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