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Celebrate Chinese New Year with Chicken Lo Mein & Shrimp Egg Rolls {Recipes}

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Chicken Lo Mein & Shrimp Egg Rolls

by Regan

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This year Chinese New Year started on February 19th and the celebration lasts for fifteen days, ending on March 5th.

Back in Connecticut my son went to a multicultural school. We lived a few blocks from Yale University so he went to school with the children of the students and employees of Yale, many of whom were Chinese. Because of this they celebrated Chinese New Year at his school and they got to learn all about this fun holiday. 

Some fun ways to celebrate the new year Chinese style is to cook a Chinese meal, which I am going to share with you two of our favorite recipes. The two dishes that I am going to share with you symbolize gold and prosperity (fried foods) and long life (noodles).

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Chicken Lo Mein & Shrimp Egg Rolls {Recipes}

First we’re going to make a chicken lo mein for long life. Feel free to use pork, shrimp, or beef instead. {recipe at the bottom of this post}

Lo mein ingredients:

  • 1-1½ lbs boneless chicken breast
  • soy sauce
  • corn starch
  • sugar
  • white wine
  • sliced vegetables – I used snow peas, zucchini, orange bell pepper, carrot, bok choy, and scallions (green onions)
  • oyster sauce
  • chicken or vegetable broth
  • sesame oil
  • ground ginger
  • Chinese Five Spice
  • Chinese egg noodles (the ones I used are actually Vietnamese egg noodles from an Asian market)

The first thing you’re going to do is marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes. You can do this before you start chopping your vegetables and getting your other ingredients ready to make the lo mein sauce. 

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Chicken Lo Mein & Shrimp Egg Rolls {Recipes}

Once your chicken is marinated cook it in a wok until the outside is no longer pink. By this point, you should have your lo mein sauce made and your veggies chopped. 

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Chicken Lo Mein & Shrimp Egg Rolls {Recipes}Toss your vegetables in the wok with the chicken and cook, until they start to brighten, become soft (but not too soft because we don’t want to eat mushy vegetables, ) and become fragrant. Once this happens, add your lo mein sauce to the wok and stir until well combined. 

Get your water boiling for the noodles. The noodles that I used only took two minutes to cook so you don’t want to start them too early. 

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Chicken Lo Mein & Shrimp Egg Rolls {Recipes}

While the vegetables are doing beautiful things in the wok and your noodles are cooked, remove them from the water and add them to a large mixing bowl and add soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and sesame oil. Incorporate it well so your noodles don’t stick together. 

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Chicken Lo Mein & Shrimp Egg Rolls {Recipes}

Add your veggies to the noodles, combine well and there you have it! Delicious lo mein. Serve with a side of egg rolls. {keep reading for the recipe}

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Chicken Lo Mein & Shrimp Egg Rolls {Recipes}

Now to make the egg rolls for prosperity. We have made this recipe several times and we’re finally getting it down. My husband helps me with these acting as my fry cook because he’s much better with the fryer than I am. We use this fryer, but you could use a pot of hot oil if you don’t have one. 

Egg roll ingredients:

  • 1 bag of cole slaw mix
  • 3-4 scallions (green onions)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 (14oz) bag of cooked salad shrimp
  • sugar
  • soy sauce
  • sesame oil
  • Chinese Five Spice
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ginger
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package of egg roll wrappers (you will have leftovers)

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Chicken Lo Mein & Shrimp Egg Rolls {Recipes}

Heat up the sesame oil, garlic, and ginger in a pan then toss in the shrimp. Once tossed together add your soy sauce, sugar, Five Spice, and salt to make a sauce. 

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Chicken Lo Mein & Shrimp Egg Rolls {Recipes}

Pour the shrimp with sauce over the cole slaw mix and combine thoroughly. There will be some sauce at the bottom of the bowl so you may want to drain it out or use a slotted spoon. If your mixture is too wet then your egg roll wrappers will rip and that would be no bueno. 

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Chicken Lo Mein & Shrimp Egg Rolls {Recipes}

Roll your eggs rolls like this:

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Chicken Lo Mein & Shrimp Egg Rolls {Recipes}

Roll your egg rolls in a little flour then put them on a sheet pan covered in wax paper. DO NOT stack them. I made that mistake once and it was ugly!

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Chicken Lo Mein & Shrimp Egg Rolls {Recipes}

Fry your egg rolls in the fryer or pot of hot oil until golden brown, turn them, fry them until the other side is also golden brown. Don’t crowd your fryer. We fry about five egg rolls at a time then put them on a pan and keep them in the oven on warm until the whole batch is done. 

Pretty delicious looking, no?

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Chicken Lo Mein & Shrimp Egg Rolls {Recipes}Serve with your lo mein along with a side of the dipping sauce of your choice. We like duck (plum) sauce but you would use soy sauce, mustard, Sriracha, whatever you like. 

Now you’re ready to celebrate Chinese New Year, or a random Tuesday night in style!

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Chicken Lo Mein & Shrimp Egg Rolls {Recipes}

Chicken Lo Mein

Chicken Lo Mein

Ingredients

  • Meat & Marinade
  • 1 - 1½ lbs boneless chicken breast, sliced thin
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Kikkoman soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white wine
  • Vegetables
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 1 cup bok choy, stems and leafy tops, sliced
  • 1 orange, or red, yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 carrots, cut into 1-2 inch strips
  • 3 scallions, green onions, sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1-2 inch strips
  • Sauce
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 ⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 tablespoons sesame oil
  • Noodle seasoning
  • 1 lb Chinese egg noodles
  • 1 tablespoon Hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1 ⁄2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1 ⁄2 teaspoons rice vinegar

Instructions

  1. Put the cut chicken in a plastic bag, mix together the marinade and pour over the chicken. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Slice your vegetables and put them in a bowl.
  3. Stir fry the chicken until no longer pink.
  4. Put on a pot of water to boil. Add vegetables to the wok and cook until bright, fragrant, and softened (not mushy, leave a but of crunch).
  5. Add the lo mein sauce mixture and combine thoroughly.
  6. Cook your noodles per the package directions, drain.
  7. Put noodles in a large mixing bowl and thoroughly toss with the noodle sauce.
  8. Add the chicken and vegetables, combine and serve.

Notes


Adapted from food.com

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8 comments

katie April 25, 2016 - 11:10 pm

Those egg rolls look amazing. I could eat like 10 right now even though I just had dinner.

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Jess March 9, 2015 - 2:11 pm

This looks absolutely yummy, and I love your food photography!

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Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake March 4, 2015 - 4:30 pm

I’ve made lo mein plenty of times, but have always been intimidated by homemade eggrolls – you’ve made it seem so easy! I can’t wait to give them a try! Pinned!

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sarah March 4, 2015 - 1:43 pm

What a delicious and colorful meal! I love making noodle dishes with shrimp, but have never made my own egg rolls. Can’t wait to try the recipe!

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Kim March 4, 2015 - 12:02 pm

Lots of ingredients but I absolutely love Lo Mein and spring rolls. Pinning!

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Regan March 4, 2015 - 12:09 pm

Haha! Yes, there are. The original recipe claims to be from a Chinese woman so I followed it but you could probably get away with tossing the noodles just in sesame oil to keep them from sticking.

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Jamie March 4, 2015 - 8:44 am

This looks really good! I haven’t ever tried to make Chinese food at home, but you make it look easy!!

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Regan March 4, 2015 - 9:22 am

It’s not overwhelmingly difficult, just time consuming with the chopping and rolling. The egg rolls took about two or three batches to perfect. The main things we’ve learned are to roll them in flour which gives them a more crispy and bubbly outside and to store them in the warm oven in a single layer.

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