadian Living

Do you know what your Chinese Zodiac Sign is?

Disclosure: I am part of the Blue Dragon Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada. I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are 100% my own.

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