Shrimp dishes are traditionally served during Chinese New Year celebrations to symbolize joy and happiness. This classic dry stir-fry from Grace Young's "Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge" cookbook omits any stock or sauce to create a more concentrated shrimp flavor, with accents of garlic, ginger, chiles, and Szechuan peppercorns.
Mushrooms represent prosperity, while noodles are eaten for longevity in this traditional Chinese New Year dish from Grace Young's "Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge" cookbook. For best results, be sure to preheat your wok, and never overcrowd the pan with too much food.
Cooked in a steamer, these cabbage-encased shrimp rolls become a lighter take on Chinese takeout. The low-fat bites are flavored with scallions, chile, and garlic, and are served with a tangy citrus dipping sauce.
For our homemade Asian wraps, everyone fills warmed tortillas with a drizzle of store-bought hoisin sauce and some sweet-spicy shredded pork. We used regular flour tortillas, but the whole-wheat variety works well, too; figure about two wraps per person. Take care not to overcook the moo shu filling.
The secret to this Chinese version of beef stew, brought to us by Martha's friend Lily Mei, is to cook the meat three times. It's first boiled, then sauteed in a hot wok, and finally simmered until tender.