Chinese New Year falls on Monday, February 8th this year. 2016 is the year of the Red Fire Monkey. You fall under the sign of the monkey if you were born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, or 2016. Chinese astrology suggests that people born under the sign of the monkey should expect competition and challenge in 2016.
Chinese New Year celebrations often span one week or longer, involving spectacular parties, fireworks, family reunions, and lots and lots of food! Today’s recipe for Poached Tuna with Noodles is just the dish to get you in the spirit of things, while still being kind to your body. Poached Tuna with Noodles is a heart-healthy dish complete with long vermicelli noodles for good luck! Noodles represent longevity, and according to superstition should never be cut.
4 inch piece of lemongrass, lightly crushed with the broad side of a knife
1 lime leaf
2 tablespoons tom yum paste
4 cups water
1 handful of vermicelli noodles (pinch your thumb and index finger together to make a circle, and fill the circle with noodles)
2 tablespoons dried shiitake mushrooms, broken into pieces
6 ounce tuna steak, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup snow pea pods, sliced into matchsticks
Step 1) Combine lemongrass, lime leaf, tom yum paste, ginger, and water in a wok or large pot. Bring to a boil.
Step 2) Add broken shiitake mushrooms and vermicelli noodles. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes.
Step 3) Add tuna pieces and simmer for 5 minutes or until tuna is just barely pink in the center.
Step 4) Remove wok from heat. Stir in sliced snow pea pods. Serve immediately.