Sponsored Video - AMOYzing Meals in a Minute

Chinese New Year is just around the corner and this year in 2015 is the year of the Goat. I don’t know about you but I find all the stuff about Chinese New Year amazing - I’m actually quite fascinated by it but more about that in a bit.

I absolutely love Chinese food, it's colourful, full of different textures and packed with flavour.  It's hard for me to pick a particular dish but I do like Kung Pao Chicken, it’s just too nice for words.  I love the tingly heat you get from Szechuan pepper (although Szechuan isn’t actually pepper) it is in fact, a dried berry for a type of ash tree.  So if you didn't know that, you do now

AMOY has partnered with International TV chef Ching-He Huang and in a series of videos she shows you how to create authentic Asian meals with just a handful of fresh ingredients and a dash of Amoy expertise. So if you love Chinese food take a look at this trailer video 'AMOYzing Meals in a Minute then simply follow the link to Amoy to see the recipe videos.

More about Chinese New Year:
This year 2015 is the 4712th Chinese year and there are 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac.  
In order the animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.

These 12 different animals were chosen after many revisions - the zodiac animals are either closely related to ancient Chinese people’s daily lives, or they have symbolic lucky meanings.

The Ox, Horse, Goat, Rooster, Pig, and Dog are six of the main domestic animals raised by Chinese people.  Apparently a traditional saying includes the phrase ‘the prosperity of the six domestic animals’ symbolizes a thriving family, which is why these six animals were selected.

The other six animals: Rat, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, and Monkey are all loved by the Chinese people and the dragon is a legendary animal with the symbolic meanings of good luck and power in Chinese culture.

Chinese people believe that the first king of China was the Yellow King (he was not the first emperor of China).  The Yellow King became king in 2697 B.C - therefore China will enter the 4712th year on 19th February 2015.

What's your favorite Chinese dish?

Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Amoy - all thoughts are my own.


  1. I didn't know that about the Szechwan pepper! I don't know if I could pick a favourite Chinese dish - I do love the flavours of the cuisine!

  2. My favourite Chinese dish is a tie between tofu in black bean sauce (they always make tofu SO much nicer than I do at home!), and egg fu yung - which I've actually made myself at home very successfully :)

  3. I had szechuan flower buds once and they were hideous -- a bitter, vegetal flavour and then that same numbing as the berries but much stronger. Uuugh!

  4. I do like working with Amoy as it's such a quick route to a yummy meal. I'm craving tofu in black bean sauce now.


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