Chinese New Year falls on February 8 and marks the arrival of the Red Fire Monkey, a year which is sure to bring lots of happiness and prosperity to many people. Chinese New Year is the grandest of all the celebrations for my family.
To me, Chinese New Year is all about spending time with the family, having a wonderful reunion dinner on New Year’s eve, and eating the endless array of delicious food, cookies, cakes, and snacks.
It’s the happiest time of the year as everyone greets with a happy smile, plus giving away red packets with money!
When it comes to food, we are very careful and selective about what we eat during the festivities. Chinese believe in food symbolism and the significance of each ingredient.
Hence, Chinese New Year’s menus should be auspicious or mean good. Dishes such as dumplings, noodles, fish, shrimp, seafood are widely enjoyed to bring good luck and fortune to the family. I am a firm believer of this tradition.
One of my favorite Chinese New Year recipes is Szechuan Scallops. Scallops are round in shape and signifies wholesome and togetherness, which is a perfect dish to serve during reunion dinner on the eve of Chinese New Year.
As fiery food is usually red in color, it symbolizes prosperity, plus it complements the arrival of the Red Fire Monkey. This is the ultimate recipe that showcases the spirits of Chinese New Year.
Cooking for the entire family can be daunting but I have the perfect ready-to-use cooking sauce from San-J that I absolutely love. The Szechuan sauce is hot and spicy and sure to tingle your palate.
It’s made from gluten-free San-J Tamari, spices, ginger, sesame and delivers an authentic Chinese flavor to every dish you make. Choose your favorite protein: scallop, shrimp, fish, chicken or a combination of all your favorite ingredients.
Spend less time in the kitchen prepping and cooking so you can spend more quality time with your loved ones. To buy San-J products, please check out the store locator.
This conversation is sponsored by San-J. The opinions and text are all mine.
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Szechuan Scallops Recipe Recipe
Szechuan Scallops - juicy and succulent scallops stir fry with San-J Szechuan sauce. So good and best served with rice.
- 12 oz. scallops
- Water for boiling
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 oz. red bell pepper, cut into pieces
- 2 oz. yellow pepper, cut into pieces
- 2 oz. green pepper, cut into pieces
- White sesame for garnishing
- 2 tablespoons San-J Szechuan Sauce
- 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- ½ teaspoon cornstarch
Bring a pot of water to boil. Cook the scallops for 30 seconds. Remove the scallops from the boiling water with a strainer. Drained and set aside.
Mix all the ingredients of the Sauce in a small bowl. Mix well.
Heat up a wok or skillet with the oil. Add the garlic and stir-fry until aromatic. Add in the bell peppers, stir fry until you smell the aromas of the bell peppers. Transfer the scallops into the wok or skillet, stir to combine well with the bell peppers.
Add in the sauce mixture and continue to stir-fry the scallops. As soon as the sauce thickens, turn off the heat. Transfer the scallops to a serving platter and garnish with the white sesame. Serve immediately with steamed rice.
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