Happy Lunar New Year! Celebrate this special day with a recipe from Hong Kong Disneyland!
The Lunar New Year or Spring Festival celebrates the beginning of Spring and the promise of hope and new beginnings. In China, it’s tradition to get together and have Lo Hei (tossing up good fortune) with your family and friends.
An interesting fact is that each ingredient of the Lo Hei has special significance for the upcoming year like good fortune, eternal youth, prosperity or strong ties with family and friends. So while making it, everyone joins in and toss and mix the ingredients while saying hopeful well wishes out loud for good luck! We love this!
For this recipe from Hong Kong Disneyland, chefs are sharing their version of Lo Hei that includes ramen noodles, smoky salmon, briny abalone, prawns, and shredded vegetables with sesame and chili soy sauce. Sounds delicious!
LO HEI WITH SESAME AND CHILI SOY SAUCE
- 1 medium (200 grams) seedless cucumber, julienne (1 1/4 cups)
- 3 large (220 grams) carrots, julienne (1 cup)
- 1 small (60 grams) Japanese turnip, julienne (2/3 cup)
- 1/4 cup (40 grams) thinly sliced seaweed of assorted colors
- 6 ounces (160 grams) prawn with shell
- 8 ounces (240 grams) ramen noodles
- 12 ounces (360 grams) sliced smoked salmon
- 5 ounces (160 grams) drained canned abalone (16 pieces)
Chili Soy Sauce
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) vegetable oil
- 3/4 tsp (4 grams) garlic paste
- 1 small (4 grams) red chili pepper, julienne
- 1/3 cup (75 ml) sweet soy sauce
- 3/4 cup (175 ml) roasted bottled sesame salad dressing
- 1 cup (60 grams) small rice crackers
- 1/2 cup (40 grams) fried shallots
For Lo Hei
- Wash julienned cucumber, carrot, turnip, and seaweed in cold water. Drain and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Bring large pot of water to boil. Add prawn and cook for 5 minutes, until they turn pink and curl. Remove with slotted spoon and place in cold water. Drain, then remove shells. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Bring large pot of water to boil. Add ramen noodles and cook 5 minutes, until soft. Drain and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Fold sliced smoked salmon into rings. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Rinse canned abalone in cold water. Drain and refrigerate until ready to serve.
For Chili Soy Sauce
- Heat vegetable oil in small skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes, until hot. Add garlic paste and red chili pepper and saute 5 minutes, until peppers are soft. Add soy sauce and remove from heat.
- Cool to room temperature before serving.
- Pour chili soy sauce and roasted sesame dressing in separate small bowls.
- Place shredded vegetables and noodles on the bottom of large plate. Top with prawn, smokes salmon and abalone.
- Sprinkle with rice crackers and fried shallots. Drizzle with chili soy sauce and roasted sesame salad dressing and toss to mix.
Enjoy this recipe from Hong Kong Disneyland and we hope you have a great Lunar New Year!
Credit: Disney Parks
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