18 of our best recipes to celebrate Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Saturday 25th January, marking the start of the year of the rat.
Here are some of our favourite Chinese recipes to help you celebrate, and we also have a special traditional Chinese menu to share, put together by Ching-He Huang.
Chinese New Year is a festival celebrated by many types of Asian cultures including the Taiwanese, Koreans, Japanese and Vietnamese. It marks the beginning of the Lunar Year and is a time to honour household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors.
As with most traditional celebrations, there is feasting involved and when there’s feasting, we get very excited. To help you celebrate here are 18 Asian-inspired recipes for you to cook at home.
A rich, deeply-flavoured Asian-style broth is a seriously good dish to add to your repertoire. In this recipe, garnish with spring onions, coriander and serve with lime wedges and you’ll have a warming, satisfying supper on your hands.
If you catch yourself reaching for the tattered Chinese takeaway menu, consider making our sticky Chinese pork instead; it matches the same vibrant flavours without breaking the bank!
3. Chinese crispy duck
You won’t believe how easy this crispy duck is to make at home, but perhaps you won’t be surprised by how delicious the results are…
4. Stir-fried Chinese greens
These easy-to-make stir-fried greens make the perfect side dish for a Chinese-inspired feast, and a delicious way to up your veg intake.
5. Chinese noodles with mushrooms
These super-fresh Chinese noodles are made with garlic, chilli, ginger and mixed mushrooms, making a fully-flavoured dish for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
6. Pork and prawn wonton soup
If you fancy getting a bit adventurous, take a good look at our aromatic pork and prawn wonton soup. It’s ready in under 30 minutes, so it’s perfect for when time isn’t on your side.
7. Tamarind duck on mini poppadums
Looking for a classy canapé to keep dinner party guests entertained? Look no further than these tamarind duck on poppadums (but be warned, they’ll vanish in seconds).
8. Beef and bok choi noodles
A speedy but solid classic teeming with fresh Chinese ingredients — we promise this is a recipe you’ll be returning to for years to come.
9. Bao buns with braised shortrib and pickled daikon
A delicious meaty morsel where soft, tender and rich beef shortrib is balanced by sharp pickles; these charming bao buns make a crowd-pleasing party nibble and take celebrations to the next level.
10. Duck pancakes with pickled carrot salad
This recipe for duck pancakes only uses a handful of ingredients but trust us, the results are pretty game-changing.
11. Black bean pork noodles with coriander and peanuts
A classic Chinese dish with a difference, this beef stir-fry uses orange juice for extra zesty freshness.
13. Five-spice chicken skewers with speedy chow mein
If you like the sound of a speedy dish which packs in lots of flavour, try your hand at these making our five-spice chicken skewers; the recipe combines hoisin sauce with five-spice powder and ketchup to make a marinade which is nothing short of mouth-watering.
14. Asian-spiced brisket with chilli, lime, peanut and coriander
Go the extra mile with our oh-so-tender brisket, marinated in a fresh ginger, chilli and Chinese five-spice sauce. It’s the perfect centrepiece for a dinner party or gathering and will leave guests seriously impressed.
15. Plum duck noodles with pak choi
One of the speediest recipes going, these plum duck noodles with pak choi dish be ready on the table in just 15 minutes. Who could say no to that?
We’re all for this authentic Chinese noodle soup recipe, packed with healthy vegetables and moreish spicy flavours. You can thank us later!
17. Honeyed duck and vegetable stir-fry
Sticky, sweet and succulent, it’s all you’d hope for in any chinese style duck recipe.
18. Szechuan beef with vegetables
Celebrate Chinese New Year with one of the speediest recipes going — it uses only 5 ingredients and is ready in just 10 minutes!