My Fun Night With Ling Ling: 6 Ways to Celebrate the Chinese New Year

This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I had the BEST time ever cooking with Chef Katie Chin and Ling Ling in Boston. Find out two amazing recipes, as well as 6 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. #ad #LingLingAsianFood #BOS #asianfood #chopsticks #easymeals #friedrice #delish

I can’t help thinking right now about where I was a week ago tonight!

I was having the BEST TIME EVER with Chef Katie Chin and Ling Ling in Boston! I admit that I was nervous. I think that my mom always says it best that the things you are most nervous/unsure about, are often the most fun. I mean, you all know me pretty well. I can be pretty extroverted. That said, I can also be nervous and awkward too. I never really know how I’ll be at a public blogger event, but I was so humbled and honored to be invited. The thing is, I used to live in San Francisco so I am familiar with celebrating the Chinese New Year. Also, I’m quite familiar with Ling Ling products, thanks to my husband’s great taste. So this night was all around a win. I got a night out in Boston without kids and WITH much excitement and fun!

And learning, great food, and great company.

I had the BEST time ever cooking with Chef Katie Chin and Ling Ling in Boston. Find out two amazing recipes, as well as 6 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. #ad #LingLingAsianFood #BOS #asianfood #chopsticks #easymeals #friedrice #delish

Once we all introduced ourselves to one another, took photos, and had cold drinks, Chef Katie Chin introduced herself and told us about her background. She was so warm, open, inviting, and inspiring. Then we set to work and cooked, with her help. I loved that I could ask her questions, and that she would walk around and check on our dishes. I was on a “team” at a station with two other woman, and they instantly felt like friends. We were all there to learn and support each other.

We made two dishes: Asparagus Stir Fry with Shiitake Mushrooms and Caramel Glazed Brandied Oranges.

Asparagus Stir Fry with Shiitake Mushrooms

Asparagus Stir Fry with Shiitake Mushrooms

Ingredients

  1. 2 teaspoons all-purpose cornstarch
  2. 2 teaspoons cold water
  3. 1 Tablespoon neutral oil, such as canola
  4. 2 gloves garlic, minced
  5. 1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
  6. 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces on a diagonal
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 4 oz. fresh shitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
  9. 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce
  10. 1/2 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  • 1. In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and water.
  • 2. Heat the oil in wok or skillet over medium-high heat.
  • 3. Add the garlic, ginger, asparagus and salt and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes.
  • 4. Add the mushrooms and continue to stir-fry for 1 minute.
  • 5. Stir in the oyster sauce and chicken stock and heat to boiling.
  • 6. Pour in the cornstarch mixture and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens and all the ingredients are nicely coated, about 30 seconds.
  • 7. Serve immediately.
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I had the BEST time ever cooking with Chef Katie Chin and Ling Ling in Boston. Find out two amazing recipes, as well as 6 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. #ad #LingLingAsianFood #BOS #asianfood #chopsticks #easymeals #friedrice #delish

I had the BEST time ever cooking with Chef Katie Chin and Ling Ling in Boston. Find out two amazing recipes, as well as 6 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. #ad #LingLingAsianFood #BOS #asianfood #chopsticks #easymeals #friedrice #delish

I had the BEST time ever cooking with Chef Katie Chin and Ling Ling in Boston. Find out two amazing recipes, as well as 6 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. #ad #LingLingAsianFood #BOS #asianfood #chopsticks #easymeals #friedrice #delish

You could tell from the pictures that I was really happy! The dish was delicious and I even got leftovers. For the dessert, it was so easy and so shockingly delicious, that you HAVE to try it. Simply take 3 large navel oranges, 1 tablespoon of brandy, and 1/2 cup of sugar together. With a vegetable peeler, remove three 3-inch-long strips of orange peel (about 3/4 inch wide each) from the oranges and cut the strips lengthwise into thin slivers. Cut the remaining peel and white pith from the oranges, and then slice the oranges into 6 thin rounds and place them in a deep platter, overlapping slices. Sprinkle them with brandy and orange peel. Meanwhile, cook sugar over medium heat in a skillet until it melts and becomes a deep amber color. Stir to dissolve any lumps and then drizzle caramelized sugar over oranges. Garnish with orange peel slivers.

You can serve it warm or at room temp, or refrigerate and serve chilled.

I had the BEST time ever cooking with Chef Katie Chin and Ling Ling in Boston. Find out two amazing recipes, as well as 6 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. #ad #LingLingAsianFood #BOS #asianfood #chopsticks #easymeals #friedrice #delish

I had the BEST time ever cooking with Chef Katie Chin and Ling Ling in Boston. Find out two amazing recipes, as well as 6 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. #ad #LingLingAsianFood #BOS #asianfood #chopsticks #easymeals #friedrice #delish

After we cooked, they set a wonderful table for all of us to eat our own creations, and also to eat delicious Ling Ling products. And it was nice for all of us to really talk and get to know each other. Some of us even knew each other before!

I had the BEST time ever cooking with Chef Katie Chin and Ling Ling in Boston. Find out two amazing recipes, as well as 6 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. #ad #LingLingAsianFood #BOS #asianfood #chopsticks #easymeals #friedrice #delish

I learned more about Ling Ling products. Their delicious Fried Rice dishes from Japan and China are authentic recipes, expertly crafted and made with tender vegetables, delicious proteins, and flavor infused rice. They taste great down to the last grain! You can try Chinese Style Vegetable and Yakitori Chicken. Then there are Noodles! Ling Ling’s authentic Asian style noodles are infused with delicious sauces, succulent proteins, and vegetables. You can choose from Drunken Noodles and Yakisoba Noodles. Definitely use their store locator to make sure you know where to find Fried Rice, Noodles and Potstickers near you. And let’s not forget the Potstickers! They are well known and well loved, made with chicken or pork.

They also combine in tender vegetables in a mouthwatering dumpling wrapper. Each comes with a signature dipping sauce.

Here are 6 Ways to Celebrate the Chinese New Year, as taught to me by Chef Katie and Ling Ling!

1 – Refrain from using foul language or bad words on NewYear’s Day or they will follow you throughout the year.

2 – Washing hair is not allowed because you will wash away your good luck for the year.

3 – Greeting friends with oranges or tangerines during the New Year will ensure that your friendships remain intact.

4 – No sweeping on New Year’s Day as you’ll sweep all your good luck out the door.

5 – Stepping into new shoes on New Year’s morning to start your year off on the right foot.

6 – Distribution of Red Envelopes (signifying Joy and Luck) filled with money starts the year with prosperity.

What’s your favorite Ling Ling product? Have you ever been to a blogger event in a city?

About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer, a mama of two, a Lifestyle Blogger/Social Media Influencer/Brand Ambassador, and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns, the Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.

Comments

My Fun Night With Ling Ling: 6 Ways to Celebrate the Chinese New Year — 12 Comments

  1. I’ve never heard of Ling Ling… where have I been? I would devour this Asparagus Stir Fry with Shiitake Mushrooms. I want to try Ling Ling friend rice now, I love fried rice. What a fun event

  2. How fun! I agree – the things I’m most nervous about turn out to be the most fun. My son is obsessed with Ling Ling potstickers and has them at least once a week at college!

  3. Hi Tamara, you are shining happiness which was probably reflected in the taste of the food. I love the dos & don’t of seeing in the Chinese New Year. They are actually very similar to my Mums. No cleaning or washing on New Years day or the whole year will be ruined!… It’s not a hard rule to follow!

    xx

  4. This looks like it was a really fun blogger event and all of the food looks delicious. I’m hungry right now and after reading this blog post I want some Chinese food. πŸ™‚

  5. Looks like you had a great time at the event. Our Asian community usually have a Chinese New Year celebration and we will be attending. I love Ling Ling foods and can’t wait to have some on the weekend.

  6. Oh, my goodness… that asparagus stir fry sounds amazing! What a fun blogger event, and love that you were able to have a night out by yoself πŸ™‚ everyone deserves a break now and then (and now I TOTES have a hankering for Chinese foods, YUM!).

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