Monday, January 26, 2009

Jan 26: Happy CNY 2009!

Happy Chinese New Year!
Many wishes of happiness, prosperity and good health for the new year!

Starting off the year with Jai which is a vegetarian dish, also known as, Buddha Delight.

This year I made the dish a little different than last year,

Mainly, due to difficulty finding ingredients and forgetting that Chinese New Year was today! :)

Same as last year...
Lily buds (Golden needles - wealth) - soak to rehydrate
Cloud Ears (Longevity) - soak to rehydrate
Dried Mushrooms - soak to rehydrate
Bamboo Shoots
Carrots - cut into disk
Fried Tofu Puffs
Mung Bean Vermicelli (Longevity) - soak to rehydrate
Soy Bean Sprouts
Snow Peas
Nappa Cabbage

Added this year...
Green Onion
Baby Corn (also known as Tom Hank's Corn)
Brown Sugar

1. Saute onion and garlic with lily buds, mushrooms, cloud ears, bamboo shoots.
2. Add about 1/2 cup water cover, soy sauce and brown sugar and steam for 15 minutes.
3. Add the remaining ingredients to steam about 5 to 10 minutes... adjust seasoning to your taste.

The finished dish: Served with lettuce and rice.

Items I didn't have:
Arrowhead (Market sold out)
Vegetable Broth (Forgot it on my list)

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