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Infuse the New Year with more unique & delicious flavours

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Those celebrating the Lunar New Year (LNY) or Tet in Vietnam can look forward to another month full of delicious treats especially with so many traditional dishes making their appearance at this time.

And if you’re starting the new year with an oven from the latest Electrolux Inspiration range, new cooking experiences are well within your reach.  With a few tweaks, adding a unique fusion twist to your usual reunion dinner or festive meals has never been easier!

Noodle dishes

Chang shou mian, or longevity noodles, are eaten at special occasions like LNY or birthday celebrations as they symbolise a long, healthy life.  Like most noodles, Longevity noodles can be cooked in a clear broth with eggs, or stir-fried with vegetables and meat.

Longevity noodles
By Benjwong
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Longevity noodles are a symbol of long life, and are versatile enough to use in Japanese or Italian-style noodle dishes.

Cooking the noodles with mustard greens can add extra symbolism with longevity wishes for your parents. Or you can combine this Chinese dish with Italian techniques and Japanese ingredients by using the noodles pasta-style in this recipe for longevity noodles with sea urchin butter.

Rice dishes

Some believe that having cooked rice on the table during the Reunion dinner or LNY is a symbol of prosperity, whether it’s eaten or not. With the Oven Baked Asian Paella dish by Electrolux Chef-in-Residence, Chef E, you can be sure this dish will be popular with friends and family.

Paella
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Chef E’s Oven Baked Asian Paella combines the best of East and West

With steam ovens like the Electrolux Inspiration combi oven, combining a Spanish paella cooking method with Chinese ingredients to bake a prefect, fluffy paella is not just easy, you won’t have to worry about constantly watching over and stirring the dish on a stove.

Cakes

Nian gao, or the “year cake” is a steamed sticky cake made from glutinous rice. It is traditionally consumed for good luck during the new year.  These cakes are versatile and can be prepared in different ways, such as pan-fried with eggs to add a crisp coating; sweetened with brown sugar or even stir-fried with  scallions, beef, pork, cabbage, Chinese cabbage to make a savoury meal.

Or you could even add an Indian touch to the dish and use a sweetened nian gao as filling in these sticky rice cake prata puffs. The Inspiration oven’s UltraFan-Plus convection baking feature circulates hot air evenly around the oven cavity, and makes it easy to bake a treat that’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.  The easy to prepare prata creates a delicious, crispy outer layer for the nian gao, while a layer of melted cheese adds a mild savoury flavour inside, complementing the sweetness of the cake.

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