It’s time to take a culinary journey around the world with the Eat the World recipe challenge. This month’s challenge takes us all the way to China and I have to admit, I was a little stumped on this one.
It seems odd to be stumped when thinking about a country as big as China, but that was actually the problem! China is so huge that I had trouble narrowing it down. Do I choose a specific region? Make (yet another) stir fry? I was perplexed.
Then I remembered that months ago Spud asked me if I could buy fortune cookies to go with our homemade stir fry. I didn’t buy any at the time, but it came to mind again as I was thinking about this challenge, so I decided to try my hand at making my own fortune cookies!
The cookies were super fun to make - though did involve some slightly scorched fingers! My family loved the flavor of the fortune cookies and the personalized fortunes!
Check out all the wonderful Chinese dishes prepared by fellow Eat the World members and share with #eattheworld. Click here to find out how to join and have fun exploring a country a month in the kitchen with us!
Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Scallion Pancakes
Pandemonium Noshery: See Ji Tan - Chinese Lion’s Head Meatballs
Amy’s Cooking Adventures: Homemade Fortune Cookies
CulturEatz: Easy Spicy Vegan Mapo Tofu
Magical Ingredients: Biang Biang Noodles
Kitchen Frau: Kung Pao Chicken
Sneha’s Recipe: Quick Pork Fried Rice
Making Miracles Zucchini Stir Fry
Sugarlovespices: Authentic Sichuan Mapo Tofu Recipe
A Day in the Life on the Farm: Lettuce Wraps
Disclaimer: This post contains a recipe highlighting a different country or culture. While I strive for authenticity, I sometimes need to make adjustments to recipes due to ingredient availability.
Homemade Fortune Cookies
Recipe from Red House Spice
3 egg whites
¼ cup white sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon almond extract
¼ cup butter , melted
2 tablespoon water
½ cup flour
Fortunes written on small slips of paper
Write out and cut apart fortunes, set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.
Place the egg whites and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat lightly until foamy.
Stir in the vanilla extract, melted butter and water. Beat until well mixed.
Add the flour and mix gently until smooth (do not over beat).
Pour 1 tablespoon of the batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Use the back of a spoon to spread the batter into a thin, even 4-inch round layer. Only bake 3-4 cookies at a time, since the next step is time sensitive.
Bake for 7-8 minutes or until the edges begin to lightly brown (this took closer to 10 minutes in my oven).
Once baked, remove the cookies from the oven. Flip a cookie, place a fortune in the middle, fold in half and then shape over the edge of a cup. Place the shaped fortune cookie in a muffin tin to help it keep its shape as it cools. Click here for a video that illustrates the shaping process.
Once the cookies are cool, they are ready to enjoy!
Amy Eats the World in...
Thailand: Chicken Satay
Kenya: Crunchy N’Dizi
Sweden: Rodbetssallad med Getost (Grated Beet Salad with Goat Cheese)
New Zealand: Kiwi Burger
France: Fougasse (Provencal Flatbread)
Argentina: Chimichurri Sauce
Mexico (Halloween Special): Pan de Muerto (Day of the Dead Bread)
India: Spiced Golden Milk
Poland: Chrusciki (Angel Wing Cookies)
Ethiopia: Buticha (Hummus)
England: Wizarding World of Harry Potter Leaky Cauldron-Style Mini Cottage Pie
Georgia: Lobiani (Bean-Stuffed Bread)
Mexico: Crispy Pork Carnitas
Cambodia: Loc Lac (Shredded Beef with Lime)
Israel: Chicken Albondigas (Chicken Meatballs)
Finland: Sima (Lemonade)
Puerto Rico: Arroz con Tocino (Rice with Bacon)
Egypt: Ghorayebah Cookies
Ukraine: Scuffles (Rohalyky) Cinnamon Crescent Rolls
Portugal: Bitoque (Steak & Eggs)
Germany (Christmas Special): Lebkuchenherzen (German "Gingerbread" Cookies)
Trinidad & Tobago: Trini Macaroni Pie
Iraq: T'bit (Slow Cooked Chicken & Brown Rice)
Fiji: Fijian Creamy Lentil Soup (Dhal)
Senegal: Cafe Touba (Senegalese Spiced Coffee)
Colombia: Cañón de Cerdo (Colombia-Style Pork Loin Roast)
Soul Food (United States): Oven-Baked Ribs with Cola BBQ Sauce
Bangladesh: Shemai (Sweet Vermicelli Pudding)
The Netherlands: Dutch Farmer’s Cheese Soup (Boerenkaas Soep)
Laos: Khao Piak Sen (Lao Chicken Noodle Soup)
Jamaica: Chicken & Pumpkin Soup
Vietnam: Vietnamese Chicken Porridge (Chao Ga)
Sudan: Red Lentil Soup (Sudanese Addas)
Luxembourg: Bouchée à la Reine (Vol-au-Vent)
Uruguay: Pasta Caruso