This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Last week, I took a road trip to Seattle to learn about Ling Ling Asian, not only did I learn about some fun and interesting Chinese new year traditions, I learned how to cook some interesting veggies that pair beautifully with Ling Ling Potstickers!
During the event we worked with Chef Katie Chin who was absolutely lovely, she told us about chinese traditions and showed us how to put together an amazing sauce, cook Chinese green beans, eggplants and Ling Ling Potstickers!
The green beans and eggplant sides were absolutely delicious, I could have eaten a whole plate of them by myself!
Chinese Long Beans
The long beans were super easy to make, we boiled them for about 2 minutes, chopped them in to small slices then transferred them over to a bowl of ice water to cool down, then we drained the green beans and fried them with some garlic, hoison and oyster sauce until they were fully cooked.
We topped the green beans with cashews for that extra and crunch!
I’m a huge fan of eggplant if someone cooks it for me, my last attempt didn’t work out too great when I just chopped it up and threw it in the oven and now I know why! I learned how to cook eggplant properly thanks to Chef Katie Chin, we started by cutting out eggplants into 1/2 inch slices, then we added them to cold water with a little bit of salt, this is a mandatory step I previously missed.
After about 5 minutes of soaking them eggplants, we dried them off and transferred them to a pan with garlic, chili peppers and the oyster sauce mix and a little bit of oil. We cooked them constantly stirring for about 4 minutes.
I was shocked at how soft the eggplants turned out, usually when I cook eggplants half of them are still hard in the middle, this to me was a miracle. Paired with the garlic, chili peppers and sauce, these were delicious and I think I ate over half a plate.
Chef Katie Chin was amazing, she taught us everything we needed to know about creating the appetizers, gave us some of her background story and she was super helpful!
We fried up some Ling Ling Potstickers and we were ready to eat! If you haven’t tried Ling Ling Potstickers, they are available at most grocery stores and perfect for a Chinese night at home and celebrating the Chinese New Year!
I also met my friend Clo from Creatively Clo, we have known each other for over 4 years but never met and we worked together to create our delicious appetizers!
We also learned about some Chinese Rituals and Traditions and what to do and what not to do in the Chinese New Year. One thing I learned is that you should clean your house before the New Year in preparation, now I’ve been doing it all wrong! I usually clean on new year so the house is nice but if you do that on New Years Day, it could dictate what you will be doing for the rest of the year, so start of your new year how you want it to go on!
Lastly, we made a dun painting craft, it was SUPER easy, we painted a tree with a few swift strokes of the paint brush to create the branches and base, then grabbed a water bottle with a few ridges at the bottom, dipped it in paint and used it to create pink leaves. It was super simple but it makes a beautiful little work of art for your home and the kids will also love creating it!
We had a blast and learned SO much from Chef Katie Chin! I’m excited to celebrate with my kids and husband this year, as cost efficiently as possible! We will be picking up some eggplant, long beans and Ling Ling Potstickers and recreating the tree painting craft at home.
Ling Ling Potstickers are DELICIOUS, my favorite type is the Pork Potstickers, my daughter tried some and said she wanted to eat them every day! They are so easy to make and quick, a perfect way to feed the family and eat for cheaper at home!
Do you celebrate the Chinese New Year (Feb 5th)? It doesn’t need to be pricey, it can be fun and the kids may even learn a thing or two!