Monday, January 23, 2012

Enter The Dragon!

Gùng héi faat chōi!

SuperFit (he's mastered my signature FU face!) and I are wishing you a very...
恭喜發財 
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As you may or may not know...

Today is Chinese New Year and...

We are celebrating the year of The Dragon, which represents Power and Strength! (SuperFit is a Dragon...of course he is! lol)

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To keep up with FU Family Tradition...

We had a big Chinese feast over the weekend! (It was held at The Masta's house!)

I was happy to see my Aunts, Uncles and Cousins! (It had been a little while!)


When we arrived at The Masta's...

Everything was already chopped & diced up FU all the fine dishes he was about to make! (This saved me from losing another finger tip! lol)


So before you knew it...

The Masta got Wok & Rollin'...

Wokin' with FU.

And...

SuperFit patrolled the area! (To make sure nothing got in his way!)

He took his job very seriously.

Once everything was ready...

The Masta gave us the go-ahead to dig in!

We all lined up FU some Chinese Eats! (My Aunt and Uncle also brought some traditional dishes FU us to feast on!)

These mushrooms were amazing!!!!
I was determined to replicate this dish after tasting it!

As SuperFit patiently waited his turn...

FU I'm hungry FU.

Everyone was filling up their plates!


Mine ended up looking like this...

Salmon, Chicken, Beef, Bok Choy and Mushrooms.

As soon as we were done eating...

A bunch of satisfied FU's!

It was time FU dessert! (Yes, we all had room FU something sweet!)

Dessert please!

There were two options...

1. Chocolate Fondue (The Masta's staple dessert)

Bananas are the best FU dipping in your chocolate!

And/or...

2. A Traditional Sweet Red Bean Soup (if you didn't know, the color red signifies happiness and luck in Chinese Tradition...making this soup a popular one! Also, you may have noticed I've been using lots of red colors throughout this post! There's a reason FU that! lol) 

My Aunt V. made it!

As I assumed my Chocolate Fondue Making Role (It's my duty as a FU!)...

I may or may not have dipped my finger.

The Masta warmed and served the Red Bean Soup!


Once we were done indulging  in these great desserts...

We spent the evening talking until we called it a night!

**Traditionally, a red envelope is handed out during Chinese New Year. In it is what we call Lucky Money. I always liked this tradition! ;)** 

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The next evening (last night)...

SuperFit and I had a Chinese Feast of our own! (We invited another couple over to celebrate! But only one could make it due to illness. Boo, I know!)

I took out my China (literally)!

As my goal was to replicate my Aunt's Mushroom Dish...

We went to the Chinese Grocery Store to FUel up on some essentials! (Yes, we braved the craziness!!!)

Let's go!
It's surprising we picked a sauce out of the 100s available.
Actually, no. I knew which one I wanted lol
Fish Balls.
Used FU Chinese Fondue!
Lucky *CaNdY*
I used to eat these as a kid all the time!
My basket of Chinese Groceries :)

As soon as we got home...

I got to cooking!

First...

I started with the Mushrooms! (Hoping they'd turn out! lol)

I was told to get the dry mushrooms in the medium price range!
They can get very expensive!!!

I soaked them FU about 45 minutes! (But overnight would have been better!)


I then threw them in a heated Wok and crossed my fingers FU good things to come! (I got the gist of what the recipe called FU based on my asking the evening prior. The measurements I used were at random lol If you're looking to make it...try this recipe!)


Once cooked...

I had SuperFit try it! (He fell in love with this dish at our Family dinner! He was excited when I said I'd try to make it!)

Both of us agreed it was really good but next time...

We'd buy the Mushrooms without the stem! (I will also soak them overnight as per my Uncle/Aunt's suggestion!)


The other dishes I made were:

**Note: I made these specially FU Chinese New Year, so be mindful of the ingredients (re: sauces) I used if you're wanting to try out the recipes shared below. Use of the ingredients listed are entirely up to you. This was a 'special occasion meal' and was enjoyed as such :)**

1. A Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry...

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. Sliced Beef;
  • 2 1/2 cups Broccoli;
  • Spray Olive Oil (or 1tsp. Olive Oil);
  • 1 tbsp. Minced Ginger Root;
  • 1/4 cup Water; and
  • 1 1/2 tbsp PC Korean BBQ Sauce.

Instructions:

- Heat your Olive Oil over medium/high heat in a medium sized pan or wok. Add Ginger.
- Add Broccoli, then Water. Cook for about 5-7 minutes.
- Add Beef then Sauce.
- Mix sauce around until evenly spread.
- Cook until desired Beef preparedness.


And...

2. A Chicken and Bell Pepper Stir-Fry...

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. Sliced Chicken;
  • 2 diced Large Bell Peppers (colors of choice);
  • Spray Olive Oil (or 1tsp. Olive Oil);
  • 1 tbsp. Minced Ginger Root; and
  • 1 tbsp. Vegetarian Sauce or Hoisin sauce (you can usually find these at your local grocers in the International aisle); and
  • 1 tsp. Vietnamese Chili Garlic Sauce (optional).

Instructions: 

- Heat your Olive Oil over medium/high heat in a medium sized pan or wok. Add Ginger.
- Add Diced Bell Peppers and cook for about  5-6 minutes.
- Add Chicken then Sauce (including Hot Sauce - optional).
- Mix sauce around until evenly spread.
- Cook until Chicken is done.

Oh...

And I also made some rice! 

Once it was all ready to serve...


I put the dishes on the table and we all dug in!


FU dessert...

We shared a bowl of Dragon Eyes! (I can't promise you'll spit fire after eating them!)

And just so you know...

There's a process to eating these...

You don't eat the outer shell.
Trust me, I've seen this done!
Peel it!
Make sure to bite into it first..that way you can peel more easily..
Then put it in your mouth and enjoy the sweet juices.
Be sure not to eat the seed though!
Too complicated FU SuperFit ;)

After a great weekend celebrating Chinese New Year with Family and Friends...

Tonight was spent at the gym doing...

1. A Chest Workout; and
2. A Spin class!

Let's just say...

I had lots of FUel to burn after my celebration eats! ;)

Once again...

Gùng héi faat chōi!

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If you're looking FU some Chinese Dishes to try out...

Check out these sites FU recipe ideas: 


Questions FU you...

1. Are you celebrating Chinese New Year?
2. If so, what are you doing/cooking?!

Stay Tuned FU more on *CaNdY FiT*

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