Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, is celebrated every year between January 21st and February 20th and is one of the most popular festivities in China. It’s a 15-day festival which involves parades, dragon dances, pyrotechnic displays, decorations, rituals and naturally, a lot of tasty food.
Last week we headed into the kitchen with our Executive Chef, Andy Chu, and cooked up some amazing dishes to share with all of you. If you are celebrating Chinese New Year this 2022, here are three simple recipes that are perfect for preparing a fabulous meal for two.
Capital Chicken Lettuce Boats
Our Capital Chicken Lettuce Boats are perfect to serve as a starter to your Chinese New Year meal. These incredible tasty chicken pieces can be served onto lettuce leaves or on their own.
- 250-300g of chicken thighs or breasts
- 5 lettuce leaves
- Fresh red chili
- 1 tbsp OK sauce
- 1 tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp sugar
- Pinch of salt
- Cut up the chicken thighs or breasts into cubes and place in a bowl,
- In another bowl, mix all the ingredients for the sauce and then place in a saucepan and bring to boil.
- At the same time, fry the chicken pieces until browned.
- Once the sauce is boiling, pour it into the frying pan over the chicken, and mix until all coated.
- Place 5 lettuce leaves on a plate.
- Chop some fresh red chilli.
- Serve chicken onto the lettuce leaves and top with the chopped chilli.
Chinese Mushroom Stir-Fry
This vegan Chinese dish features dry Chinese mushrooms, red and orange bell pepper, crisp asparagus, and celery all mixed in a savoury sauce. It’s super quick to whip up and is perfect as a side dish.
- 7-8 Chinese dry mushrooms
- 80g asparagus
- 80g of orange bell pepper
- 80g of red bell pepper
- 80g celery
- Drizzle of olive oil
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of black pepper
- 1/2 tbsp of light soy sauce
- 1 tbsp of mirin
- A few drops of sesame oil
- Soak your dry Chinese mushrooms in warm water until softened.
- Chop all your veggies up and place on a plate ready to stir-fry.
- Once the Chinese mushrooms are rehydrated and soft, cut these with scissors creating short strips.
- Heat a pan with a drizzle of olive oil over high heat and season it with a pinch of salt and black pepper
- Add the mushroom pieces and fry them for around 1 minute. Add the celery followed by the asparagus and leave for another minute. Next, put in the red pepper and soy sauce and mix well.
- Once the veggies have been frying for a couple of minutes, add the orange pepper and mirin and fry for another 2 minutes.
- Turn the heat off and pour a few drops of sesame oil on top.
- Finally, serve on a side dish and tuck in!
Steamed Salmon with Tomato and Ginger
The easiest and juiciest way of cooking salmon! Use some parchment paper, some tomato and ginger, a salmon fillet and some sauce and you have a beautiful main dish.
- 1 salmon side cut into 2 fillets (or you can buy 2 salmon fillets)
- Half a tomato
- 80g ginger
- 2 spring onions
- 1 tbsp chilli oil
- Pinch of salt
- Drizzle of sesame oil
- Preheat oven to 200°C fan or 220°C
- Cut salmon side into two small fillets and de-skin them
- Chop spring onion, ginger and tomato
- Place parchment paper on an oven tray and create a bed of tomato, ginger and spring onion. Place the salmon fillets on top and cover with the remaining tomato, ginger and spring onion and drizzle with a little sesame oil.
- Gather the sides of parchment, keeping the ingredients toward the middle of the sheet and create a parcel around the salmon fillets.
- Place it in the oven for 25-30 minutes (depending on size of the fillets).
- Whilst the salmon is in the oven, mix the remaining spring onion with chilli oil and soy sauce in a bowl.
- Once the salmon is ready, take out of the oven, place on a plate and top with the soy sauce mixture.
If you cook any of these dishes, send us an email at [email protected] we would love to see your creations! In The Noodle Cookbook you can find many more Chinese recipes like these. It's available on our website or with your preferred bookstores; Waterstones, Amazon and WHSmith.