Do you know Chinese tradition celebrates lunar new year for half a month? Last Thursday we officially kicked off year of the ram but it is still not too late to get in the celebration. That’s great news for me because I was so busy last week that I did not have a chance to prepare anything until the weekend. It seems only yesterday when I cooked new year’s eve dinner for my family followed by the publication of my collection of family recipes. Where did the time go?
This year I challenged myself to make two traditional deep-fried snacks: sesame fritters 笑口棗 and crispy sweet dumplings 油角. They are ubiquitous in Chinese bakeries, supermarkets, and restaurants at this time of year. Honestly, it is much simpler to buy than to make at home. To make this effort worthwhile, I wanted to add my own twists to the traditional tastes.