Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with these fun, simple Chinese-inspired recipes.
Cost per serving: $1.30
Sweet, rich hoisin sauce is available in many supermarkets in the ethnic or Asian foods section, but you can substitute soy sauce if you can’t find it. Also, feel free to add chopped green beans, bell peppers or shredded cabbage to the mixture, instead of or along with the bean sprouts.
See recipe: Asian Lettuce Wraps
Cost per serving: $2.36
Be sure your pork loin is tied tightly (you can ask your butcher to do it). Otherwise it might be difficult to slice.
See recipe: Chinese Roast Pork
Cost per serving: 68¢
Watch the garlic—it can burn easily. If you want to punch it up, add a pinch of crushed red pepper for a spicy kick.
See recipe: Cold Sesame Noodles with Golden Garlic
Cost per serving: 90¢
If you’re cutting up a head of broccoli, don’t toss the stem. Slice off the bottom, peel and slice it. It’s crunchy and delicious — you can eat the slices raw (they’re great for dips), toss them into a salad, or stir-fry them along with the florets.
See recipe: Stir-Fried Broccoli
Cost per serving: 49¢
You can make the batter in a blender up to a few hours in advance. Cover and refrigerate. Bring batter to room temperature and stir before cooking.
See recipe: Scallion Pancakes
Cost per serving: 53¢
You can buy fortune cookies online—a 1-lb. box, which contains about 50 cookies with general fortunes inside, is $6 on amazon.com. For custom fortunes, flavored and colored cookies and other special requests, check out fancyfortunecookies.com.
See recipe: Chocolate-Dipped Fortune Cookies
Cost per serving: $1.38
Lychees are sweet, delicate, juicy fruits with a texture similar to the flesh of grapes. They’re available in cans in the Asian or ethnic foods section of many supermarkets. If you can’t find them (or don’t care for them), swap in more mango, pineapple or orange.
See recipe: Exotic Fruit Salad