03 February 2011

Gung Hei Fat Choy!

Today is the 2011 Chinese New Year! 
...and also the Year of the Rabbit :)

According to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves.  It is a time for negotiation.  Don't force issues, because if you do you will likely fail.  To gain the greatest benefits, focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and your relationships with women and children.  Make it a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle, so you'll be able to calmly deal with problems that arise.

So why not celebrate the Chinese New Year with an Asian Stir-fry!

Chinese Chicken and Rice Stir-fry 
created by Snacking Squirrel

3 oz chicken breast or tofu
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup chopped broccoli
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/2 cup sliced carrot
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup baby bok choy
5-6 slices cooked lotus root
1/4 cup frozen green peas

1. Cube and cook your chicken or tofu in a wok with a little oil or water
2. Add in the peas, celery, carrots, and sauce (recipe below)
3. Cook over medium-high heat, with or without a cover
3. Next add in the rest of the veggies, along with the cooked lotus root
4. Lastly, mix in the cooked brown rice and eat!

Black Soybean Sauce
created by Snacking Squirrel

1/8 cup lemon juice
1/8 cup black soybeans
1 Tbsp soy sauce 
1 Tbsp cream cheese
Dash stevia or sweetener

Simply blend everything together in a food processor

Makes one large serving or two smaller ones

If you've never seen a lotus root, this is what it looks like. 
Such a beautiful root vegetable. The taste/texture reminds
 me of a cross between a potato and water chestnuts!

 You should be able to find it at any Asian Specialty Store


Unknown said... [reply]

i love the texture of chestnuts, so i'd probably enjoy lotus roots!! Mmm

Rach said... [reply]

Xin ni hao ya!

(Happy New Year!)

Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said... [reply]

I need to try lotus root then, since I love both potato and water chestnuts! YUM! Your stirfry looks delicious!

chow and chatter said... [reply]

this looks great love fried rice

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said... [reply]

oooh how awesome does that lotus root look!

Carrie (Carrie on Vegan) said... [reply]

What a beautiful stir-fry! I haven't heard of the lotus root, but what a pretty veggie it is. Happy new year to you too! :)

Geraldine said... [reply]

The lotus root is so unusual looking. I don't like potatoes but I do like water chestnuts - risky! :-0

Alex@Spoonful of SUgar Free said... [reply]

Happy Chinese New Year!!!!!! Are you the year of the rabbit?

I want to try a lotus root! So intriguing!!!

Hayley said... [reply]

Gorgeous stir fry :) I love them. I want to try making a soy and cow dairy free version, maybe with black beans and goat cheese! I'm sure the sauce would taste different but probably still good.
I've only ever tried lotus root in a dried form, and I reconstituted it. It was super expensive and it didn't even taste good, because it was a dried vegetable. I should have added it to soup instead of just trying to eat it as is. And I will have to try the fresh version now! Everything is always better fresh anyway.
Happy Chinese New Year love!

Molly @ MollyRunsFresh said... [reply]

That lotus root looks like tasty little wheels haha. Stirfry sounds amazing but I just got a tooth pulled so only cold foods. :(
Thanks for all the Chinese New Year info... who woulda thunk it? I think my animal is the monkey so it's not my year yet!

Anonymous said... [reply]

I need to get me some perty lotus root =)

Bee said... [reply]

Oh gosh! I've never seen lotus root before! The look purrty :)

Unknown said... [reply]

happy chinese new year! Love lotus root, its so pretty!

Christin@purplebirdblog said... [reply]

I definitely want to try that lotus root... especially with your description of it!

lequan said... [reply]

your stir fry looks wonderful, Kelsey. i love that you used lotus root in this. your descrption of the taste is dead on. never heard it described like that before. great job with the dish.

Sonia said... [reply]

Lotus root is so beautiful! I have never had it... PS I posted your (modified because I didn't have chocolate) muffin recipe and linked to you!

Unknown said... [reply]

Thank you so much for the sweet comment :-) I completely agree....The Office, Modern family AND my mama all make me a very happy girl! I don't know much about Chinese astrology, but I do know I'm a rabbit! Hopefully that means good things for me.

Chelsea said... [reply]

A calming year? Score!

The lotus root has such a pretty shape! It reminds me of paper snowflakes or something.

Sarah B @ Bake + Bike said... [reply]

Wow I forgot it was the Chinese New Year today, and I'm half Chinese. Whoops.

I have never had lotus root, it is neat-looking! The soybean sauce sounds so good.

Mandi said... [reply]

Yum, that stir fry looks great! I've never tried lotus root, but I love water chestnuts so I'm sure I'd like it.

Stephanie said... [reply]

I love lotus root! I think it's beautiful...and I have a thing for beautiful food. I'd love to share that stir-fry!

Missy said... [reply]

Thanks for the incentive! I have been meaning to try sunchoke and lotus root (are they the same?) I just need to get my boot to the Korean mart...~Missy

Natalie @ cinnamonbums said... [reply]

yay i love chinese new year, such a great time to enjoy a LARGE FESTIVE meal with family. im sad im not home for it this year but i did eat an ENTIRE deep-fried salmon tail at a gastropub so that counts as a festive meal.. haha

i LOVE lotus root.. the best kind is actually a korean dish where its both sweet and spicy.. so yummy

:Deliciously Healthy said... [reply]

Looks delish!

Anonymous said... [reply]

Interesting, I have yet to try lotus root. It sounds delish :)


lynn said... [reply]

good job! happy new year!

maria @ chasing the now said... [reply]

Thanks for sharing what year of the rabbit means. I'm heading to Chinatown in Yokohama this weekend to celebrate! :)

Lauren said... [reply]

so relieved, for a minute I thought you were cooking rabbit. Stir fry sounds much better. I've never cooked with lotus root but I will now.

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said... [reply]

Lotus root is so cool!!! I want to find one to cook with.

Krista said... [reply]

I have GOT to try a lotus root! So pretty...

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