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 10th, 2019.


  • rchesser  on  1/28/2019 at 2:52 PM

    Chinese Soul Food

  • rchesser  on  1/28/2019 at 2:54 PM

    The Hot Pot.

  • Dewnie  on  1/28/2019 at 3:02 PM

    Green onion pancakes......yum

  • jmay42066  on  1/28/2019 at 3:15 PM

    Spring rolls

  • jmay42066  on  1/28/2019 at 3:23 PM

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

  • NaomiH  on  1/28/2019 at 3:28 PM

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

  • lpatterson412  on  1/28/2019 at 3:32 PM

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

  • NaomiH  on  1/28/2019 at 3:33 PM

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

  • MadMom  on  1/28/2019 at 3:36 PM

    Spring rolls - I love them!

  • EmilyR  on  1/28/2019 at 4:19 PM

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

  • EmilyR  on  1/28/2019 at 4:23 PM

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

  • Zephyrness  on  1/28/2019 at 4:30 PM

    beef and mustard greens dumpling

  • Kiyah  on  1/28/2019 at 5:22 PM

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

  • floridagld  on  1/28/2019 at 5:57 PM

    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. Thanks

  • floridagld  on  1/28/2019 at 6:01 PM

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

  • Truckergirl1022  on  1/28/2019 at 6:03 PM

    The hot pot

  • lselke  on  1/28/2019 at 6:30 PM

    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  1/28/2019 at 7:14 PM

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

  • WCchopper  on  1/28/2019 at 7:16 PM

    And I would love some steamers from the Wok Shop

  • DarcyVaughn  on  1/28/2019 at 7:17 PM

    Red-braised pork belly pot stickers

  • Shelley.b  on  1/28/2019 at 7:36 PM

    Green onion pancake

  • Shelley.b  on  1/28/2019 at 7:38 PM

    Bsmboo steamer baskets

  • Francisa  on  1/28/2019 at 7:39 PM

    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  1/28/2019 at 7:46 PM

    Spinach, egg, and shiitake dumplings

  • MiMi60  on  1/28/2019 at 7:51 PM

    love some steamers

  • vickster  on  1/29/2019 at 7:37 AM

    Try Wontons and buy carbon-steel wok

  • Brancica  on  1/29/2019 at 8:44 AM

    Whole fish dishes would be wonderful for the Chinese new year

  • hirsheys  on  1/29/2019 at 9:43 AM

    Chinese noodles in meat sauce (Zha jiang mian)

  • hirsheys  on  1/29/2019 at 9:46 AM

    Chinese rolling pin

  • jinni  on  1/29/2019 at 10:37 AM

    Chili black bean cod

  • popoff  on  1/29/2019 at 11:56 AM

    Any kind of dumpling!

  • camtncook  on  1/29/2019 at 12:09 PM

    Pork and Chinese cabbage dumplings

  • riley  on  1/29/2019 at 1:03 PM

    Basil, chicken and shrimp dumplings

  • riley  on  1/29/2019 at 1:05 PM

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

  • parnassus  on  1/29/2019 at 1:29 PM

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

  • Amandaspamanda  on  1/29/2019 at 2:05 PM

    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  1/29/2019 at 2:41 PM

    I would try the Spring Rolls first!

  • nicolepellegrini  on  1/29/2019 at 3:24 PM

    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  1/29/2019 at 3:39 PM

    Lion's head meatballs

  • love2chow  on  1/29/2019 at 3:40 PM

    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  1/29/2019 at 3:46 PM

    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  1/29/2019 at 6:12 PM

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

  • Kellyr78  on  1/29/2019 at 6:16 PM

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

  • DarcyVaughn  on  1/29/2019 at 6:57 PM

    Bamboo steamer baskets

  • ebs  on  1/29/2019 at 8:31 PM

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

  • davisesq212  on  1/29/2019 at 8:33 PM

    I want to try the orange beef first!

  • ebs  on  1/29/2019 at 8:36 PM

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

  • happybread  on  1/30/2019 at 1:07 PM

    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  1/30/2019 at 1:10 PM

    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  1/30/2019 at 1:12 PM

    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  1/30/2019 at 7:22 PM

    green onion pancakes and the wok

  • kitchen_chick  on  1/30/2019 at 7:35 PM

    esame flatbread (Shao bing)

  • kitchen_chick  on  1/30/2019 at 7:40 PM

    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  1/31/2019 at 8:23 AM

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

  • davisesq212  on  1/31/2019 at 2:43 PM

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

  • debbiehb  on  2/1/2019 at 10:30 AM

    Fried rice

  • debbiehb  on  2/1/2019 at 10:34 AM

    I'd try one of the cleavers

  • kmn4  on  2/1/2019 at 2:58 PM

    Dry-fried green beans

  • kmn4  on  2/1/2019 at 3:18 PM

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

  • mimibakes  on  2/1/2019 at 7:33 PM

    Green onion pancakes!

  • hillsboroks  on  2/1/2019 at 8:15 PM

    Dry-fried green beans

  • Uhmandanicole  on  2/2/2019 at 1:48 AM

    Dumpling dough ! My grandmother never taught me.

  • Uhmandanicole  on  2/2/2019 at 1:48 AM

    Also would love to have any wok and cooking accessories

  • cheftina888  on  2/2/2019 at 12:05 PM

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

  • mcrimmins  on  2/2/2019 at 1:15 PM

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

  • punktshittake  on  2/2/2019 at 5:45 PM

    Pork dumplings!

  • LaurenE  on  2/2/2019 at 7:24 PM

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

  • Nkrieda78  on  2/2/2019 at 7:56 PM

    The sweet and sour spare ribs look amazing!

  • erinrobinson  on  2/2/2019 at 10:47 PM

    Hot and sour soup

  • monasli  on  2/2/2019 at 11:55 PM

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

  • sequoia55  on  2/3/2019 at 2:53 AM

    Orange Beef

  • RSW  on  2/3/2019 at 8:10 AM

    dumpling dough - and then the dumplings Yum.

  • RSW  on  2/3/2019 at 9:09 AM

    A carbon steel wok from the wok shop.

  • BMeyer  on  2/3/2019 at 12:23 PM

    chicken with brocollini

  • nomadchowwoman  on  2/3/2019 at 3:12 PM

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

  • Dannausc  on  2/3/2019 at 3:32 PM

    Green onion pancakes

  • Dannausc  on  2/3/2019 at 3:34 PM

    I would like a steamer.

  • nomadchowwoman  on  2/3/2019 at 3:35 PM

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

  • sallansd  on  2/3/2019 at 5:11 PM

    the Chicken with snow peas looks yummy

  • sallansd  on  2/3/2019 at 5:15 PM

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

  • Lauramh  on  2/3/2019 at 6:31 PM

    Hot pot for sure!

  • thecharlah  on  2/3/2019 at 7:22 PM

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

  • threefourpfeif  on  2/3/2019 at 7:38 PM

    Gotta start simple with the dumpling dough

  • threefourpfeif  on  2/3/2019 at 8:16 PM

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

  • jezpurr  on  2/3/2019 at 8:19 PM

    Moon Cake Molds!!!^_^

  • jezpurr  on  2/3/2019 at 8:35 PM

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

  • tennyogirl  on  2/3/2019 at 10:07 PM

    smacked cucumber

  • tennyogirl  on  2/3/2019 at 10:09 PM

    Moon cake mold

  • Kblg  on  2/3/2019 at 10:10 PM

    Green onion pancakes and the two tier stainless steel steamer!

  • Lafauvette  on  2/4/2019 at 10:54 AM

    smacked cucumbers I would love any of the woks!

  •  on  2/4/2019 at 1:02 PM

    I would like to try the Heavy Duty Meat Cleaver from the Wok shop. Cleavers haven't made it into my cooking toolset yet.

  • Sfgordon  on  2/4/2019 at 1:09 PM

    I would try the baby bok choy with chicken

  • Kduncan  on  2/4/2019 at 3:38 PM

    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  2/4/2019 at 4:34 PM

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

  • cora429  on  2/5/2019 at 6:53 AM

    Stir-fried noodles with shrimp and vegetables

  • RickPearson54  on  2/5/2019 at 7:30 AM

    dumplings and cleavers

  • Dewnie  on  2/5/2019 at 11:34 AM

    Cleavers.....dumplings I would try....

  • lisambb  on  2/5/2019 at 12:54 PM

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

  • Lmocooks  on  2/5/2019 at 8:19 PM

    Simple congee And a steamer basket would be cool

  • mrscahughes  on  2/6/2019 at 3:06 PM

    Hot Pot

  • JenjiRM  on  2/6/2019 at 3:54 PM

    Dumpling knots soup!

  • JenjiRM  on  2/6/2019 at 3:56 PM

    I would like to try steamers and tools!

  • tararr  on  2/7/2019 at 8:32 AM

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

  • jenmatt  on  2/7/2019 at 5:29 PM

    Five-spice tofu gan with slivered pork and celery

  • outsidereader  on  2/12/2019 at 4:02 PM

    I would like to try the Smacked cucumber.

  • outsidereader  on  2/12/2019 at 4:41 PM

    I would like the Bamboo Steamers.

  • edyenicole  on  2/13/2019 at 7:22 PM

    the hot pot!! :D

  • edyenicole  on  2/13/2019 at 7:24 PM

    the cast iron wok!

  • Karla123  on  2/14/2019 at 6:55 PM

    Spring rolls...Yum!

  • Karla123  on  2/14/2019 at 7:13 PM

    I'd like to try a bamboo steamer.

  • fbrunetti  on  2/21/2019 at 2:35 PM

    Soup dumplings (Xiao long bao)

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