It's Chinese New Years tomorrow and this year we will be welcoming the year of the Monkey! As in many other Chinese households, Chinese New Years has always been a BIG thing for us growing up. There were lots of fun visits to the homes of friends and families where we'd be given red pockets or "li see" by married adults. These red envelopes were filled with money so needless to say, children were especially excited to make these visits to their relative's homes.
Once together, we'd have many scrumptious meals together partaking in "auspicious" foods that are phonetically synonymous with positive attributes like good luck (oysters), prosperity (black fungus), abundance (fish), improvement (glutinous rice cake), reunion (sweet rice balls), longevity (noodles) and last but not least, wealth (mandarin). Hence, my little sweeties today.
These mandarin orange macarons are really easy to make. You only need to bake the orange shells and then spend some time sculpting the fondant. Once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to make them quickly and the results are well worth it. I'll be bringing them to Chinese New Years dinner and I'll surely leave with some "li see" of my own. It sounds like an amazing new year already 🙂
I wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year ahead. And if you haven't yet, subscribe to my blog newsletter or YouTube channel. In this latest Mandarin Macaron video, you will even hear me speak Chinese! You don't want to miss me embarrassing myself 🙂
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