Chinese New Year is a time for celebration and family gatherings. But many of us are stuck at home this year due to the pandemic. Fortunately, it’s still possible to celebrate the holiday in the comfort of our own homes with some easy, festive dishes.
The key to a successful Chinese New Year feast is to pick dishes that are full of flavor and color. Traditional Chinese dishes are often packed with spices, herbs, and vegetables to enhance the flavor and presentation. Keep an eye out for ingredients like ginger, garlic, scallions, chilies, and mushrooms.
Of course, no Chinese feast is complete without a selection of seafood, poultry, and pork dishes. For an easy, yet delicious starter, try a simple egg drop soup. This flavorful soup is made with eggs, scallions, ginger, and stock. For a main course, consider a classic stir-fry dish. Start with a selection of your favorite vegetables, such as broccoli, snow peas, and bell peppers. Add in a protein like chicken or pork and season the dish with soy sauce, garlic, and ginger.
No Chinese feast is complete without a selection of dumplings. These little bites of heaven can easily be prepared at home. Make a simple dough using flour, water, and salt, then fill the dumplings with your choice of vegetables and/or meat. Boil, fry, or steam the dumplings for a delicious and satisfying finish to your meal. For dessert, whip up a simple egg custard tart.
This classic Chinese dessert is made with a sweet pastry crust and creamy custard filling. Top it off with a sprinkle of sesame seeds for a little extra flavor. With these easy, festive dishes, you can celebrate Chinese New Year at home and enjoy a delicious feast with your loved ones.