Updated: Nov 14
Much of Asia, and Asian communities around the world, celebrate the Lunar New Year. It is a time of families coming together and feasting. Dependent on where you are from any number of delights might be enjoyed. Dumplings, a mixed communal hot pot, mandarin oranges and vegetable dishes are all part of the feasting tradition.
In Asian cultures, foods or ingredients can have particular significance. Some Buddhist households prepare a vegetarian dish the night before the new year and are vegetarian on the first day of the Chinese New Year to earn good karma.
Other households celebrate on the 7th Day of Chinese New Year - RenRi 人日, ‘People’s Day’. On this date everyone has a shared birthday, growing older by one year. They might enjoy the 7 Vegetables Dish.
After 7 days of feasting, time for a plant based detox day of greens! There are no fixed ingredients but 7 is the number. Stir-fried, steam-fried or lightly cooked in stock. Some people may add pork lard during the initial stage of frying, others not.
One issue to address, in the busy markets prior to the holiday shutdown, is finding 7 different vegetables. There are plenty of options but don't wait too late least they sell out.
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Spring Onion / Scallion
However you may celebrate, wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Felicia and Alastair
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