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Chinese New Year Dinner: Lion’s Head Meatballs

Chinese New Year is a special event, so serve a special dinner of Lion’s Head Meatballs. Giant pork meatballs packed with crisp, Asian flavors,  simmered in a coconut bath.

Chinese New Year is a special event, so serve a special dinner of Lion's Head Meatballs. Giant pork meatballs packed with crisp, Asian flavors,  simmered in a coconut bath. \\ PassTheSushi.com

It’s Chinese New Year today and we are going to bust open our fortune cookies and have a great celebration of Chinese food today.

I’ve always been told that American Chinese food isn’t really Chinese food at all. I believe this to be 99% true, in the way that Olive Garden isn’t Italian. Sure it’s still pasta and sauce, but the delivery probably isn’t anywhere near close to traditional.

But lucky me (or unlucky) my family didn’t do Chinese takeout growing up. I don’t remember having it. Ever. It was late into my teen years before I ever bit into a carry out stale and soggy crab rangoon, and not long there after that a great friend of mine took me for dumplings in China town, NYC.

Now, I am ignorant on the subject of what makes a dish traditional and what makes it American “Chinese food” so I am not even going to begin to pretend that this post is in any way authentic, however, it was a blast to make and fun to share my weird blogging-ness with family for this Chinese New Year’s themed spread.

Chinese New Year is a special event, so serve a special dinner of Lion's Head Meatballs. Giant pork meatballs packed with crisp, Asian flavors,  simmered in a coconut bath. \\ PassTheSushi.com

 I am kicking off Chinese New Year with Lion’s Head Meatballs, a recipe I have wanted to try for years.

The idea of giant pork meatballs packed with crisp Asian flavors and simmered in a coconut bath had me salivating. I bookmarked it and would occasional revisit the idea. It took this wonderful occasion as the reason for me to finally give a trial run for these bad boys.

I kept the overall meal relatively mild as far as pepper and spice goes. When I make these again, I will add some red curry paste to the coconut milk, and more pepper to the meatballs. Once again, I am not educated in Chinese cuisine, but I feel that with a name like Lion’s head, it should have bark and bite. 😉

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Chinese New Year is a special event, so serve a special dinner of Lion's Head Meatballs. Giant pork meatballs packed with crisp, Asian flavors,  simmered in a coconut bath. \\ PassTheSushi.com

Sharon | Chinese Soup Pot

Monday 30th of January 2012

Happy Chinese New Year. This is my first time seeing lion head meatballs served in a coconut sauce. This is certainly an interesting fusioned twist! =) Thanks for sharing this recipe!

BigFatBaker

Tuesday 24th of January 2012

Yum!! I love love love asian food. I want to travel to asia to eat the food. I'll have to make these to fill my craving because they sound amazing!

Kim Bee

Monday 23rd of January 2012

Oh my Kita. I just made meatballs the other day but I now want them again so I can cook them in a coconut bath. You are a genius!!! My crush just got bigger. Lol!

Stephanie

Monday 23rd of January 2012

Kita, these meatballs look just fabulous! The sauce sounds really tasty too!

Ann

Monday 23rd of January 2012

Happy Chinese New Year and do these meatballs ever look delicious! I LOVE the sauce and while I can't tell you if they're authentic, they sure do look tasty!