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This year, the Year of the Snake, does not neccessarily have to taste like snake. Start off the year with a feast of Long Life noodles and whole steamed fish, which are supposed to guarantee you with a long, prosperous life but are probably both just better at tasting delicious. Whip out the wok, break out the duck sauce and buy yourself a bottle of Ban Jiu (if you dare) because it’s time to celebrate. This is the time to forget about the carton box, and opt for authentic — meaning “homemade.” Scroll through the gallery below for our 12 favorite Chinese recipes.