Food and recipes to celebrate the Chinese New Year!
17th January 2017
Chinese New Year, also known in modern Chinese as the “Spring Festival” is a special event celebrating the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. In 2017, the first day of the Chinese New Year is on Saturday 28th January, bringing yet another “year of the rooster”.
Why rooster? You may ask, well its simple. The Chinese calendar uses a revolving sequence of 12 animals to represent each year, 2017 being that of the rooster which represents Honesty, energy, intelligence and confidence, among other things.
Why is this important? I mean were British after all right? Well because of the food of course! One of the best things about celebrating another culture’s festivals is partaking in the native cuisine.
Anyway, enough with the exposition. Let’s dive right into the point then shall we? Here’s some fantastic Chinese food and recipes to celebrate the Chinese New Year festival!
Beef Stir Fry
Oh, you think this meal is average? ordered your fair few from takeaways have you? Well you couldn’t be more delusional!
A proper homemade stir fry can be incredibly delicious and nutritional for you. Sure, it’s more effort that picking up the phone but this traditional Chinese dish is well worth the effort.
Stir-fried beef with rich black bean sauce and noodles, what’s not to love?
Pork and Prawn Dumplings
A traditional dim sum dish, these snacks are easy to make and delicious to boot. Heck you may want to keep making them even after the celebrations!
This could be a decorative snack when guests are over or even a lovely little indulgence for yourself one evening, either way they are full of flavour that leaves you wanting more.
Chicken and Vegetable Spring Rolls
The hard, crunchy and generally underwhelming spring rolls you get from a takeaway are nothing compared to the incredible ones that you can create yourself, in less than 40 minutes!
Stuff these little packets of goodness with fine meat and veg to create some small morsels of deliciousness! Yet again- a perfect snack food for when people are over.
Remember the sweet and spicy sauce!
Need something a bit more filling? Try this on for size!
Sure, it might require more effort that the other recipes on this list but this one is sure to satisfy.
Duck isn’t a common meal here, although this recipe served alongside Chinese pancakes, spring onion and hoisin sauce makes for a mouth-watering main course.
Lion’s Head Pork Meatballs
These tender, moist and light balls of goodness can become a staple food in your house due to how easy they are to make, in big batches too!
These savoury meatballs along with rice are the best combination, and good for your health!
This recipe is bound to satisfy you. It’s easy to make, tasty and can be frozen for future consumption. Why not give it a go?