If I have not said this yet, I love love love my Air Fryer 🙂 . With Chinese New Year approaching, I’m trying to find recipes I can replicate easily in Canada & it isn’t always easy. With Christmas, I wake up every day feeling festive like everyone else because Christmas is a much bigger event than Chinese New Year in my town. Chinese New Year really isn’t widely celebrated in my town so it can feel harder to be the only one getting excited about it. Thankfully, my Instant Vortex Plus is helping me get excited Cos there are so many Chinese New Year stuff that I can easily replicate using this one appliance 🙂
Anyhow, this took me 2 packets of crab sticks. Make sure you buy the rectangular ones.
In Singapore, they sell this during Chinese New Year and they are deep fried so it is pretty labour intensive which also meant they sell it pretty expensive but this air fryer version taste as good, uses way less oil and is so easy to make. I made all these in 4 batches in my air fryer and each batch took about 20 mins at 320 fahrenheit. While it was cooking, I just used the time to make my wontons.
Green Pea Cookie, I feel is one of those very understated cookie. If Chinese New Year Cookies were a group of friends, Green Pea would be the wallflower, Pineapple Cookies would be my popular & vivacious friends and Me, I am definitely the Walnut Cookie, the Nutty & Klutzy one in the group haha 😛
Lol anyhow, while Green Pea Cookie is very often overlooked compared to her more flashy friends, she is so so yummy. And it’s the type of cookie that the more you eat, the more you want more.
And it is a very easy recipe. Oh well maybe not my first round Cos the first time I made it, I had to wash the peas, dry them, roast and then grind them 😥 . Definitely not this Lazy Mommy idea of a lazy way to bake lol.
I might be lazy but I’m definitely determined when it comes to finding lazy ways to bake quality food. So this time, I had this bright idea and it actually worked!!!! 😉
Instead of fresh peas, I used these green pea snacks 😎 & they work perfectly! 😀 . Just make sure you are using the plain flavored ones and not the Wasabi Spicy ones lol. Otherwise, be prepared for a very spicy cookie hahaa..
1 Cup Ground Green Peas
1.5 Cup Flour
2/3 Cup Icing Sugar
100 gram Vegetable Oil
1 beaten Egg Yolk to glaze the top of cookies
Combine top 4 ingredients in a mixing bowl until well mixed into a dough
If too dry, add a bit more oil gradually
If too oily, add a bit more flour gradually
I find this recipe very forgiving
Glaze the top of cookies
Bake in Vortex Plus for 12 mins
Switch the trays midway
When it’s done, let it cool before storing it. This would stay well in freezer as well.
One thing I want to incorporate at our Chinese New Year Party is the Hot Pot or Steamboat and to me, fish balls is to Hot Pot like Cheese is to Fondue. It just feels odd without fish balls at my Chinese New Year dinner. I can get frozen fish balls here but they really dun taste as good as the fresh ones we get in the supermarkets in Singapore and I really didn’t want to treat my guests to sub par fish balls. I thought okay maybe I could make the fish balls myself .. I mean how hard can that be right? Lol
Oh well, too bad my town or nearby towns doesn’t the kind of fish I need to make yummy fish balls. Sure, I could drive 7 hours to Edmonton but hmmm if I’m already there, I might as well buy the fish balls instead of the fish to make it 😀
Then it occurred to me that why not make shrimp balls 🥰🥰.. they are as yummy and easier to make. So there we go 😀
Finely minced Shrimps (I use about 18 medium shrimps and mince it in my food processor)
Dash of salt
Dash of white pepper
Dash of Ground Ginger (optional)
Dried chives (as much or as little as you like)
3 tsp corn starch
Combine all the ingredients and stir them until everything is well mixed
They say to best stir them in one direction till well mixed but oh well, I forgot lol but they still tasted pretty good 😀
Place covered in fridge for a few hours
Boil some water or broth and while boiling, place the shrimp paste in by spoonful. I use a teaspoon but you can use a tablespoon and make the shrimp balls bigger. It really is your own personal preference.
It cooks very fast and once the shrimp balls float to surface, they are done 🙂
I tried a few today and they tasted great! Now the challenge is to not finish them before my CNY Party LOL….These do freeze really well so for those of us who can’t just conveniently get fresh fish balls or prawn balls, this is a great alternative. Make a big batch and freeze them.
Are you all prepared for your Chinese New Year? I know I’m not but I’m definitely using any free time I have now to prep for our Chinese New Year.