Chinese New Year Recipes

From one New Year to the next…Chinese New Year!

With one of the largest Chinese communities outside of China, the island of Penang is already awash in flashy red, one week before the new moon that marks the beginning of the 15-day Spring Festival.  Red lanterns strung above the streets; red shirts and dresses displayed in shop windows; red couplets and red paper-cuts adorning homes.

Not just the color of the New Year, but the sounds.  The drums and cymbals accompanying lion dance troupes as they perform in businesses and homes, bringing luck and wealth for the New Year.  The blaring and thumping of Chinese New Year songs as shoppers fill their carts with boxes of mandarin oranges and cases of Jolly Shandy and Tiger Beer.  The crackling and booming at night of illegal firecrackers and fireworks.

This year is special.  This is the Year of the Dragon.

To celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Dragon – an auspicious year of success and happiness - we will be introducing a series of Chinese dishes over the next month for you to try.  Some are traditional, some fusion, but each with flavors and elements of Chinese culture.

Let’s get started!  Try one of these excellent recipes:
chinese style roast chicken with chinese five spice
wok fried salt & pepper chicken
fried lotus root with pork recipe recipe
Fried Lotus Root with Pork - Just One Cookbook
recipe for green beans and chicken with black bean garlic sauce
Green Beans Chicken with Black Bean Sauce - Wok with Ray
chinese new year pineapple tarts recipe
Pineapple Tarts - Life is Great
chinese roast duck noodle soup recipe
Chinese Roast Duck Noodle Soup - Food Affair Vietnam
har lok tiger prawns recipe for chinese new year
Har Lok Tiger Prawns - Life is Great
how to make red bean ice cream
Red Bean Ice Cream - Just One Cookbook