Gung Hay Fat Choy & Giveaway

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Monday January 23rd marked the beginning of the Spring Festival in Chinese culture, otherwise known as Chinese New Year.   This 15 day long celebration is the most important of all the traditional Chinese holidays.    On Chinese New Years Eve (or Eve Of The Passing Year), which just happens to be tonight, families come together for their annual reunion dinner.

Chinese New Year is celebrated by many Asian countries which have significant Chinese populations. You’ll find celebrations in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and even in your local Chinatown.Celebrations include many dinners,  visiting with family and friends, fireworks and firecrackers, dragon parades, and on the 15th day, the Lantern Festival.

I grew up in a home where my step father was Chinese, and I remember this holiday well.  Though I didn’t understand the significance at the time, I do remember waking up to a little red envelope with a few dollars inside.  I don’t think we did it every year,just while we were small.  Though he is no longer with the my family, I feel blessed to have learned about other cultures during my childhood.

So If you haven’t quite decided what to make for dinner tonight, why not try a few simple recipes and bring the celebration to your own family.  With VH sauces and recipes, you can easily make a Chinese inspired dinner at home and celebrate the beginning of the new Lunar Year with your family.

You can find all the recipes you need to introduce the Chinese New Year on the VH Sauces website.  Recipes like Hoisin Meatballs with Pineapple and Spring rolls with Hoisin Dip are sure to be popular at the dinner table.

Tonight I’ll actually me serving the Beef, Chicken & Bacon Stir Fry along with curry noodles and home made Spring rolls.  But if you day doesn’t include time to cook dinner tonight, don’t fret.  To save time you can try VH Steamers.  You can find them in your freezer section of your grocery store, and they are a very yummy alternative to cooking everything yourself.  My oldest son (6) loves these!

If you are looking for more inspiration from VH, you can find them on their new Facebook Page!


In order to shake up your kitchen routine a little bit, I have a VH New Years Gift Pack to give to one of my lucky Canadian readers.  The prize is valued at $60 and all you have to do to enter is:

Mandatory Entry: Tell me in a comment below how you introduce culture into your dinner time meals?

Bonus Entries:

  • Follow @Jen_Banks on twitter
  • Tweet out the following: “Gung Hay Fat Choy! Win a $60 Chinese New Year gift pack from VH.  Can Only #VHSauces”
  • Like A Busy Mommy on Facebook
Contest Rules: Contest is open to residents of Canada only.  Contest ends on February 10th at 11:59pm Atlantic time.  Winner will be selected at random and contacted via email.  Odds in winning depends on the number of entries collected.  Winner selected at random.  Mandatory entry must be completed for bonus entries to be valid.   Only one ‘tweet’ entry per day.
Disclosure: I am participating in the VH Chinese New Year Celebration program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of VH.  I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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  1. We find our kids are fairly resistant to change at the dinner table. For us the best approach is to try a new food, found at a restaurant first and then try to recreate it at home.

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  4. We introduce culture by trying new sauces or new spices in our everyday meals

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  7. We introduce culture by trying recipes from different countries


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  11. I use a lot of spices, Thai pastes, and things like coconut milk.

  12. We try spices and cheese from other cultures and countries, we look for new recipes from other cultures and try them now and then

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  15. We always eat and try different ethnic foods so we are used to it.

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  18. kara sceviour says:

    WE eat chinese food every now and then, ither then that we dont introduce much culture,,,:)Would love to win! karasceviour at hotmail dot com

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  20. Anne Taylor says:

    When my kids were growing up I worked at a non profit Immigrant Association and as a result got to know alot of people from so many different cultures. We were often treated to dishes from many countries and we learned to cook them for ourselves in community kitchens; the kids benefited from this and as a result have a really varied palettes!


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  24. I tell my son the country where the dish if from, what language they speak and if I have the map handy I’d show the country on the map. I haven’t done this many times as he is still young but I try to introduce it as much as I can.

  25. Melanie Brown says:

    We like to try new sauces

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  29. SweetPanda says:

    we try different recipes from different countries from time to time

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  32. Apart from serving the occasional stir-fry or tacos, my family is not too adventurous with food!

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  35. We try new and different recipes to introduce culture into our meals.

  36. I try to cook different foods at home to get them to try it and that introduces them to various cultures!

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  39. by trying new recipies from other countries. or by having a theme meal nigth with a different country each time.

  40. I ask friends with different backgrounds for their recipes!

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  42. We like to try out foods from other cultures on a regular basis-some are more popular than others!

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  44. Karla Sceviour says:

    We introduce culture into our dinner meals by trying out different foods,mexican,italian,chinese,etc..
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  48. We introduce culture in our meals once a week, as a taster night, something new, its chanllenging :)

  49.’s fun and challenging :)

  50. we introduce culture, by eating a WIDE variety of foods: we love mexican night, butter chicken or korma, chinese, thai, etc etc.

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  53. Janice Lynds says:

    I like to try different foods from different cultures. The first time I go to a restaurant before I attempt to make the same dish at home.

  54. We like to try different foods ourselves so we say to the kids about trying it and they will an sometimes we luck out and they will eat a good ammount to try and make new meals with different sauces and so on is always good.

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  58. I don’t tell my kids what they’ve eaten till after the meal.

  59. I try to make different foods for the family to try.
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  63. My husband and I both love different foods from different cultures. When we have something new the kids have to try it. They may not always like it but at least they taste it.

  64. We introduce culture into our meals by trying different recipes.

  65. I try to make different recipes to get the kids trying different things.

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  68. Jennifer Duke says:

    I often introduce asian inspired dishes and almost exclusively use VH sauces. Most recently I made turkey meatballs and covered them with General Tao stirfry sauce.These make a great appetizer or serve with rice for dinner.

  69. Andrea Amy says:

    I like to try different foods from different cultures. I try to introduce them with foods that are familiar to the family as my husband and kids are a little leerie of new foods, but we have found some great stuff that we like by doing this.

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  73. stacey dempsey says:

    We like to try out foods from other parts of the world, especially places i have traveled to, i did alot of traveling when i was younger and i have stories to go with the foods

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  77. I like to try recipes from ethnic cookbooks to experience something new!

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  80. We introduce culture by having theme night dinners.

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  84. I don’t consciously introduce culture into our dinner but I like food from different cultures so our regular meals are usually a wide variety.

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  88. I try a lot of different Indian foods, they’re my hubby’s favorite!

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  91. Valerie Theberge says:

    I love trying new recipes from all countries! I love Asian food. I am looking for recipes on the Internet to inspire me.

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  94. We always honor other cultures by eating out and doing it right. We eat indian, sushi, italian. I cannot cook most of this at home and would not honor it if I tried!

  95. I don’t introduce much culture into our meals, but would love some ideas. We do however, try different sauces and dips with different foods!

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  98.!/tomgirlbc/status/161628326761480192 i introduce difference meals into our dinners sometimes by accident and everyone seems to enjoy them

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  100. bc edwards says:

    my family loves broccoli so we tend to do a lot of stir frys.!/jackalJarrod/status/161650868549206017

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  104. we try meals from different cultures whenever we can!

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  107. I love to cook Indian meals at least once a week! I love to spice it up!

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  112. I introduce a lot of multi cultural meals by cooking all kinds of different ethnic foods. i love to cook and experiment

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  116. I try and introduce culture into your dinner time meals by having something from each culture everday , mexican one day then chinese and so on.

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  119.!/tomgirlbc/status/162329461340123136 i try something new everyday, I am amazing

  120. I try new recipes from when we travel!

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  126. I introduce different ingredients slowly to see how the family likes them first before making a full meal.

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  134. I try to tell my kids where things are from if we are having a meal that I can tie to somewhere else in the world. they are still pretty young, but knowing that pasta is an Italian dish etc. is a way for them to learn there are other places. As they get older I think we’ll probably do theme nights since that can be fun finding all the things needed, putting it together and then getting to eat our creations.

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  138. I have a set of spices from around the world that I have been experimenting with, unfortunately no asain inspired spices so this would be a great giveaway for me.

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  142. I’m always looking at recipes such as asian, south asian, european, spanish, etc for inspiration to add new flavors to my cooking.

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  145. stacey dempsey says:

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  146. I already enjoy food from different cultures, but always love to try new dishes.

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  148. SueSueper says:

    My kids easily try new things so it is not difficult to make new things and have us all enjoy.

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  156. We try out different foods but can’t go too spicy since my better half has a hard time with that.

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  161. our efforts need work – so far tacos for dinner are about as cultured as we get… decorating seems like a cute idea!

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  175. i like to introduce culture into our family meals particularly around the holidays, by adding a special traditional side to our main holiday meal, or by making special traditional treats, baking, and desserts!

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  180. We introduce cultural foods in to our meal time by designating a night to a different cultures food and voting on what we will make that night. For example we’ll have Mexican night and look up recipes of different dishes from Mexico and vote on the one we want. Usually ends up being tacos on that night lol.

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