Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival lasts for 15 days. During this period, friends and family will gather together to celebrate. Food plays an important role throughout this celebration. It starts mainly for reunion dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve where a wide variety of dishes will be prepared and all family members are to eat together. Then, come the cookies, crackers and other snacks.
A traditional dish, Yee Sang is a dish not to be missed. It is usually the “appetizer” of a Chinese New Year course meal, made up of various fresh ingredients.
Recipe: Yee Sang
After the refreshing appetizer, how about biting into some crispy “wonton” money bag with a flavor twist of bacon and cheese?
Recipe: Cheese Golden ‘Wonton’ Money Bag
Ever had people wishing you “Nian Nian You Yu”? “Yu” means fish in Mandarin that also carries the meaning of surplus. Chinese hope that they will always have abundance year by year. A whole fish is to be presented with its head and tail when served.
Recipe: Steamed Sea Bass
Chinese believes that eating prawns (“Ha”) during Chinese New Year will ensure laughter is brought upon the eater for the whole year. Fried or steamed, we’ve got you covered!
Recipe: Butter Prawns with Egg Floss
The best and simple way to showcase the goodness and “sweetness” of fresh seafood – Steam it with less seasoning. My personal favourite in this recipe is the egg. It is nicely incorporated with the liquid from the steamed prawns and the aroma of Shaoxing wine. Really, it is da bomb!
If you’re feeling adventurous, you should definitely try this Stuffed Crab! Unlike your usual crab with sauce, this dish promises a crispy outer crust with scrumptious crab filling.
Recipe: Stuffed Crab
There you have it, our Chinese New Year recipe series. Now, go get the ingredients ready to cook a feast for Chinese New Year!