Unlike our New Year celebrations, Chinese New Year is never on a fixed date and for 2018 it begins this Friday 16th February with the celebrations lasting for 15 days. The timing is dictated by the lunar calendar and the celebration is older than even the Great Wall itself!
The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12 year cycle and 2018 will be the Year of the Dog. A sixth of the wolds population travel home to be with their families for Chinese New Year so it really is the world’s biggest party. Of course any good party requires food so this month I asked my food blogging buddies to share their Chinese inspired recipes. (Don’t worry there’s no dog!!!)
One of my absolute favourite Chinese dishes is Crispy Duck. Fab Food 4 All shares her Poor Man’s Crispy Duck which are pulled Hoisin Pork Tortillas. Tasty and succulent due to being cooked in the slow cooker. Katherine at Veggie Desserts has created a vegan version of crispy duck with with five-spice seasoned, shredded roasted cauliflower instead of meat. Wonderful alongside easy homemade pancakes and a quick plum sauce. Bintu shares a divine sounding recipe for a Chinese red-cooked pork brioche sandwich. Its simple aromatics pack a big taste punch and she suggestis serving it with some slaw and lots and lots of jasmine tea.
Soup and Dim Sum next. My own recipe for Kale, Noodle and Coconut Broth is super quick and easy to make with no complicated ingreedients. Janies Spicy Cabbage Wontons are delectable, and are great fun to make. Pop the pan of spicy cabbage on the table, hand out the wrappers and get the whole family wrapping. Always a favourite at dim sum restaurants Family Friends Food’s spring onion pancakes are totally addictive.
There are so many options when it comes to Fried Rice. Easy Peasy Foodie has a easy, quick and family friendly version. Her Leftover Chicken and Egg Fried Rice is perfect for a busy weeknight and a great way to use up your roast chicken leftovers. Meantime Basement Bakehouse shares a healthy, delicious vegetarian dish of Sweet Potato Fried Rice. Who needs a takeaway when you can make this? A couple more chicken versions with Lemon Chicken with Egg Fried Rice by Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy and Chicken Fried Rice from Chez Maximka.
Next up are noodles. Curlys Cooking says that her Chicken Chow Mein tastes just as delicious as your favourite Chinese takeaway. Or go vegetarian with Sesame Noodles, a delicious and healthy Chinese recipe that is ready in about 15 minutes from My Gorgeous Recipes. Stir Fry is another claassic and Lost in Food shares Catherine’s best ever dinner of stir-fried chicken & cashew nuts. A family favourite mid week dinner, quick to cook and full of flavour. The Petite Cook goes sweet and sour with crispy chunks of deep-fried battered chicken with a deep citrusy aroma, served with fragrant rice. A succulent dish of Orange Chicken with Forbidden Rice that’s the perfect excuse for gathering together family and friends, and celebrate Chinese New Year.
Finaly we turn to fish with a super quick, healthy and flavourful sesame crusted salmon teriyaki. Joshi Cooks tells us that it’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal. Last but definately not least comes from May at Eat Cook Explore with Steamed Sea Bass Chinese Style A whole fish is essential for New Year. Head and tails intact means there’s a beginning and an end. It’s all auspicious.