As I understand it, in the south part of the United States, they have a tradition of eating cabbage on New Year's Day which means wealth in the new year. In these economic times, we all need all the help we can get. I actually believe most people fix Corned Beef and Cabbage for New Year's Day, but any cabbage dish should do the trick.
Before I changed jobs over a year ago, I used to eat lunch everyday with a group of friends. One day when we had a pitch-in lunch, one of the ladies brought Chinese Cabbage Salad and I thought it was great. The recipe below is not hers, but it's close.
Happy New Year and I wish you much wealth in 2009.
Chinese Cabbage Salad
1 (3 ounce) package Ramon noodles, crushed
2 T. sesame seeds
1 (16 ounce) bag of cabbage coleslaw
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
In a large bowl, combine the coleslaw, green onions, Ramon noodles and sesame seeds.
To prepare the dressing, whisk together the sugar, oil, vinegar and soy sauce. Pour the dressing over the salad, toss and serve.