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Yee Sang (Chinese New Year Prosperity Salad)

Chinese New Year Yee Sang Salad recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

This Wednesday – the 7th Day of the 15-day Chinese New Year celebration – it’s your birthday!   But before you start asking everyone for gifts, it just happens to be their birthday too.  According to Chinese legend, humans were created on the 7th Day of the New Year, so to this day, it is celebrated as Renri 人日, which means “Human Day”. 

To celebrate together, Chinese families & friends in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia will enjoy a festive colored salad dish called Yee Sang 鱼生.

Chinese New Year Yee Sang Salad recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Everyone will gather around the table, chopsticks in hand, and toss the Yee Sang ingredients up in the air, while saying Lo Hei (toss up), or any well wishes for the New Year.

Celebrating Chinese New Year with Maggie Zhu of Omnivore's Cookbook

Dumplings for Chinese New Year celebration

This Thursday marks the beginning of Chinese New Year (also referred to as Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival 春节) – a 15 day celebration to ring in the New Year. To learn more about the festival, we spoke with Maggie Zhu, a Beijing native, who shares her passion and knowledge of Chinese cooking on her blog Omnivore’s Cookbook.


Reese: Throughout China, customs and traditions vary widely for the New Year. What are some of the ways your family celebrates the festival? 

Maggie: For my family, my father’s parents live in Tangshan (a small city in Hebei province, about 3 hours drive from Beijing) and my mother’s parents live in Beijing. Both my parents and I will drive to Tangshan on New Year’s Eve for a family gathering.  The celebration includes a lot of cooking and eating (especially homemade dumplings), setting off fireworks on New Year’s Eve, visiting houses of relatives who live nearby, and going to the Spring Festival market.

We usually visit my mother’s parents three or four days after New Year’s Day, and while it’s a much simpler gathering, it includes a lot of eating and gossiping (which I enjoy a lot).

Korean Beef Stir-Fry with Vegetables

Korean Beef Stir Fry with Vegetables by SeasonWithSpice.com

With the popularity of our Spicy Korean Chili Seasoning, we had so many requests over the holiday season for a new Korean blend. Since Spicy Korean Chili Seasoning is best in noodle and salad dishes, we wanted to create a complementary blend for flavoring meat – to be used either as a marinade for grilling or stir-frying, or as an easy seasoning once the meat is cooked. 

So by special request from you – and after lots of spice blending, cooking, and eating (our favorite part of the job) – we’re launching our new Korean BBQ Blend today.

Korean BBQ Blend available at SeasonWithSpice.com

We handcraft our Korean BBQ Blend with first a combination of ginger, garlic, and black pepper - the base flavor of many Korean BBQ dishes.  We then mix in some orange peel powder for a hint of citrus, and Korean chili for its sweet and spicy notes.  Finally, we stir in toasted sesame seeds to add an appetizingly nutty, crunch. 

The blend makes a quick Korean marinade for Korean BBQ dishes like bulgogi, or simply as a fun way to flavor grilled beef, pork or chicken.  You can also skip the marinade, and just use the blend as a seasoning on grilled meats and veggies, stir-fries, and your home cooked Korean dishes. 

We love it in a tasty Korean Beef Stir-Fry with Vegetables.

Easy Sesame Shrimp with Sweet Peas

Easy Sesame Shrimp with Sweet Peas by SeasonWithSpice.com

Skip the pre-made stir-fry bags at the grocery store with their funny tasting sauces, and cook up a healthy and delicious homemade stir-fry with just a couple of ingredients from the freezer – like jumbo shrimp and sweet peas. 

Along with a few Asian sauces and spices from your pantry, you’ll have this Easy Sesame Shrimp with Sweet Peas prepped, cooked, and on the table before anyone can ask, “What’s for dinner?”

Easy Sesame Shrimp with Sweet Peas recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

I always have a couple of bags of frozen shrimp and frozen veggies stocked up for whenever I run out of fresh ingredients for stir-fries in the middle of winter.  Just a quick run over with cold water, and they’re ready to cook up for a quick dinner with rice.

Miso Soba Noodle Soup

Miso Soba Noodle Soup recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

It’s been a whirlwind tour of Asian flavors during this first month of 2015 – from Indian inspired Tandoori Chicken to a spicy sizzling Korean Tofu Stew, and from a quick fix Thai Tom Yum Soup to a Slow-Cooked Chinese Five Spice Chicken.  Before the month comes to an end, we jump over to Japan for a taste of early spring with this bowl of Miso Soba Noodle Soup.

Miso soba noodle soup by SeasonWithSpice.com

For the base of this Miso Soba Noodle Soup, it’s just a mix of shiitake mushroom broth (or dashi broth) and yellow miso paste.

If you’ve been preparing some of my Japanese recipes, you've definitely discovered the must-have ingredient of yellow miso paste.  It’s healthy and warming, and I really want you to find various ways to incorporate it into your diet, especially during the winter.

To create the mushroom broth, use fresh shiitake mushrooms in combination with our Shiitake Mushroom Powder.  The pairing works well to give this vegetarian soup that extra richness to the base flavor.

Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup + Homemade Chicken Stock Recipe


After you’ve enjoyed the Slow-Cooked Chinese Five Spice Chicken with Cashews & Shiitake Mushrooms, you’re all set to make chicken stock, as well as Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner the next day.


After dinner, transfer all the leftover veggies, cashews, mushrooms, and sauce into one container, and all the meat you can remove from the chicken into another container.

Place the chicken bones back into the slow cooker, and toss in onion, carrot, celery, coriander seeds, and a bay leaf.  Fill it up with water (about 3/4 full).  Cook on low overnight to create a flavorful stock by morning.  

You’ll have enough homemade chicken stock for a few meals, so just keep a portion out for dinner to use in the Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup.

Slow-Cooked Chinese Five Spice Chicken with Cashews & Shiitake Mushrooms

Slow Cooked Chinese Five Spice Chicken with Cashews & Shiitake Mushrooms recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Since winter started, many customers have been walking into the store and asking, “What do you recommend using in a slow-cooker?”

That’s an easy answer – Sichuan Chinese Five Spice.  But until today, we haven’t had a slow-cooker recipe up on the site to share with all of you who have requested it.  So here’s the first – Slow Cooked Chinese Five Spice Chicken with Cashews & Shiitake Mushrooms.