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Lunar New Year refers to the beginning of the year in several calendars. It is based on a lunar calendar or a lunisolar calendar.

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Jai- Chinese Lunar New Year  

Jai- Buddha's Delight Jai is also called monk's food and is served at the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations. The dish is put together with 12 lucky ingredients. Allow yourself at least 2 hours to prep for this dish. Shop in Chinatown or an Asian market to find the specialty ingredients. If you are unable to find a certain item, you can easily substitute another vegetable like, carrots or sugar snap peas. Enjoy this dish with family and friends for a healthy, wealthy and prosperous New Year! Soak for 2 hours in hot water: 1-package mung bean noodles Soak for 30 minutes in hot water, drain: 1-cup wood ear mushrooms (black fungus) Half a package of bean curd sticks (cut into 2 inch strips after soaking) Soak for 10 minutes in cold water: 1 cup fried wheat gluten (dao pok) 8 jadofu (aburage) fried tofu pockets, cut in half Slice 3 cups shitakes (remove stems), 1-cup water chestnuts, 1-cup arrowroot (see goo), and 2 cups lotus root Blanch 3 cups snow peas for 30 seconds then shock in ice bath Shred 1 bunch Napa cabbage, remove core Skin 1-cup gingko nuts (cut in half to remove sprout to avoid bitterness). Try peanuts as a substitute if gingko is unavailable Boil 3-inch square piece of black hair seaweed (fat choy) for 10 minutes with a one-inch piece of ginger and a pinch of salt. Drain, cool and squeeze out water Mix 1 cup reserved mushroom soaking liquid, 2 cups water, ¼ cup tamari soy sauce, ¼ cup sugar, and 2 Tbsp black bean sauces Heat 2 Tbsp red bean curd and 2 Tbsp fermented bean curd in wok on high heat. Mash with back of spatula until broken into small bits. Add liquid seasoning mixture. Bring to boil for 2 minutes. Add shitakes, wood ears, lotus root, water chestnuts, arrowroot, ginkgo nuts, black hair seaweed. Cook for 4 minutes, until slightly softened. Add bean curd sticks, fried wheat gluten, fried tofu pockets, noodles. Toss well. Correct seasoning. Add Napa cabbage, snow peas. Serve immediately. Makes about 8 servings. Created,shot and edited by Cobi Kim {El Solo Lobo}::Veggietorials http://www.youtube.com/user/veggietorials Business Inquiries only: veggietorials@gmail(dot)com Please SUBSCRIBE! YouTube Channel::http://www.youtube.com/user/veggietorials Blog::Veggietorials.com Follow me on Facebook::http://facebook.com/Veggietorials Instagram::http://instagram.com/veggietorials Tweet Tweet::http://twitter.com/Veggietorials Tumblr::http://veggietorials.tumblr.com/ Vegan Bento dishes::http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7CAF77AAA2040CC8 Vegan Cooking:: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0A9C912F57A9538F Vegan Travel:: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1AE108723E1FFACD Plant-based Product Reviews:: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF97F456ED39F0FDF Music: Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech

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