The Chinese Lunar New Year is a time for optimism. Certain foods a traditionally served to to bring good luck in the future. As an example, long noodles represent a long life. Candied walnuts are part of this tradition as symbols of wealth and abundance. Like most other Chinese dishes, they’re really good too!
Cantonese Candied Walnuts
- Rimmed baking sheet
- Wok or large pan
- Parchment paper
- 1 lb Walnut halves
- 1 cup Sugar
- ¼ tsp Salt
- ¼ cup Water
- 1½ tbsp Golden syrup or corn syrup
- Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Spread nuts in a single layer over a baking pan and roast until they begin to brown and smell, about 8-10 minutes.
- While the walnuts are roasting, mix together sugar, salt, golden syrup in a wok or large pan over medium-high heat. The mixture should reach the "softball stage" (250°F/121°C). Immediately add walnuts and stir to coat thoroughly.
- Spoon walnuts back onto the baking pan covered with parchment or wax paper. Separate nuts with a fork as they cool. Store in a plastic container.