Are you ready for the year of the snake? I hope so because the Chinese New Year begins on Sunday, February 10. The New Year is one of the most important and lively holidays celebrated in China and by people of Chinese descent all across the world.
The festive holiday is often marked by parades, kids lighting firecrackers, parents giving their children lucky money in red envelopes, and, of course, a New Year’s Eve family feast. The feast often includes traditional Chinese dishes like dumplings, whole chicken, fish, turnip cakes, fruit and noodles. The holiday is also marked by traditional symbols of good luck and prosperity like the color red and the number 8.
To honor the Chinese New Year (and because noodles also remind me a little of snakes), I am sharing my easy recipe for Chinese Noodles with Greens, which I created many years ago with my friend Lisa Flaxman. In Chinese tradition, the noodles should remain uncut to symbolize long life.
If you want to prepare a Chinese New Year feast of your own, you may also want to try these recipes: