#DisneyMagicMoments: Cooking Up the Magic – Celebrate Lunar New Year With Recipe From Hong Kong Disneyland

#DisneyMagicMoments: Cooking Up the Magic – Celebrate Lunar New Year With Recipe From Hong Kong Disneyland

Lunar New Year (also called Spring Festival) signals the
coming of spring and the promise of hope and new beginnings. It is tradition to gather family and friends for Lo
Hei
(meaning “tossing up good fortune”) – a prosperity
toss salad traditionally consisting of fresh fish, shredded vegetables, fried
crackers, and plum sauce. 

Each Lo Hei ingredient
has a special significance for the upcoming year, such as good fortune, eternal youth,
prosperity, or strong ties with family and friends. Served on a large plate or platter, everyone joins in
to toss and mix the ingredients while saying hopeful well-wishes out loud to
herald in good luck. The higher the toss, the more prosperity it is purported to
bring in the year ahead.

There are many interpretations of Lo Hei. Our talented chefs at Hong Kong Disneyland shared their version with ramen noodles, smoky salmon, briny abalone, prawns, and shredded vegetables with delicious sesame and chili-soy sauces.

Check out the full recipe below, and on behalf of our
friends at Hong Kong Disneyland, and all our
Disney Parks, we wish you a Happy Lunar New Year!

Lo Hei with Sesame and Chili-Soy Sauces Hong Kong Disneyland

Lo Hei with Sesame and Chili-Soy Sauces from Hong Kong Disneyland
Serves 4

LO HEI

  • 1 medium (200 grams) seedless cucumber, julienne (1 1/4 cups)
  • 3 large (220 grams) carrots, julienne (1 cup)
  • 1 small (60 grams) Japanese turnip, julienne (2/3 cup)
  • 1/4 cup (40 grams) thinly sliced seaweed of assorted colors
  • 6 ounces (160 grams) prawn with shell
  • 8 ounces (240 grams) ramen noodles
  • 12 ounces (360 grams) sliced smoked salmon
  • 5 ounces (160 grams) drained canned abalone (16 pieces)

CHILI-SOY SAUCE

  • 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) vegetable oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon (4 grams) garlic paste
  • 1 small (4 grams) red chili pepper, julienne
  • 1/3 cup (75 milliliters) sweet soy sauce

TOPPINGS

  • 3/4 cup (175 milliliters) roasted bottled sesame salad dressing
  • 1 cup (60 grams) small rice crackers
  • 1/2 cup (40 grams) fried shallots

FOR LO HEI:

  1. Wash julienned cucumber, carrot, turnip, and seaweed in cold water.
    Drain and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Bring large pot of water to boil. Add prawn and cook for 5 minutes,
    until they turn pink and curl. Remove with slotted spoon and place in cold water.
    Drain, then remove shells. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Bring large pot of water to boil. Add ramen noodles and cook 5 minutes,
    until soft. Drain and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Fold sliced smoked salmon into rings. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. Rinse canned abalone in cold water. Drain and refrigerate until ready
    to serve.

FOR CHILI-SOY SAUCE:

  1. Heat vegetable oil in small skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes,
    until hot. Add garlic paste and red chili pepper and sauté 5 minutes, until
    peppers are soft. Add soy sauce and remove from heat.
  2. Cool to room temperature before serving.

TO
SERVE:

  1. Pour chili-soy sauce and roasted sesame dressing in separate small
    bowls.
  2.  Place shredded vegetables and
    noodles on the bottom of large plate. Top with prawn, smoked salmon, and
    abalone.
  3. Sprinkle with rice crackers and fried shallots. Drizzle with chili-soy
    sauce and roasted sesame salad dressing and toss to mix.

Note: Always use
caution when handling sharp objects and hot contents. Please supervise children
who are helping or nearby. This recipe has been converted from a larger
quantity in the restaurant kitchens. The flavor profile may vary from the
restaurant’s version.

Click here for a print-at-home version of this recipe.

Be sure to check out this special greeting from Walt Disney Imagineering Shanghai, and more Lunar New Year fun on the Disney Parks Blog!



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