Eight food ideas for Chinese New Year

Celebrate the year of the rat in style this Chinese New Year. Whether you’re looking for a speedy stir-fry, quick snack or full-on feast, we have eight delicious ideas for you to try at home.

  1. Pork and chive dumplings

    Traditionally made for good luck, dumplings are an essential part of Chinese New Year. They are surprisingly easy to make: try our simple pork and chive dumpling step-by-step. 

  2. Salmon egg-fried rice

    Succulent soy-glazed salmon adds plenty of flavour to a classic egg-fried rice recipe, enhanced by fragrant spring onion, garlic and chilli.

  3. Speedy prawn noodles

    Chinese New Year falls on a Monday, but don’t miss out on making something delicious. Try our speedy prawn noodles with pak choi and spicy Sriracha chilli sauce, ready in just 15 minutes.

  4. Gong bao chicken

    A fiery Sichuan dish with smoky dry red chillies and a rich dark soy sauce, this classic stir-fry is perfect for a quick midweek meal.

  5. Sweet and sour ribs

    The ultimate finger food, these sticky ribs are braised with ginger, garlic and chilli, then roasted in a sweet hoisin marinade for maximum flavour. 

  6. Black bean tofu

    For a light vegetarian feast, tuck into these tofu lettuce cups. The tofu is roasted in a rich black bean marinade, giving it a wonderful, crispy texture.

  7. Sticky plum pork with stir-fried veg and rice

    For a lighter take on sweet and sour pork, try this fragrant sticky plum pork recipe. It’s cooked en papillote (steamed in paper), which keeps the meat succulent and tender and locks in loads of flavour. Serve with stir-fried pak choi for a simple supper.

  8. Prawn toast

    Nothing beats homemade prawn toast: crispy, nutty and full of flavour. This recipe from Ken Hom is a real crowd-pleaser – ideal to kick off a Chinese New Year feast.