Chinese New Year Family Meal Ideas
In celebration of Chinese New Year have a family feast! Not sure what to cook? That’s okay. There are plenty of options. If you want to go the homemade route (versus ordering from a restaurant), you can cook a holiday meal based on some of the traditional favorites. These are easy enough for even your kids to help you with!
It’s thought that a New Year’s fish dish will bring prosperity in the next year. And, who doesn’t want that? Start with a whole fish (the whole fish symbolizes unity), and prepare it by steaming it with ginger and soy sauce. You can make the dish even more fragrant by adding scallions and/or cilantro to it.
This is one of the staple foods of the Chinese New Year. Dumplings symbolize wealth (they’re shaped like ingots – and early type of currency used China). Ingots are boat-shaped, hence the shape of the dumplings. If you’re a kitchen whiz you can make them from scratch. If not, you can buy ready-made dumpling wrappers. Either way, your need to stuff, shape and cook them. Fill them with anything you want (typically, this would be minced pork, beef, iced shrimp or sliced veggies). Use already-cooked meat in the dumplings. Pinch them together like little half-moons, making lots of pleats (it’s thought that less pleats equals less money). After pinching and pleating, boil the dumplings until they’re completely cooked (they will float). If you have a fryer, you can also deep fry these little gems.
Not just any noodles will do here. It’s said that long noodles symbolize longevity. Boil the noodles and strain them or cook them into a soup (try a miso base). Top the noodles with soy sauce and add vegetables.