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Create the perfect night in for Chinese New Year

From spring rolls to takeaway-style favourites, we have all you need to celebrate the Chinese festival

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Create the perfect night in for Chinese New Year

Welcome, everyone, to the Year of the Pig (it's worth mentioning that in Chinese culture, pigs are generally seen as symbols of wealth and fortune).

Chinese New Year is by far one of the most colourful events in the global calendar. Lanterns, fireworks, parades and dragons – this is a celebration like no other, and we want to get involved.

Since it falls on oh-so-chilly 5 February, we can't think of anything better than staying in the warm with a good Chinese-inspired meal.

With that, we bring you our all-time favourite Chinese dishes, which can be swiftly whipped up from your own kitchen and enjoyed with friends, family, or in front of the telly. We even have the perfect Chinese beer to wash it all down. 

Here's how to have the best Chinese New Year night in...
 

Sticky sesame duck with beans

Whether wrapped up in pancakes with hoisin sauce or pan-fried and smothered in a sweet marinade, duck is pretty darn delicious. Here it is served over crunchy green beans with a generous sprinkling of sesame seeds.

 

Chicken and red pepper stir-fry with butternut squash noodles

This tasty stir-fry uses thick butternut squash noodles, which work perfectly with fresh grated ginger, tenderstem broccoli, chicken, coriander and lashings of soy sauce. It's as colourful as it is delicious, and ready to eat in around 20 minutes. Who needs a takeaway?

Xiao long bao

Didn't think you could make your own dim sum? Think again. Sometimes called soup dumplings, Xiao long bao are named after the bamboo baskets they are steamed in. They're a speciality of Shanghai and, believe it or not, they're easier to make than they look. The dumplings are made using just plain flour and water and the filling is a mixture of pork mince, rice wine, pepper, sugar, soy sauce, ginger and reduced chicken stock. If you have guests coming, try and get hold of a bamboo steaming basket - they really do look amazing when you serve them up in this authentic Chinese dish.

Char siu pork ribs with spring onions

Ribs are a must-have when it comes to Chinese cuisine. Our barbecue-style ribs have all the typical sweet flavours of Cantonese cooking. To make sure they pack a punch, we've marinated our ribs overnight to make sure the sticky, sweet glaze, made up of honey, soy sauce, rice wine, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and five spice, really takes hold. The delicious marinade would work just as well with chicken, or try pouring over a grilled aubergine for a veggie treat. Serve with griddled spring onions and fresh chilli.

Cumin and chilli beef

Marinated in rice wine, soy sauce, sesame oil, cornflour, ginger, garlic, chilli, cumin and chilli flakes, this beef dish is full of the spicy flavours of the Hunan province. We've served ours alongside jasmine rice and steamed pak choi and garnished with shredded spring onion and coriander leaves for a fresh finish. Ready in just 20 minutes, this is Chinese food at its best!

Vegetable spring rolls

A combination of fresh Chinese vegetables like bean sprouts, red peppers and carrots, in addition to the crispy readymade filo pastry help to gives these rolls a satisfying tasty crunch. Serve these up as a starter or bring them out as a side with your main course. They really are a must if you're serving up a Chinese feast!

Frozen Lychee Yoghurt

Craving something sweet? Lychee is a popular fruit in China, and is absolutely delicious blitzed up with yogurt and honey, and frozen. We think this is the perfect recipe to round off your Chinese feast.

want to keep the kids entertained? make fortune cookies 

What Chinese New Year party would be complete without some fortune cookies to snap open? From good luck charms to prophecies, the messages often contained within the miniature cookies are designed to get you thinking. 

So why not be in charge of your own fortune this year by creating your own cookies? The kids will love getting involved shaping the cookies (and eating them too). And don't forget to write or print fortunes onto small rectangular strips of paper before you start.

 

For those wanting to put their feet up and relax this New Year, try out our range of ready made meals, sauces and sides.

Feeling inspired to celebrate Chinese New Year in the comfort of your own home? Make sure you head online or in store to browse and stock up on all the ingredients and decorations you'll need.