Easy Chinese New Year Dishes

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Cooking up a storm for the family this Chinese New Year? If unplanned well, it can be a stressful affair especially if cooking for a large group. We gather up a list of simple yet meaningful Chinese New Year favourite dishes that will have your family and relatives nodding with approval. Click on the links for recipes:

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Steamed Dumplings – Easy, quick and healthy, this is a traditional dish usually served during Chinese New Year’s Eve. Legend has it that the more dumplings you eat during the New Year celebrations, the more money you can make in the New Year.

Teochew Steamed Fish – In Chinese, “fish” sounds like ‘surplus’. Chinese people always like to have a surplus at the end of the year, because they think if they have managed to save something at the end of the year, then they can make more in the next year.

Roast Chicken – When served whole, chicken signifies family reunion.

Tomato Chilli Prawn – The word ‘prawn’ in Chinese also sounds like ‘laughter’, meaning abundant happiness. This is an appetising dish you can easily stir up.

Chinese Spring Roll – The lucky saying of spring roll signifies ‘a ton of gold’ (because fried spring rolls look like gold bars) — a wish for prosperity.

Stir-Fried Longevity Noodles – Longevity noodles unsurprisingly symbolize a wish for longevity. Instead of cooking a broth noodles, stir-frying makes it easy for everyone to sample the dish.

Top up your creations with ‘good fortune’ desserts such as Mandarin oranges and pomelo or glutinous rice balls and voila, you’re ready to impress!

Happy planning!

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