Take-out Tuesday, Chinese New Year

Happy Fat Tuesday!

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We’ve been Mardi Gras-ing it up around here, but February is so full of holidays and celebrations, we might as well squeeze one more in and celebrate Chinese New Year 🎉

This year the celebration began February 8.  It lasts for seven days so there’s still plenty of time to celebrate…

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One Chinese tradition is to decorate homes with red paper cut outs representing  good luck, fortune and longevity.

Well, I’m all for that!  Here are some Asian style recipes you can whip up to join the celebration-

Both of these dishes are 5 minute prep recipes and better than any take-out

Asian Short Ribs are a favorite at my house, I make these all the time~

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Fast, easy and fabulous!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4


  • slow cooker


  • 8 meaty short ribs
  • 1 bottle Asian sweet chili sauce about 1 cup
  • 1 bottle Hoisin sauce { Chinese BBQ sauce} about 1 cup
  • 3-4 green onions sliced, for garnish
  • toasted sesame seeds for garnish


  • Place short ribs in a slow cooker that has been sprayed with cooking oil spray.
  • Season. Mix sauces together and pour over meat.
  • Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours. Serves 4
  • Serve over rice or noodles, spooning additional sauce over all.


You can make this with chicken thighs too, reduce time to 4-6 hours on low
Keyword easy dinner, hoisin sauce, short ribs, slow cooker, sweet chili sauce

Psst…If you want to make your own hoisin sauce, it’s so easy~


make your own hoisin sauce with pantry ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course condiment
Cuisine Asian


  • 4 T soy sauce
  • 1 T peanut butter
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • dash garlic powder
  • dash ground ginger
  • dash of minced onions
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • dash of pepper
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce


  • Place ingredients in a jar and shake, or whisk in a bowl to thoroughly blend


This makes about 1/2 cup sauce
Double recipe as needed
Keyword Asian sauce, BBQ sauce

Sesame Peanut Noodles are a tasty little side dish or add cooked pork, shrimp or chicken for a complete meal

sesame peanut noodles

Chinese New Year celebrations also include fireworks, so you might want to make these Asian Firecracker Wontons

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This is my son’s creation, he’s famous for his wontons~ they show up at a lot of parties and can be made ahead of time and frozen

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So much to celebrate!


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs

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9 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Chinese New Year”
  1. Mary says:

    Lots of delicious food to celebrate with Jenna! We just enjoyed some short ribs a week ago, we need to try your Asian version!

  2. Jenna, such beautiful food to entice me! I love short ribs and I like the sound of your recipe! Have a fabulous Tuesday!!

  3. Emily says:

    So much fun and good food around your home Jenna, I will be right over! Those Asian ribs look delicious, my favorite of today’s recipes. Love to decorate here too, always happy to use red hearts. Enjoy your day……….

  4. Lynn says:

    Wish I had a little bit of everything for dinner tonight:@)

  5. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    Love those little firecrackers! Happy New Year and Happy Mardi Gras!

  6. Kim says:

    Those ribs sound delish! We celebrated with an Asian pork chop, oriental cole slaw and sautèd veggies. My red decorations included paper napkins. Simple, but festive. I wonder what the year of the monkey will bring us?!?

  7. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Jenna,
    What a fun party with fantastic food! Hope you have a very special Valentine Day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. These short ribs have my mouth watering Jenna. It never occured to me one could make hoisin sauce. Thanks for sharing this. I am going to make this!

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