Chicken with yellow bean sauce and prawn fried rice is a delicious Chinese meal that is easy to make.
Chinese New Year has dawned, the year of the monkey. Specifically 2016 is the year of the fire monkey. People born in this year are meant to be ambitious and adventurous, but irritable.
The Chinese New Year celebrations span sixteen days. New year’s eve was meant to bring a mythical beast called the Nian who ate livestock, crops and people. A wise man figured out the Nian was scared of the colour red and loud noise. To prevent the Nian entering the house red scrolls and lanterns were placed at doors and windows and food was left outside the house.
New years day was celebrated with the ringing of bells at midnight on new year’s eve to drive bad luck away. Fireworks and firecrackers are also set off to scare the Nian away.
The new years celebrations continue until the lantern festival marks the end of the Spring celebrations, lanterns are sent into the sky and set adrift on lakes. It must be quite a sight. A couple of years ago we visited China town during the festivities and tried to catch a glimpse of the dragon dance which was good fun.
Recently Wing Yip got in touch with me and asked if I would like to try out some of their products and get creative in the New Year. Wing Yip make a range of authentic sauces to help you create quick and easy Chinese meals at home. While I love to make meals from scratch using a sauce allows you to make cook more quickly without having to search your cupboards for the correct spice. I decided to cook up a Chinese feast for Chinese new year.
I decided to try out two of the sauces and make chicken with yellow bean sauce and prawn fried rice. The fried rice was really simple to make. First I boiled some rice and left it to cool. In a large pan I sautéed some onions then added some prawns and peas. I then added the rice and heated until everything was warm. To finish I added a couple of spoonfuls of Wing Yip fried rice sauce and stirred it though. The sauce is basically soy sauce with added garlic, ginger, black pepper and one or two other ingredients. The sauce makes the rice taste more authentic.
The chicken in yellow bean sauce was onions, garlic, yellow peppers, mange-tout and chicken stir fried in a wok. I then added the yellow bean sauce to them with a little water. I allowed the sauce to simmer until it thickened and then served both dishes together.
I did wonder what yellow bean sauce was and found out that it is a purée made from soy beans left over after making soy sauce. It does taste nice and the two dishes went together really well. A perfect feast for Chinese New Year.
Did you do anything to celebrate Chinese new year? Were there any celebrations in your town?
If you are interested in other Chinese dishes then you could also try a Chinese curry which is easy to make and tasty.