Chinese New Year Promotion

According to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac cycle, the Chinese year beginning on February 5th, 2019 is the year of the Pig. To celebrate this special day, we are providing a promotion and another look inside one of my favorite books from 2018 – Chinese Soul Food: A Friendly Guide for Homemade Dumplings, Stir-Fries, Soups, and More by Hsiao-Ching Chou along with a giveaway from The Wok Shop as well as a special bonus for any EYB members who place an order there. 

Hsiao-Ching has allowed me to share a passage from her Celebrations chapter in the book which reflects the importance of the Chinese New Year.

“Celebrating Chinese New Year is what centers me. In so many ways, the contours of what used to separate my Chinese upbringing and American influences have become less distinct and more amorphous. I often catch myself skipping the formality and deference that my father would have insisted on. So preparing for the customs and feasting related to Chinese New Year snaps into focus what it means to me to be Chinese. Since my brothers and I all have mixed families, it’s this holiday that gives us the opportunity to bridge the valley between our culture and the one that my children and their cousins inhabit. After my father died, my mother moved in with us. Because she is our matriarch, my home is now the gathering place for our annual reunion feast. Chinese New Year is so ingrained in our lives that everything from how our dining room is arranged to the size of our dinner table is determined, in part, by how they facilitate hosting family for New Year’s. The kids get excited because they know they’ll be receiving red envelopes filled with money to wish them longevity. I plan, shop, and prep for the meal over several days. The refrigerator starts to groan from being stuffed with ingredients. My commercial-size steamer comes out of the basement storage. Pots and pans that normally sit in the back of the cabinet are enlisted into service. I have to design the menu to reflect foods that have auspicious qualities conferred upon them by virtue of their shape or symbolic names. Whole fish, with head and tail intact, represents family unity. They also represent prosperity, because one of the phrases you say to wish others good luck and good fortune includes a word that is a homophone for “fish.” Tangerines are significant because the color and shape are reminiscent of the gold ingots that used to be used for money, so you will see bowls of tangerines as decoration and as an offering to the ancestors. Extra-long noodles are served to wish people longevity. I have hosted Chinese New Year as a single young professional, a newlywed, a new mom, and now as the eldest sibling who bears some responsibility to carry on family traditions and mark the milestones of our growing extended family. My mother has seven grandchildren, from an infant to a fourteen-year-old. For her to be able to preside over her legacy is a privilege. Chinese New Year ultimately is about reuniting the family around the table, honoring the elders and the departed, and celebrating our collective good fortune to be in this world. 

Lunar New Year is my favorite holiday, because it’s like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s rolled into one. The feast is sumptuous and imbued with much symbolism to wish everyone longevity, prosperity, and the good fortune of being surrounded by family and friends.”

I first covered Chinese Soul Food in February of 2018 and was so impressed I made sure we cooked from the title in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club. At first some members were hesitant, I believe they felt that they either couldn’t produce the recipes or that it was just another book on takeaway. But, as we shared photos of our creations, members ordered the book and found joy in the recipes. In February we are covering other titles in the Cookbook Club, but I am going to suggest that members cook something from Hsiao-Ching’s book in celebration of the Chinese Year. 

To make Chinese New Year even brighter, our friends at The Wok Shop are offering a special bonus for any orders placed by EYB members. If you place an order, be sure to type “EYB Order” in the comment section on the order page and you will receive a useful gadget or tool in your package at no additional cost!  

Additionally, The Wok Shop, the go-to place for serious cooks such as Grace Young and others, is providing one winner in our contest below – a wok set as shown in the photograph below!  This set includes a 14″ hand hammered wok with wooden handle or metal handle, round or flat bottom, wok ring (comes with round bottom), lid, spatula, stainless steel perforated steam rack and wok cleaning whisk.

I have ordered numerous times from The Wok Shop (including placing an order today!). Besides offering competitive prices and reasonable shipping costs – their service is wonderful and they offer only quality products. Today, I ordered a moon cake mold, vegetable cutter, sesame toaster and grinder and an onion cutter (I think I have three of these now).  I wholeheartedly recommend this shop to all and have received nothing in compensation.

We are pleased to offer an   inside Chinese Soul Food which provides a taste of the author’s style with her introduction and a look at several   :



Special thanks to Sasquatch Books and The Wok Shop for making this promotion possible. Happy Chinese New Year! 

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US in this giveaway and The Wok Shop is providing one grand prize winner a Wok sets. Two of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Visit The Wok Shop and leave a comment about which product you would most like to try?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won’t be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Once you log in and enter your member name you will be directed to the next entry option – the blog comment. After that, there are additional options that you can complete for more entries.

Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on March 20th, 2019.

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  • rchesser  on  January 28, 2019

    Chinese Soul Food

  • rchesser  on  January 28, 2019

    The Hot Pot.

  • Dewnie  on  January 28, 2019

    Green onion pancakes……yum

  • jmay42066  on  January 28, 2019

    Spring rolls

  • jmay42066  on  January 28, 2019

    Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge by Grace Young (11th printing) is what I would like from the Wok Shop site

  • NaomiH  on  January 28, 2019

    Stir-fried rice cake with chicken and Chinese broccoli, because I have everything on-hand to make it tonight!

  • lpatterson412  on  January 28, 2019

    I've always wanted to try wontons. Also the Cai bao cutting tool looks interesting!

  • NaomiH  on  January 28, 2019

    The Wok Shop’s Carbon Steel Hand Hammered Pow Wok, Metal Handle

  • MadMom  on  January 28, 2019

    Spring rolls – I love them!

  • EmilyR  on  January 28, 2019

    stir-fried rice cake with chicken and Chinese broccoli… I love those little rice cakes!

  • EmilyR  on  January 28, 2019

    Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge by Grace Young (11th printing) and the porcelain ginger grater

  • Zephyrness  on  January 28, 2019

    beef and mustard greens dumpling

  • Kiyah  on  January 28, 2019

    I would try the Zha jiang mian because it's Chinese dish that I've never had.

  • floridagld  on  January 28, 2019

    Huge fan of all Asian cuisine. Always looking for authentic recipes. The meat celery root meat pies would be first.
    Need the wok too lost mine in a fire.

  • floridagld  on  January 28, 2019

    So many great items here and tools too.
    I liked many items
    One fave was the hot pot wok stove.

  • Truckergirl1022  on  January 28, 2019

    The hot pot

  • lselke  on  January 28, 2019

    I'd snap up a vegetable cleaver from the Wok Shop. And then I'd make green onion pancakes because they'd make my children ecstatic.

  • WCchopper  on  January 28, 2019

    Salt and Sichuan pepper shrimp (or whatever my sister in law told me to make)

  • WCchopper  on  January 28, 2019

    And I would love some steamers from the Wok Shop

  • DarcyVaughn  on  January 28, 2019

    Red-braised pork belly pot stickers

  • Shelley.b  on  January 28, 2019

    Green onion pancake

  • Shelley.b  on  January 28, 2019

    Bsmboo steamer baskets

  • Francisa  on  January 28, 2019

    I'd like to say I'd start with the 5 spice tofu gan- it intrigues me as something I'm not familiar with… but who am I kidding- it'll totally end up being the long life noodles

  • MiMi60  on  January 28, 2019

    Spinach, egg, and shiitake dumplings

  • MiMi60  on  January 28, 2019

    love some steamers

  • vickster  on  January 29, 2019

    Try Wontons and buy carbon-steel wok

  • Brancica  on  January 29, 2019

    Whole fish dishes would be wonderful for the Chinese new year

  • hirsheys  on  January 29, 2019

    Chinese noodles in meat sauce (Zha jiang mian)

  • hirsheys  on  January 29, 2019

    Chinese rolling pin

  • jinni  on  January 29, 2019

    Chili black bean cod

  • popoff  on  January 29, 2019

    Any kind of dumpling!

  • camtncook  on  January 29, 2019

    Pork and Chinese cabbage dumplings

  • riley  on  January 29, 2019

    Basil, chicken and shrimp dumplings

  • riley  on  January 29, 2019

    Bingo! I have been looking for a small glass teapot. That is what I would buy.

  • parnassus  on  January 29, 2019

    a nice pot of hot sour soup, and one of them mooncake mold

  • Amandaspamanda  on  January 29, 2019

    I would love to try their spring rolls recipe, it's always fun to try a new variation. The Wok Shop website is Amazing! I would love to add a perforated scoop to my toolbox

  • sgrant101185  on  January 29, 2019

    I would try the Spring Rolls first!

  • nicolepellegrini  on  January 29, 2019

    Totally want to try the Red-Braised pork belly as that's a restaurant dish I've been wanting to make at home. And a hot pot is one kitchen item I could definitely use.

  • sarahawker  on  January 29, 2019

    Lion's head meatballs

  • love2chow  on  January 29, 2019

    From Chinese Soul Food, I would most like to try the Red-braised pork belly pot stickers.

    From the Wok Shop, either a blue/white pickling jar or a set of steamer baskets.

  • sarahawker  on  January 29, 2019

    I love way too much on that tool site but I've been wanting the Mooncake Cookie Molds for awhile.

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  • Kellyr78  on  January 29, 2019

    I would like to try the Spinach, egg, and shiitake dumplings.

  • Kellyr78  on  January 29, 2019

    I would like to buy the Hand-Hammered Carbon Steel Pow Wok.

  • DarcyVaughn  on  January 29, 2019

    Bamboo steamer baskets

  • ebs  on  January 29, 2019

    I would first make either the Simple hot pot or Soup dumplings (Xiao long bao)

  • davisesq212  on  January 29, 2019

    I want to try the orange beef first!

  • ebs  on  January 29, 2019

    from the Wok Shop, I would love to get a set of bamboo steamers

  • happybread  on  January 30, 2019

    Marbled Soy Sauce Eggs would be the first recipe to try. I have attempted other types of "immersed" eggs (like with pickle juice or beet juice) but have been less than impressed. This sounds like it might be a winner!

  • happybread  on  January 30, 2019

    Marbled Soy Sauce Eggs would be the first recipe to try. I have attempted other types of "immersed" eggs (like with pickle juice or beet juice) but have been less than impressed. This sounds like it might be a winner!

  • happybread  on  January 30, 2019

    I have a cast iron wok (which is ok) but I would love a "real" wok with which to work… see if I'm missing anything with the cast iron version.

  • Laura1  on  January 30, 2019

    green onion pancakes and the wok

  • kitchen_chick  on  January 30, 2019

    esame flatbread (Shao bing)

  • kitchen_chick  on  January 30, 2019

    The Wok Shop's Clay Brazier/Stove – I wanted to buy one in Thailand, but didn't want to try to bring it home in my luggage or ship it.

  • littleminxgirl  on  January 31, 2019

    I already make spring rolls at home, so a new recipe to try would be first on my list

  • davisesq212  on  January 31, 2019

    I would LOVE the cookbook, Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge by Grace Young.

  • debbiehb  on  February 1, 2019

    Fried rice

  • debbiehb  on  February 1, 2019

    I'd try one of the cleavers

  • kmn4  on  February 1, 2019

    Dry-fried green beans

  • kmn4  on  February 1, 2019

    I'd like the 7 qt. ceramic cooking pot.

  • mimibakes  on  February 1, 2019

    Green onion pancakes!

  • hillsboroks  on  February 1, 2019

    Dry-fried green beans

  • Uhmandanicole  on  February 2, 2019

    Dumpling dough ! My grandmother never taught me.

  • Uhmandanicole  on  February 2, 2019

    Also would love to have any wok and cooking accessories

  • cheftina888  on  February 2, 2019

    definitely the dumplings – any kind because it's always tasty

  • mcrimmins  on  February 2, 2019

    Green Onion Pancakes and I would like to learn how to make dumplings.

  • punktshittake  on  February 2, 2019

    Pork dumplings!

  • LaurenE  on  February 2, 2019

    Stir-fried rice cake with chicken and Chinese broccoli; any wok and cooking accessories

  • Nkrieda78  on  February 2, 2019

    The sweet and sour spare ribs look amazing!

  • erinrobinson  on  February 2, 2019

    Hot and sour soup

  • monasli  on  February 2, 2019

    Lion’s head meatballs and I need a new wok!!

  • sequoia55  on  February 3, 2019

    Orange Beef

  • RSW  on  February 3, 2019

    dumpling dough – and then the dumplings Yum.

  • RSW  on  February 3, 2019

    A carbon steel wok from the wok shop.

  • BMeyer  on  February 3, 2019

    chicken with brocollini

  • nomadchowwoman  on  February 3, 2019

    Red-braised pork belly pot stickers or, or, or . . . so many things sound fabulous!

  • Dannausc  on  February 3, 2019

    Green onion pancakes

  • Dannausc  on  February 3, 2019

    I would like a steamer.

  • nomadchowwoman  on  February 3, 2019

    From The Wok Shop, I would love a good carbon steel wok with a domed lid.

  • sallansd  on  February 3, 2019

    the Chicken with snow peas looks yummy

  • sallansd  on  February 3, 2019

    I'd love to have a 2 Tier Stainless Steel Steamer

  • Lauramh  on  February 3, 2019

    Hot pot for sure!

  • thecharlah  on  February 3, 2019

    Salt-and-Sichuan pepper shrimp; The Wok Shop's 14" Carbon Steel Hand-Hammered Pow Wok Set, 6 pcs

  • threefourpfeif  on  February 3, 2019

    Gotta start simple with the dumpling dough

  • threefourpfeif  on  February 3, 2019

    I'd get the 14″ Carbon Steel Wok Set with Wood Helper Handle

  • jezpurr  on  February 3, 2019

    Moon Cake Molds!!!^_^

  • jezpurr  on  February 3, 2019

    Sweet-and-sour spare ribs!!!^_^

  • tennyogirl  on  February 3, 2019

    smacked cucumber

  • tennyogirl  on  February 3, 2019

    Moon cake mold

  • Kblg  on  February 3, 2019

    Green onion pancakes and the two tier stainless steel steamer!

  • Lafauvette  on  February 4, 2019

    smacked cucumbers

    I would love any of the woks!

  • Sfgordon  on  February 4, 2019

    I would try the baby bok choy with chicken

  • Kduncan  on  February 4, 2019

    14″ Carbon Steel Wok Set with Wood Helper Handle, would like stuff that doesn't break after a few users. I would make the Red-braised pork belly.

  • t.t  on  February 4, 2019

    Pork and shrimp shao mai; I would love one of the Chinese clay pots

  • cora429  on  February 5, 2019

    Stir-fried noodles with shrimp and vegetables

  • RickPearson54  on  February 5, 2019

    dumplings and cleavers

  • Dewnie  on  February 5, 2019

    Cleavers…..dumplings I would try….

  • lisambb  on  February 5, 2019

    Spring Rolls or Dumplings. They always go over well at my house so a new version is always appreciated.

  • Lmocooks  on  February 5, 2019

    Simple congee

    And a steamer basket would be cool

  • mrscahughes  on  February 6, 2019

    Hot Pot

  • JenjiRM  on  February 6, 2019

    Dumpling knots soup!

  • JenjiRM  on  February 6, 2019

    I would like to try steamers and tools!

  • tararr  on  February 7, 2019

    Vegetable cleaver would be lovely to use. And I would like to make the Green Onion Pancakes!

  • jenmatt  on  February 7, 2019

    Five-spice tofu gan with slivered pork and celery

  • outsidereader  on  February 12, 2019

    I would like to try the Smacked cucumber.

  • outsidereader  on  February 12, 2019

    I would like the Bamboo Steamers.

  • edyenicole  on  February 13, 2019

    the hot pot!! 😀

  • edyenicole  on  February 13, 2019

    the cast iron wok!

  • Karla123  on  February 14, 2019

    Spring rolls…Yum!

  • Karla123  on  February 14, 2019

    I'd like to try a bamboo steamer.

  • fbrunetti  on  February 21, 2019

    Soup dumplings (Xiao long bao)

  • Patoliv1312  on  February 23, 2019

    I definitely want to make the Handcut Homestyle Noodles.

  • Jenamarie  on  February 24, 2019

    Red-braised pork belly pot stickers

  • Jenamarie  on  February 24, 2019

    Carbon Steel Wok With Wood Side Handle

  • auntietina  on  February 25, 2019

    Winter melon soup with smoked ham hock.
    And I love the Lucky Cat Noodle Bowl. ( although to be honest I am kinda digging all the 'cat' bowls they have!)

  • TammyDee  on  February 28, 2019

    As much as I'm tempted by the dumpling recipes, I think I'd try the Sesame Flatbread first. It looks good.

  • TammyDee  on  February 28, 2019

    At The Wok Shop, I love the dragon pattern bowls. Those are gorgeous. I want every color!

  • choppergirl  on  March 1, 2019

    Spinach, egg, and shiitake dumplings and a 2 Tier Stainless Steel Steamer

  • monique.potel  on  March 1, 2019

    Chili black bean cod

  • upstatemissy  on  March 1, 2019

    I would love to try the pork and Chinese cabbage dumplings.

  • stigard  on  March 1, 2019

    I'd like to try the pork, shrimp, and Chinese chives dumplings (and other dumplings!)

  • LABeachGal  on  March 2, 2019

    Green onion pancakes! My daughter loves those!

  • LABeachGal  on  March 2, 2019

    I'd love to try the 2 Tier Stainless Steel Steamer!

  • Skamper  on  March 2, 2019

    Pork and Chinese cabbage dumplings!

  • rhinoblues  on  March 2, 2019

    All the dumplings!

    And a wok from the wok shop.

  • percussion03  on  March 2, 2019

    Home style hand-cut noodles and a glass teapot

  • Ledlund  on  March 2, 2019

    Sesame flat bread

  • KarenDel  on  March 6, 2019

    Green onion pancakes

  • KarenDel  on  March 6, 2019

    Traditional Cast Iron Wok

  • bookreadera  on  March 8, 2019

    I already made the General Tso's. Borrowed a copy from the library.

  • Rooks  on  March 8, 2019

    Kung Pao Chicken

  • demomcook  on  March 8, 2019

    Sesame flatbread (Shao bing).
    I would like so many things from the shop. The stovetop ceramic cookers look very interesting.

  • orchidlady01  on  March 9, 2019

    Pork and shrimp shao mai

  • orchidlady01  on  March 9, 2019

    I would get the Oyama Stainless Rice Cooker.

  • Elve56  on  March 9, 2019

    Spinach, egg and shiitake dumplings. I love that the cookbook also has a recipe for homemade dumpling dough.

  • starzine  on  March 13, 2019

    Beef with Chinese mustard greens dumplings.

  • starzine  on  March 13, 2019

    I would like to order the Bamboo Steamer with Adapter.

  • milgwimper  on  March 15, 2019

    Sesame flat bread , and the Benriner turning slicer

  • lalala  on  March 15, 2019

    spring rolls!!

  • dtremit  on  March 19, 2019

    Spicy Clams with Chinese Sausage sound delicious!

    And I really want a better cleaver!

  • Meabhy  on  March 19, 2019

    Chinese barbecued pork! And I'd love to try everything, but one of the woks would be my first choice

  • lauriesk  on  March 20, 2019

    Green onion pancakes

  • lauriesk  on  March 20, 2019

    I would like a wok from the wokshop

  • marsmomma  on  March 20, 2019

    I'd make Smacked Cucumber, my mom (who was Thai) used to make the best cooked cucumber dishes!

  • marsmomma  on  March 20, 2019

    I'd love to get an Ironwood Chopping Block from the wokshop, they look awesome!

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