Kung Pao Vegetables
Did you know Chinese New Year is celebrated by ¼ of the world’s population throughout 12 Asian countries? This number doesn’t even include celebrations from other places, including right here in the United States! The Chinese New Year is also commonly known as the Spring Festival. This year’s festivities begin on February 5 and end with the Lantern Festival on February 19. We’re ready to celebrate with some delicious Kung Pao Noodles!
Chinese New Year Fun Facts:
Similar to many of our beloved holidays, food is an important part of Chinese culture and pride. And this New Year’s Eve meal is no exception! Chinese New Year is typically enjoyed with family and friends and is always a feast of many symbolic dishes;
- Dumplings: out with the old, in with the new
- Spring rolls: celebrating the coming of Spring
- Long noodle dishes: AKA golden silk, representing prosperity and longevity
- Tofu: signifying happiness and wealth
The above are some plant-based favorites. Many favorite Chinese recipes can easily be plant-based, and still filling and satisfying, by eliminating the meat from the dish.
Our recipe uses cooked thin spaghetti as a base, with a colorful, spicy, and extremely popular, American/Chinese restaurant favorite poured over top: Kung Pao Vegetables. We know, your mouths are already watering! This specific recipe includes Chinese eggplant, green long beans, and baby bok choy (a fan favorite), with cubed tofu. Lastly, roasted peanuts for crunch and extra protein – because who doesn’t love a little extra crunch!
Another version of Kung Pao Vegetables might include gai lan, Chinese celery, broccoli or any vegetable, Asian or not. You can play around with the recipe and make it your own!
What makes Kung Pao so beloved is the spicy kick of the chiles and the crunch of the nuts that the flavorful, classic sauce ties together deliciously. For dessert, make it simple and keep the good fortune coming with some fresh, seasonal, symbolic citrus, like tangerines, oranges, kumquats, and pumelos. Most of all, embrace the culture and enjoy the celebration, we know we will!