Tag: Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year menu

Whether you want to celebrate Chinese New Year or are just looking for new Oriental recipes, we can help. Make our Chinese New Year menu, or use our recipe finder for ideas.

What is Chinese New Year?
It’s the most awaited and important celebration for Chinese families across the world, who will welcome the start of the new Lunar Year by setting off fireworks, respecting family ancestors, giving thanks and wishing good health and fortune to all.

This year (2013), Chinese New Year falls on the 10th February and it’s the Year of the Snake!

“Kung hei fat choy” means “wishing you prosperity and wealth”

How is it celebrated?
The colourful celebrations last for two weeks where people dress in lucky red clothes, give gifts and clean and decorate their homes to ward off bad luck. It’s also a time for feasting with friends and family on traditional good luck foods that bring happiness and good fortune.

Jai is a set of traditional good luck foods eaten during New Year, these are: Lotus seed, ginkgo nut, black moss, bamboo shoots, vermicelli and spring onions, but some are hard to find in supermarkets so we’ve got together a quick and easy Chinese New Year menu, packed full of equally lucky foods and recipes for you to try!

Note to vegetarians:
Tofu or dried bean curd is not served during the Chinese New Year as white foods like these are considered very unlucky. See our Chinese New Year menu

Or… go straight to our Chinese recipes

The recipe pictured is Hoisin grilled steak

Top recipes for February 2013

Every month we round up the most popular recipes on goodtoknow – as chosen by you. This month’s collection is packed with goodies, so if you’re struggling for ideas or looking for some sweet and savoury inspiration in the kitchen, then take a look. From pancakes to veggie pies, we’ve got so much to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

This month is guaranteed to be a big’un in the baking and cooking world. February sees three of our favourite holidays which include: Chinese New Year, Pancake Day and, of course, Valentine’s Day. So don’t worry if you haven’t even thought about what to make your hubby on Valentine’s Day or what pancakes the kids want to make this year, we’ve got it covered.

Learn how to make a pancake with our easy step-by-step video, get creative with some of our brand new recipes, including a mouth-watering fillet steak with Stilton, perfect for Valentine’s Day, or a simple and delicious stir-fry to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Don’t forget, if you see a recipe that you really like, save it with your very own online recipe book. All you need is a Facebook account and you’re ready to get saving – so you can have all of your favourite recipes in one place. Happy cooking!

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