There is much symbolism in this two week celebration. Families will decorate their houses with branches of quince or plum blossoms. They set out bowls of tangerines with leaves or oranges to bring good luck, wealth, and long lasting relationships. Children wish their elders prosperity for the new year, and in return they will receive lucky red envelopes filled with money.
Many foods served during the new year have auspicious meanings. In this easy recipe for bok choy, green vegetables symbolize growth in business. A garnish of red chiles scares away evil demons and brings luck. JADE Sichuan Peanut Sauce spices up the flavor
Baby Bok Choy with Jade Sichuan Peanut Sauce
Baby bok choy, also known as Shanghai bok choy, are small heads with broad green stems and leaves. Lightly brown the cut side of the heads, and then add water and steam. Or if you like, omit the oil and simply add vegetable and water to hot pan, cover and pan steam.
Makes 4 servings8 to 10 ounces baby bok choy 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (optional) 1/3 cup water 2 to 3 tablespoons Jade Sichuan Peanut Sauce or Jade Sesame Soy Marinade, or to taste Cilantro leaves (optional) Chopped fresh or pickled red chiles or red bell pepper (optional)
1. Cut the bok choy lengthwise in halves or quarters to make sections about 1 inch thick at base. Soak in water for a few minutes, than swish around to dislodge dirt. Drain.
2. Set a 12-inch frying pan over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add oil and rotate pan to spread oil. Place bok choy, cut-side down, in pan. Add water. Cover and cook until bok choy is barely tender to bite, about 3 minutes. Drain off excess water, if present, and arrange the bok choy on a serving dish. Drizzle with JADE Sichuan Peanut Sauce to taste. Sprinkle with cilantro leaves and red chiles, if desired.