This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Keep reading for my recipe for Pan Fried Chinese Cod, information about the Chinese New Year and delicious Ling Ling products to help you celebrate.
Chinese New Year was mostly foreign to me until I started working for an international company. Part of my job is to deal with imports from China. I have always simply assumed that most places celebrated the new year on January first, but I got a huge surprise when our Shanghai branch sent out a holiday shut down notice in late January. My colleagues were quick to school me on the religious and cultural aspects of the Chinese New Year. I’ve always enjoyed the cuisine, and it’s nice to have some background on the country and at least one of their holidays too.
Why They Celebrate
Like many American holidays, the Chinese New Year is celebrated by different people for a variety of reasons. It has been celebrated for centuries, and of course, has evolved over time. How you see the Chinese New Year celebrated in one area of China may vary widely from what you will see in another. In general, the holiday (or festival) is a time to celebrate your religion, your family and prepare for a prosperous new year. Homes are decorated and cleaned thorough prior to the new year (to sweep away ill fortune), but never swept on New Year’s Day. You wouldn’t want to sweep away your good fortune! Stepping into new shoes on New Year’s morning signifies starting the year off on the right foot. There are numerous other traditions and customs too, but my favorite revolve around food.
Here in America, at least in the South, collard greens and black-eyed peas are traditional New Year’s fare. For us, they signify wealth and good fortune ahead. For the Chinese, there are even more food related cultural beliefs. We started celebrating the New Year early with a meal of Pan Fried Chinese Cod and Drunken Noodles (recipe below). Fish represents an increase in prosperity, while the noodles represent happiness and longevity. What more could you ask for in the New Year? Other food related lore include eating dumplings and spring rolls for wealth, Tangyuan (sweet rice balls) for family togetherness, Good Fortune Fruit for fullness & wealth, and Niangao (glutinous rice cake) for a higher income or higher position.
Ling Ling Drunken Noodles are delicious every day, but they are also the perfect way to incorporate noodles (happiness and longevity) into your Chinese New Year celebration. There are two traditional Asian varieties to choose from – Drunken Noodles and Yakisoba Noodles. We paired our Pan Fried Chinese Cod with Ling Ling Drunken Noodles. Delicious sauces, succulent proteins, and vegetables in every bite make these authentic Asian noodles hard to beat! Better yet, they are freezer to plate in under 10 minutes! Marinade your cod ahead of time and you can prepare both dishes at the same time, putting your full Chinese New Year meal on the table in 10 minutes!
- 1/2 LB Cod
- 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1 Tbsp Honey
- 1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice
- 1 tsp Sriracha
- 2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
- Ling Ling Drunken Noodles
- Cut cod into 1 inch chunks.
- Mix soy, honey, Chinese Five Spice and Sriracha in a bowl.
- Toss cod in soy mixture and allow to marinade for 5-10 minutes.
- Heat Sesame oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat.
- Add marinaded cod and pan fry.
- Turn each cod piece gently after about 2 minutes of cooking.
- Cook for an additional two minutes and turn again.
- Continue cooking the cod until cooked through, turning as necessary (ideally making sure to have a new side against the pan each time). This should only take 6-8 minutes, but can vary with cooktop temperatures.
- Meanwhile, prepare Ling Ling Drunken Noodles according to package directions.
- Remove cod from pan and serve warm with Ling Ling Drunken Noodles
Travel To Asia Without Flying
Ling Ling foods takes you right to Asia. It’s like being there, without the whole airport experience. Ling Ling’s recipes are sourced directly from travel to the continent to collect recipes from China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand, allowing you to experience everything that Asian cuisine has to offer.
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