Monday, January 23rd, is the Chinese New Year. It is the Year of the Dragon, the Professor’s favorite mythical creature. One of my culinary goals for this year is venture out more in Asian cooking. I love to eat the food, but I don’t often cook it. I find it a bit intimidating, actually. One of my good friends, Lois, was kind enough to cook a Chinese banquet for our two families. We made way too much food, ate way too much food and had way too much fun doing it all! It started a tradition for us, cooking, drinking and laughing that I know we will continue with for years to come. And I am happy to share her Chinese recipes with you!
In honor of my many Chinese friends, from Judy & Lynda in grade school to Gigi, my friend and mentor during my advertising days, and to Lois, my daughter’s BFF’s mom and my culinary partner-in-crime, I thought I’d offer up some WOW for the Chinese New Year. This is something that ANYONE can make in ANY KIND of kitchen: Steamed Halibut Fillets with Garlic Oil. Talk about getting more bang for your buck!
This took minimal effort to put together, requiring only 30 minutes of marinade time and was so amazing and out-of-this-world (to use a phrase my mom always likes to use to describe a delicious meal).
Simple halibut fillets, steamed with a bit of sesame oil and ginger, finished off with hot garlic oil and soy sauce.
Some serious OMG is going on.
My picture doesn’t do it justice.
With a bit of brown rice and steamed vegetables, you’ve got a fabulous meal to welcome that pesky dragon.
For a bit of sweet, pass on the fortune cookie and try these crispy and light Chinese Almond Cookies. They are addictingly good. Just ask my friend, Lois!