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It's Chinese New Year!
Host a colorful and classic homemade feast

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Celebration Shrimp Fried Rice
Mongolian Beef
Chicken & Vegetable Chow Mein
Lucky Sweet & Sour Pork

(Family Features) - The holidays may be over, but the feasting is just beginning! Why not get together for an authentic-style banquet at home? It's easier than you think. Just follow these simple tips from the kitchens at Kikkoman, the world's leading manufacturer of Asian sauces and seasonings.

Set the date

Choose an evening and invite friends for a traditional New Year's banquet. Pick a weekend night, so you'll have plenty of time to prepare. You can assign a few items for guests to bring, such as fortune cookies, dessert, sparkling wine, beer or sparkling cider.

Set the mood

Symbols and colors are an important part of Chinese New Year celebrations. A round table signifies wholeness. Red and gold represent good fortune and prosperity. Decorate the room and the table with red and gold accents, from paper lanterns to table linens, candles, gold confetti, gold-coin candies and red lacquered chopsticks, as well as traditional oranges or tangerines. Buy special red envelopes (lai see) at a Chinese stationery store and include a message, chocolate coins or a ticket for a fun door prize inside.

Bring on the food

Choose a menu that can be mostly made in advance, like the classic-style favorites included here. You can serve individual courses, or set everything out as a bountiful buffet. Either way, you'll find that these recipes are authentic-tasting, thanks to Kikkoman sauces - expertly blended and balanced for perfect flavor.

Celebrate!

Chinese New Year is all about wrapping up the old year and welcoming a bright future, filled with good things, good times and good food. Keep it light, fun and festive and you can't go wrong. Gung Hay Fat Choy! Here's to a year of good fortune.

For more Chinese New Year entertaining tips and recipes, download Kikkoman's official Chinese New Year Celebration Guide at www.kikkomanusa.com.

Celebration Shrimp Fried Rice

Ingredients
  • 6 green onions and tops, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch lengths, separating whites from tops
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 cups cold cooked long-grain rice
  • 1/2 pound medium-size cooked shrimp
  • 3 tablespoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

Preparation
    1. Stir-fry whites of green onions, peas and carrots in hot oil in wok or large skillet over medium-high heat 1 minute. Add green onion tops and egg; scramble.
    2. Stir in rice and shrimp, cook until heated, gently separating grains.
    3. Combine remaining ingredients; pour over rice. Cook and stir until well mixed.

Serves
Makes 4 to 5 servings

Mongolian Beef

Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless beef top sirloin
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons Kikkoman Hoisin Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 bunches green onions, cut into 1-1/2-inch lengths, separating whites from tops, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Mongolian Sauce*
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seed, toasted

Preparation
    1. Cut beef across grain into thin strips. Combine next 4 ingredients; stir in beef. Let stand 15 minutes. Stir-fry half of beef in 1 table-spoon hot oil in wok or large skillet over high heat 1 minute; remove. Repeat cooking procedure with remaining beef and 1 tablespoon oil; remove. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same pan. Add whites of green onions, garlic, ginger and red pepper; stir-fry 1 minute. Stir in green onion tops. Add beef and Mongolian Sauce. Cook, stirring, until sauce boils and thickens. Sprinkle with sesame seed before serving.
    2. *Mongolian Sauce: Combine 1/3 cup water, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch, 2-1/2 tablespoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce, 1 tablespoon dry sherry and 1 teaspoon Kikkoman Hoisin Sauce.

Serves
Makes 4 servings

Chicken & Vegetable Chow Mein

Ingredients
  • 1/4 pound spaghetti
  • 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into thin strips
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/3 cup Kikkoman Stir-Fry Sauce, divided
  • 4 teaspoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 small carrot, julienned
  • 2 stalks celery, cut diagonally into thin slices
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 pound bean sprouts
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil

Preparation
    1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain, rinse and drain thoroughly.
    2. Meanwhile, coat chicken with 1 tablespoon stir-fry sauce and 2 teaspoons soy sauce; let stand 15 minutes.
    3. Stir-fry chicken in 1 tablespoon hot oil in wok or large skillet over high heat 3 minutes, or until done; remove. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same pan. Add carrot; stir-fry 1 minute. Add celery, onion and garlic; stir-fry 3 minutes longer. Stir in bean sprouts, chicken, pasta, remaining 1/3 cup stir-fry sauce, 2 teaspoons soy sauce and pepper.
    4. Cook, stirring, until all ingredients are coated with sauce and pasta is heated through. Remove from heat; stir in sesame oil.

Serves
Makes 4 servings

Lucky Sweet & Sour Pork

Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless pork sirloin, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 3/4 cup Kikkoman Sweet & Sour Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons syrup from jar of maraschino cherries
  • 1 tablespoon Kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1/2 onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, stemmed

Preparation
    1. Combine pork, teriyaki sauce and ginger; let stand 15 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, blend together next 4 ingredients; set aside.
    3. Coat pork with cornstarch. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
    4. Add pork in single layer. Cook 4 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring to separate pieces. Remove pork.
    5. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same pan. Add bell pepper and onion; stir-fry 2 minutes. Add pork, pineapple, cherries and sweet & sour sauce mixture; cook, stirring, until sauce boils.

Serves
Makes 4 to 6 servings

SOURCE: Kikkoman


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