Different bowls of chinese food

5 food and drink pairings you have to try this Chinese New Year

Get your celebrations started with a bang!

By Rebecca Shepherd, 23 January 2017
5 food and drink pairings you have to try this Chinese New Year

Steak and red wine, curry and beer, fresh salad with a crisp white wine - these are classic combinations that we've been devouring for years, but when it comes to Chinese food most people don't know what drinks are best to pair with different dishes.

What Chinese feast would be complete without a hearty portion of pancakes, cucumber and crispy duck?

28th January marks the start of the Chinese New Year; the perfect excuse to knock up some delicious Chinese food, get your friends round and celebrate.

And imagine if you had created a menu with drinks pairings too? That would really be impressive.  

To help get you into the spirit of China's most important traditional festival, we’ve put together some great pairings...


Chicken Chow Mein

Pair with: Tukituki Sauvignon Blanc

Who doesn’t love a tasty, authentic chicken chow mein when you're ordering or making a Chinese? Our sizzling chicken dish with peppers, noodles, beansprouts and spring onions makes for the perfect Chinese feast.

Or for those who would rather leave the cooking to the professionals, you could try our ready-made chow mein. Pair it with Classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, which works well with all Asian flavours.

Beef in black bean sauce

Pair with: Villa Vincini Sangiovese Rubicone

When it comes to Chinese dishes, beef in black bean sauce has to be up there with the best. And with our recipe, which includes pre-prepared veg, you can whip up a tasty dish in no time.

Don’t forget, a strongly flavoured beef dish always needs a robust red to go with it. So try this red with its flavours of crushed raspberry, black cherry and plum compote. 

Crispy Duck

Pair with: Extra Special Pinot Noir 

A Chinese feast would not be complete without a hearty portion of pancakes, cucumber and crispy duck?

Try making your own crispy duck and homemade plum sauce with our easy recipe. Or taste our ready made aromatic half duck which will help to feed the family this Chinese New Year. To wash down the pancakes, try our New Zealand Extra Special Pinot Noir which is full of raspberry and fruity flavours - perfect with duck. 

Chinese chicken curry 

Pair with: Vicelo Garganega Pinot Grigio 

If you're a fan of chicken dishes for a takeaway try our beautifully spiced chicken curry which comes in a creamy coconut sauce. Serve with some egg fried rice and you're good to go!

And of course, what better to wash the aromatic curry down with than a Pinot Grigio which also displays lovely aromatic flavours - perfect to complement one another. 

Spring rolls

Pair with: Shield Prosecco

Crispy on the outside and filled with yummy veg on the inside, there's nothing better to serve your Chinese feast up with than some crispy spring rolls.

Try making your own, (it's easier than you might think), with our oriental-inspired recipe and make sure you get the kids involved. Or, if you're short on time, pick up our ready made spring rolls or this 14-piece oriental platter which comes with vegetable spring rolls, prawn toasts and sweet and sour chicken wontons.

Pair them with Prosecco or anything sparkling, as bubbles are the perfect accompaniment for canapés and sharing foods. 

Feeling inspired to put together a feast this Chinese New Year? Make sure you stock up on all of your ingredients at Asda or pop into your local Asda store