I love Asian culture, food, languages, costumes, and decor. So Chinese New Year tends to be a favorite of mine. Starting with the food.
We have four Chinese restaurants in my little town; Dynasty, Golden Star, Moon Palace, and Fortune Star and all are favorites and each for different reason. Each one has a “star” dish that I love to order each time I go.
I can make a meal of a big bowl of hot and sour soup and cream cheese wontons.
Forty years ago, I took Chinese cooking lessons at the House of Rice in the University District of Seattle. My specialities were BBQ Pork, Wonton Soup, Fried Pork-Stuffed Wontons, and Pork Fried Rice. I made these dishes so often and became so good at it, that I eventually started teaching a basic Chinese cooking class of my own, with these four recipes, at the adult education classes at the local school district. People loved them and they were a hit. With the leftover wonton skins, we made these treats (see attached link for recipe https://en.christinesrecipes.com/2012/01/cheats-sweet-egg-twists-chinese-new.html
But for today, I simply made three easy dishes… Chinese BBQ Wings, my favorite cold noodle salad and egg-fried rice. Quick and easy.
Two of my favorite places to visit in my two favorite cities, are Chinatown in Seattle and Chinatown in San Francisco. This is last year’s Chinese New Year parade in San Francisco.
Over the years I’ve studied Buddhism and Feng Shui. Although I wouldn’t consider myself a devote of either, I do find some validity in both. I spent two years as a practitioner of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism https://www.nst.org/ which found me kneeling before a Gohonzon within a Buddhist altar and chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo. It was an interesting experience and I’m very glad I was able to do it, but for me, it was hard to keep it up.
I’m a fan of Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, who was in both Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha (which is actually Japanese).
And I love all kinds of ethnic music, including Chinese instrumentals
So, in the spirit of the holiday, “Gong hei fat choy” and “xin nian kuai le”…. New Year Happiness!!