There are some ingredients that are considered auspicious in Chinese culture and used mostly during the Chinese New Year. The auspicious symbolism of these foods is based on their pronunciations or appearance. The preparation, and the way it is served and eaten matters a lot too. I have used black moss (wealth), prawns (liveliness), shitake mushrooms (longevity, great opportunities) and leeks (lots of money) in this pasta dish. 𝒞𝒽𝑒𝑒𝓇𝓈 𝓉𝑜 𝒶 𝒽𝒶𝓅𝓅𝓎 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝓅𝓇𝑜𝓈𝓅𝑒𝓇𝑜𝓊𝓈 𝐿𝓊𝓃𝒶𝓇 𝒞𝒽𝒾𝓃𝑒𝓈𝑒 𝒩𝑒𝓌.
300 g angel hair pasta (capellini)
2 tablespoons salted butter
200 g medium prawns, peeled and deveined
2 cloves garlic, minced
150 g Chinese leeks, sliced
100 g fresh Shitake mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine (optional)
2 tablespoons soaked black moss
3 tablespoons soy sauce
300 ml milk
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
40 g chopped spring onions
100 g grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
Boil pasta according to directions on packaging, drain and keep aside. Reserve 250 ml of the pasta water.
Heat butter in a wok and stir fry the prawns on high heat until is cooked. Remove from the wok and keep aside.
Into the butter that is remaining in the wok, add in the minced garlic and leeks and sauté for 1 minute.
Add in the mushrooms and sauté briefly.
Add in rice wine, pasta water and the black moss and deglaze the pan. Cook the mushrooms for about 2 minutes.
Add in the boiled pasta, soy sauce, milk and extra virgin olive oil and toss well. Adjust salt and pepper.
Add in the cooked prawns, chopped spring onions and Parmesan cheese. Toss to mix well.
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