Kung Hei Fat Choy!
Easy Chicken Chow Mein Recipe
Chinese Symbol for Happy Chinese New Year (恭禧發財)
Happy Chinese New Year!
How to say Happy Chinese New Year in Chinese?
The most common Chinese ways of saying Happy New Year are Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin) and Gong Hey Fat Choy (Cantonese). Even though the pronunciations are a little different, both are written the same way.
How do you write Happy Chinese New Year in Chinese?
Traditional Chinese: 恭禧發財; Simplified: 恭禧发财.
Gong Xi (恭禧) is congratulations or respectfully wishing one joy.
Fa Cai (發財) is to become rich or to make money.
Thus, Gong Xi Fa Cai means wishing you to be prosperous in the coming year.
Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve. This could be taken metaphorically to mean that a Snake could never have a problem with his family starving because he is such a great mediator, making him good at business. Or it could mean that a Snake would be willing to sacrifice his possessions, something the Snake has a lot of, in order to pay for his family’s food. Any way it is interpreted is representative of the Snake’s character and is a measure of the value he puts on his material wealth. The Snake is keen and cunning, quite intelligent and wise.
Years of the Snake
Snake Years are sixth in the cycle, following the Dragon Years, and recur every twelfth year.
THE SIGN OF THE SNAKE
The Snake is the intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animal Signs. They are attractive people who take cries with ease and do not become flustered easily. They are graceful people, exciting and dark at the same time.
Contemplative and private, the Snake is not outwardly emotional. He can appear cunning and reticent and works very modestly in the business environment. The Snake will plot and scheme to make certain things turn out exactly as they want them to. They are not great communicators and can become quite possessive when they set their minds on achieving the interest of a partner. (http://www.usbridalguide.com/special/chinesehoroscopes/Snake.htm)
A simple recipe to celebrate Chinese New Year and one that is on the table quicker than phoning up for a Chinese Takeaway, my recipe for Chicken Chow Mein is filling and has NO MSG in it, as many take-away dishes often contain. Making a chicken chow mein is easy, as long as you have all of your ingredients prepared and ready for stir-fry take off! I have always added mushrooms to my chow mein, as well as carrots, but peppers are also great veggie additions as well as mini sweetcorn. For a truly authentic way of serving this Chinese take-away classic, serve it in small bowls with chopsticks……and lots of napkins!
Chow Mein or “fried noodles” originated in Northern China. While the chow mein served at take-outs and many American and British Chinese restaurants is designed to appeal to western tastes, it is based on an authentic Chinese dish of fried noodles with vegetables. Whatever the historical background, it makes a quick and tasty meal for all the family and is also packed with some of your five-a-day too. I hope you enjoy my simple recipe, which is below, and all that remains for me to say, is Kung Hei Fat Choy! See you later, and have a great Sunday, Karen
Three other Chinese recipes you might enjoy: