This year, Chinese New Year is celebrated on February 1. The year of the tiger is officially ushered in. On January 31, families gather en masse to celebrate the eve of that holiday. And with a party comes good food. That’s why we bundle the best recipes for Chinese New Year, which you can make at home.
The iconic Chinese holiday is traditionally celebrated with festive decorations. Think: red lanterns, red envelopes, fireworks, parades and above all: rich buffets with good food. With the recipes below you can also put such a buffet on the table yourself.
If there is one thing that cannot be missed during Chinese New Year, it is dumplings. As far as we are concerned, these steamed dough packets are indisputable comfort food pur sang.
You could buy dumplings ready-made (check recipes with ready-made dumplings here) , but you can also make them yourself with this handy basic recipe . And do you want to challenge yourself? Then make xiao long bao : dumplings with soup in it.
Wonton soup is also indispensable for Chinese New Year. Recently, Culy’s Nancy came up with a brilliant recipe for spicy wonton soup, proving that making such a soup – including homemade wontons – doesn’t even have to be that labour-intensive.
> Recipe: spicy wonton soup with homemade wontons
Nian Gao (Chinese rice cakes)
Nian Gao are Chinese rice cakes. The cakes made of glutinous rice symbolize the rise of the ranks, each year a little more. That can be a promotion, but also a raise. Or just a really good year.
For smaller children, it often symbolizes the number of centimeters they grow each year. The main ingredients are sticky rice, sugar, chestnuts, Chinese dates and lotus leaves. Sounds complicated, doesn’t it. We think Chinese New Year is a good excuse to make this lesser-known dish yourself.
> Recipe: Nian Gao (Chinese rice cakes)
Tangyuan (rice balls)
Tangyan are rice balls that are often served on the table during Chinese New Year, especially in southern China. The pronunciation and round shape of the delicacy are associated with harmony and association.
The rice balls can be both sweet and savory, a bit like mochi really. A sweet recipe with black sesame paste can be found here , a savory recipe with shiitake and minced pork here . The savory rice balls are also often served in stock.
Yusheng (Chinese prosperity salad)
The legend of this salad says that the more you mix the salad with your chopsticks, the luckier the New Year will bring you. The Cantonese salad is made with various raw vegetables, toppings, sweet plum sauce and raw fish. We think this version with daikon and salmon from Bon Appétit is great.
Pork belly in beer the Chinese way
This Chinese-style pork belly recipe is especially for all pork belly lovers (who doesn’t?). A real gods meal, which fits perfectly with the other delicacies on Chinese New Year.
> To the recipe: Chinese style pork belly in beer
Fish Finally, fish cannot be missed. During Chinese New Year, it traditionally serves as a symbol of prosperity. The fish is usually steamed for this purpose and presented in its entirety with typical seasonings such as ginger, sesame oil and spring onions. A good recipe for Chinese steamed fish can be found here .
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