2011 is the Year of the Metal Rabbit!
Chinese New Year starts today and is an important time for reflection, rejuvenation, and new beginnings! After the ferocity of last year’s Tiger, the new Rabbit year will allow us to catch our breath and calm our nerves. Remedy NYC wants to help you achieve this by alleviating stress & anxiety, relieving pain, and bringing back balance and harmony to your body. We can help you look forward to a peaceful, languid and enjoyable 2011.
Remedy NYC sends you abundant health, immense love and growing prosperity in the upcoming year!
Here is a recipe for a popular Chinese dish often served at new years dinners:
1) Chinese cabbage – 3 stalks.
2) Scallions – 2.
3) Soy sauce – 1 tbsp.
4) Salt – 1 tsp.
5) Cornstarch – 1 tbsp.
6) Pork – 1 lb., lean and grounded.
7) Dumpling wrappers.
1) Finely chop the Chinese cabbage and scallions. Put them in a mixing bowl.
2) Add the soy sauce, salt, cornstarch, and pork. Mix well with a spoon.
3) Drop 1 teaspoon filling on each wrapper. Fold the wrappers into half circles. Moisten the inner edges with water. Press the wrappers together to seal.
4) Pour 2 quarts of water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Drop in the dumplings and cover.
5) Pour in a cup of cold water when the water starts boiling again. Repeat this step two more times. When the water boils for the third time, the dumplings will be done.
6) Mix 1/4 cup soy sauce with 2 tablespoons white vinegar. Serve as dipping sauce with your steamed dumplings. ENJOY!
Symbolism in Food
Food is very important in Chinese culture, especially during the new year celebrations. Here is a short list of some foods typically eaten during the festivities and what they represent:
*Bamboo shoots – wealth
*Black moss seaweed – wealth
*Dried Bean Curd – happiness (note: fresh tofu is not served because the color white symbolizes death and misfortune in Chinese culture).
*Chicken – happiness and marriage (especially when served with “dragon foods,” such as lobster. Family reunion (if served whole)
*Eggs – fertility and wealth
*Fish served whole – prosperity
*Chinese garlic chives – everlasting, a long life
*Lychee nuts – close family ties
*Noodles – longevity and endless good fortune and good luck
*Oranges – wealth
*Peanuts – longevity
*Pomelo – abundance, prosperity, having children
*Seeds – lotus seeds, watermelon seeds, etc., having many children
*Tangerines – luck
Eat Well and Be Happy!