Welcome the Dragon with VH Sauces

Tomorrow brings in the Chinese New Year and in our house we couldn’t be more excited.  We have spent our weekend having fun with family, and cleaning house to sweep away the bad luck of 2011 to make room for all the good luck that 2012 promises.  No I am not Chinese, but I love introducing other cultures and traditions to my kids when ever I can.

Chinese New Year is the most celebrated and anticipated of the traditional Chinese holidays and is also known as “Spring Festival.” This year is an extra special year for me because it’s the Year of the Dragon, my Chinese astrological sign.   I’ll be busy celebrating my “free spirit” all year-long!


To bring in the Chinese New Year on the right foot we decorated our table in red and gold, had a friend over to bring our number to lucky #8 and even did our best to make up red envelopes filled with chocolate gold coins. Our decorations weren’t quite traditional, but they were definitely fun!   I served dumplings, fish and our favorite VH Sauces to round out our feast and discovered a new favorite dish, Chili Glazed Salmon.

To make Chili Glazed Salmon

  • take 4 Salmon fillets (skinless)
  • 1/2 cup VH Sweet Thai Chili Sauce
  • 2 TBS soya sauce
  • 2 TBS orange juice (I didn’t have any so I left it out)

Mix the Sweet Thai Chili Sauce with the Soya sauce and brush generously over Salmon. Bake at 400F for 15 minutes or until it’s cooked through. What a delicious way to change-up our usual.


If you are looking for a way to add a little Asian flair to lunchtime at home or at work why not try VH Steamers – available in the freezer section of grocery stores.

Xin Nian Kuai Le!

Disclosure – I am participating in the VH Chinese New Year Celebration program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of VH.  I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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237 opinions on “Welcome the Dragon with VH Sauces”

  1. to introduce a bit of culture we find recipes from different countries that we have not tried before than work a theme around that. It has been fun!!


  2. WE like a variety of meals, we often have a mexican theme and we do a lot of stir fry, maily because we like Broccoli so much !!
    for us its not so much as a different culture, but a taste we desire

  3. Aside from the occasional stir-fry or taco dinner I don’t really introduce culture into our meals. I could use some inspiration although my family is not adventurous with food!

  4. We are not overly adventurous with foods.. but I do like to try different sauces every now and then

  5. In 2011, my resolution was new food. We are always now making a new dish a month to introduce and to liven up our meals. As simple as trying to recreate a dish from a restaurant at home. We have a lot of new dishes in our rotation because of this!

  6. We cook chinese food every now and then, other then that, we dont introduce much culture,,,would love to win though. karasceviour at hotmail dot com

  7. To introduce culture to our meals we have theme nights. So for St. Patrick’s day we cooked all Irish dishes, for Chinese New Year, we cook all Chinese dishes.

  8. We like to cook things from Mexico that my hubby ate while he lived there for 2 years. Our kids think it’s neat to try foods he ate then.

  9. I worked at a non profit immigrant assn and learned many different foods doing community kitchens. I’d then import them into my kids diet and today they enjoy foods from all over the world.


    nancyrobster at gmail dot com

  10. We eat many different dishes from different cultures, we love making greek, mexican, french and ordering chinese

  11. I try to introduce different cultures by trying different foods from other cuisines,such as italian,chinese,mexican,etc..
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  12. We try to introduce different cultures into our meals by first trying out new things at a restaurant. If it is a hit, we will try to recreate at home. We love VH Sauces!

    Julia, your post is excellent. I thought your first pics were from a magazine, until I read further. Happy New Year!

  13. We always have meals, and snacks from different cultures, so it’s just a normal thing. We try new recipes from every culture and if we like them we keep them in the rotation of things:)

  14. We have been fortunate to travel to different countries & I have made an effort to bring some of the cuisine flavours home with us. It has really broadened the range of meals we eat.

  15. I have two very picky eaters and last week I tried making Sesame Chicken. It was a hit! I finally found something they will both eat!!

  16. we have a meal of German food and then another time a meal of Swedish food or Mexican food and explain the history of the country.


  17. My favourite sauce is their Plum Sauce – I’ve tried others before but VH is the one I keep coming back to because it tastes better!

  18. We love trying new meals from other cultures, we try and get out to the ethnic festivals (best place to try new things because you know that that’s the way it should taste) Jan 24

  19. We celebrate and introduce cultures through various foods – chinese, mexican, spanish, french – we also talk a little about the country as we are eating foods from it. Love your post Julia – we are a huge fan of VH sauces!

  20. I introduce different cultures into mealtimes by cooking a lot of different ethnic meals. In the last week I’ve made homemade perogies, fried rice and lasagna!

  21. daily entry
    I have done theme colours for a country and serve one of their traditional dishes. Sometimes it’s a hit, and sometimes it’s not.

  22. FIrst off love the post! Oh and the dinning room table!

    We love international flavors, we introduce them weekly at the table. Talking about where in the world it’s eaten daily! Always telling the kids (4) that they need to TRY EVERYTHING ONCE!!

  23. I don’t introduce much culture into our meals, but would love some ideas. We do however, try different sauces and dips with different foods!

    breej23 at hotmail dot com

  24. I also love the VH plum sauce,especially on eggrolls..yum!
    daily entry jan 27
    ksceviour at hotmail dotcom

  25. Well,
    I’m just a country girl with county cooking. Most of the the time we have pinto beans, cornbread, porkchops, fried potatoes chowchow ( a pickle relish) for your beans.
    some nights we have just like a hamburger, hot dog, fries just regular stuff.
    when we don’t have any thing sweet to eat in the house i usually keep stuff to make choc.no-bake cookies. easy and usually all gone by morning.
    joyce meyers
    tazewell, tn

  26. We try to introduce new cultural flavors by trying to add new food s to the menu every now and then.
    janicebudgellpollard at hotmail dot com

  27. I have a set of spices from around the world that I am exploring each week, unfortunately no chinese inspired ones.

  28. Since my little one is part Chinese-Caribbean-Filipina-Spanish-Scottish-English-Irish, I just cook what we normally eat (which is a variety of foods from different countries). At 3 y/o, she is no stranger to tofu, seaweed, sushi, or anything different. She eats what we give her and she loves it 🙂

    cg_lee121875 at hotmail dot com

  29. I grew up in a very “bland” family lol, so I was determined to introduce my kids to different ethnic foods and cultures! So I guess, my bland family was an inspiration!


    nancyrobster at gmail dot com

  30. I cook dinner with my brother who has actually traveled a lot. We also love watching the cooking channel to get inspired.

  31. we introduce a LOT of italian culture around dinner time lol, but we try new things and recently made some thai dishes

  32. daily entry:
    We are going to have a party…Mexican theme. Tacos, spice foods, pinatas, and sombreros. Maybe I better learn a little spanish.

  33. i like to introduce culture into our family meals particularly around the holidays, with special traditional sides to our main holiday meal, or by making special traditional holiday treats, baking, and other desserts! we also like to try using different spices and flavours!

  34. I’m vegetarian – so I have explored various cultures’ cuisines in a quest to find exciting veggie dishes. Indian and Asian cuisines have been a gold mine because those cultures seem to have a large vegetarian population (either by choice or necessity).

  35. Cherry VH sauce is my favorite! Love it on chicken balls,nuggets,eggrolls,etc..
    daily entry feb 2
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  36. one way that we have introduced culture is by getting some cookbooks from the library and trying some new recipes.

  37. I would watch different cooking shows with my kids and then have them cook dishes we saw on the show together!

    nancyrobster at gmail dot com

  38. love the VH pineapple sauce as well on chicken balls.. daily entry feb 4
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  39. We try meals from different restaurants that caters international foods. I also make it a point to use different spices on our meals at home.

  40. i like the idea of introducing culture to our family meals by having a theme night! we can all cook a special dish together, with some traditional sides and a dessert, while taking some time to learn about the culture and flavours while we cook! listen to cultural music too! 🙂

  41. daily entry
    My SIL loves the Plum sauce on his french fries. I tried it, and actually it’s pretty good.

  42. we would take the kids to various cultural festivals that took place during the year…I remember my kids loved the Hungarian and Japanese kiosks the best

    nancyrobster at gmail dot com

  43. I love experimenting with Indian & Mexican cuisine… one of my friends has learned traditional Mexican cooking via her in-laws so I always go to her for advice & receipes!

  44. Daily Entry: I would like to try the Orange-Ginger Stir-Fry Sauce. It would add great flavour to a beef stir-fry.

  45. We from time to time would go to pot lucks which had many cultural contributes!

    nancyrobster at gmail dot com

  46. our family favourites are definitely the sweet and sour, plum, and soya sauces, but we would love to try other kinds too!

  47. daily entry-Feb 9
    I have to say my ultimate favourite is the medium dry garlic sauce. I use it on chicken, pork, even meatballs.

  48. We introduced different cultural foods often to our kids. We knew people from all over the world and we would cook food with them. Lots of fun and the kids learned to eat so many different foods.

    nancyrobster at gmail dot com

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