Celebrate Chinese New Year With These Dishes

Start your Lunar New Year right with good food.

Are you celebrating Chinese New Year? It’s absolutely essential to start the year on a good note, and good food guarantees that. Unsure what to serve? Add these Chinese classics to mark the occasion:

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1 Crispy Ham and Cheese Dumplings Recipe

Don’t forget the most important dish of all: dumplings! Eating dumplings for Chinese New Year’s midnight is said to bring wealth for the year. More important than that though, is that they’re just extremely delicious!

These crispy ham and cheese fried dumplings are pouches full of flavor.

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2 Chinese Birthday Noodles Recipe

Make sure to have birthday noodles, also known as “Longevity Noodles.” They pair well with other dishes so it's a good staple dish on the table. Aside from that, it's said to bless you with a long and happy life.

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This is a really festive noodle dish!

3 Chinese Fresh Lumpia Recipe

If you’re prepping a feast, it’s always a good idea to have a veggie dish. The freshness of this dish cuts through the richness of all the other saucy dishes. The even better news is that it's lucky to eat spring rolls during the Chinese New Year celebration.

Fresh lumpia is packed with vegetables and embellished with crushed peanuts, seaweed, and a sweet soy-based sauce.

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4 Chinese-Style Fried Chicken

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There’s always room for fried chicken on any buffet table. Different from your normal fried chicken, it’s time for you to make it in the classic Chinese way.

Steaming the chicken before frying is essential! This ensures that the chicken is cooked through but still moist and juicy.

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5 Mapo Tofu Recipe

You must absolutely have this delicious, silky, spicy tofu dish with a cup of steaming, hot rice. We hope you’re able to muster enough self-control to stop at just one cup!

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This silky tofu and chunky pork dish is a delicious Chinese dish you can easily recreate at home.

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6 Lechon Macau Recipe

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What better way to welcome the Year of the Pig than with homemade lechon? Plus, it won’t cost you a fortune. 

Crispy pork belly is made tastier, juicier in this Chinese-style version of our lechon kawali.

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We love lechon kawali. Now learn how to level up your game to make the roasted version called the Lechon Macau.

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7 Yang Chow Fried Rice Recipe

With all the delicious dishes on your spread, make sure you have the perfect partner. Make sure you cook enough of this fried rice recipe!

You can also add fresh shrimp or picked crabmeat to this classic Chinese-restaurant dish.

Hot and sour soup is a popular Chinese restaurant soup you can easily make at home.
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8 Hot And Sour Soup Recipe

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As we anticipate the cold Chinese New Year, a bowl of hot and sour soup is the perfect dish to serve. Its strong flavors and bright acidity deliciously contrasts against most of the dishes.

This Chinese restaurant soup is easy to create at home!

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