Carrie-Ann Inaba
Carrie-Ann Inaba

Jan 28, 2017 kicks of the Chinese Lunar New Year, and the year of the Rooster.  It’s a time to reflect the year past, share good fortune, and spend time with family and friends.  TV Celebrity and Dancer Carrie-Ann Inaba is looking forward to celebrating with her family this year, and has drawn upon her own Asian-ancestry to share tips and advice on enjoying the foods and festivities associated with Chinese New Year.  She has partnered with PF Chang’s home menu team to deliver easy Chinese New Year food tips!

Check out the video for the full interview, and read below for a brief transcript.

Parul: Tell us about what Chinese new year means to you.

Carrie-Ann: Chinese new year has been celebrated in my family since I was a young girl in Hawaii, we used to watch the Lion dance and music.  Its intended to bring good luck, and there is so much great symbolism in everything.  Hosting big dinners with family was a think we did.
(P): We hear you are hosting a Chinese New Year Party – tell us about it?

(CA): My fiance and I love entertaining with family and friends.  This year we are doing it with the help of PF Changs home menu.  Our dinner style serves 6 – 8 people, community style.  The PF Chang’s home menu items have authentic and bold flavors.  Food in Chinese New Year has symbolism (dumplings, noodles, ending with an orange), these all have meaning.

(P): What are some of the traditional foods you will serve and which are your favorites?

Definitely dumplings, veggie spring rolls for vegetarians, rices, noodles and my favorite dessert- fruit. The PF Chang’s home menu items I will serve are all rest quality, with bold flavors.  They were co-developed by the co-founder of PF Changs bistro.  Each item can be made in under 15 minutes, which is great when hosting.

Check out pfchangshomemenu.com for more information.

Wishing all who celebrate this festive time a Happy and Prosperous new year!