Hi Everyone, it’s Bill and Welcome to The Woks of Life Chinese New Year recipes collections, Past, Present, and growing each year as we add more of our family recipes and other popular Chinese New year recipes to our family recipe collection.
The Chinese Lunar New year is a festive time for Chinese all over the world. Hanging Lanterns, fireworks,, new clothes, Hong Bao red envelopes filled with money for children, lots of red anything and most importantly, a whole lot of traditional Chinese good food!
Here, at The Woks of Life, we can help you with the traditional Chinese recipes and classic Chinese dishes to celebrate your lunar new year. We put together this Chinese New Year Recipes page specifically to help you entertain your family and honored guests during this festive holiday so be sure to come here often and check our Chinese New Year Recipes page before planning your Chinese New Year menu!
Chinese New Year Recipes – The Woks of Life Collections:
Through the years, we have written articles and recipes about our Chinese New year experiences including various tips on what to do and what not to do so peruse thour our collection and you will probably learn something. As you read through our recipe posts, don;t hesitate to leave comments and/or questions because we take your feedback and questions seriously and d our very best to answer each and every one of them!
A Big “Fat” Chinese New Year Menu for All Skill Levels
Chinese New Year Dishes (& Recipe Requests!) – 2017
Prawn Crackers for Chinese New Year & Tips on How to Celebrate! – 2016
Chinese New Year Menu – 2015
The Chengdu Temple Fair
Chinese New Year: Fireworks Up Close
Chinese New Year Dishes – 2014
Don’t forget your red envelopes for Chinese New Year or your next Chinese Birthday or Wedding Banquet!
Start here with your Chinese New Year menu planning!
Our collection contains many traditional recipes and food that are typically eaten during Chinese New Year. Each year, we try to add a few new recipe because traditional and classic Chinese New year dishes vary among the different regions of China. We have curated our own list of favorite recipes in several different categories below so take a look-see. If you see something missing that you would like to see, drop us a line and we’ll do our best to produce it.
Chinese New Year recipes – Dumplings and Appetizers:
Appetizers, dumplings, snacks, or anything related to rice, glutinous rice or carbs are favorite Chinese New year items. Probably one of the most iconic dishes is the Chinese Sweet glutinous rice cake Nian Gao you see here.
Shandong Pork and Fish Dumplings (Jiaozi)
Stir-Fried Sticky Rice Cakes (Nian Gao)
Chicken Dumplings with Shiitake Mushrooms
Crispy Stuffed Lotus Root with Pork (炸藕盒)
The ONLY Dumpling Recipe You’ll Ever Need
Pork Chive Dumplings (and homemade dumpling wrappers!)
Homemade Spring Rolls
Shanghai-Style Spring Rolls
Hong Shao Kao Fu – Braised Wheat Gluten with Mushrooms
Sticky Rice Mushroom Shumai w/ Homemade Wrappers (Vegan)
Taro Cake (Wu Tao Gou)
Turnip Cake (Lo Bak Go)
Chinese New Year recipes – Seafood dishes:
Fish and shellfish are a very popular, if not essential to Chinese New Year and here is our collection of dishes seen often on the Lunar New Year dinner table. Pictured here is a Pan Fried fish which, of course, there is always two – one to eat at the Chinese New year feast and a second one to leave untouched that day as a symbol of abundance and prosperity for the coming New Year.
Shanghai Smoked Fish, Xun Yu (上海熏鱼)
Crispy Fried Flounder, Chinese-Style
Chinese Deep Fried Oysters with Dipping Sauce
Cantonese-Style Ginger Scallion Lobster
Dried Oyster and Black Moss (Ho See Fat Choy)
Pan Fried Fish
Chinese Braised Fish (Hongshao Yu)
Steamed Whole Fish
Shanghai Shrimp Stir-fry (油爆虾)
Ginger Scallion Shrimp
Stir-Fried Clams in Black Bean Sauce
Chinese Seafood Bird Nest
Chinese New Year recipes – Meat dishes:
Poultry and Pork are two favorite meats of the Chinese so no coincidence that Cantonese Poached chicken Bai Qie Ji is one of the most common dishes served on Chinese New year tables. That said, pork belly is also a wildly popular meat among Chinese and this Braised Pork Belly with Arrowroot has a festive red tint and is insanely delicious !
Chinese Fried Pigeon (Squab), A Hong Kong Favorite
Chinese Pearl Meatballs with Sticky Rice (珍珠丸子)
Egg Dumplings, A Chinese New Year Must Have (蛋饺)
Cantonese Poached Chicken w/ Ginger Scallion Oil (Bai Qie Ji)
Sour Plum Duck
Steamed Pork with Rice Powder (Fen Zheng Rou – 粉蒸肉)
Shanghai-Style Braised Pork Belly (Hong Shao Rou)
Braised Pork Belly with ArrowRoot
Cantonese Roast Pork Belly
Chinese New Year recipes – Other dishes:
An iconic vegetarian dish is Buddha’s Delight consisting of at least 8 ingredients to make this dish. Very popular among Cantonese, it is eaten the morning of Chinese New year after a ceremonial offering of food on the table to honor and remember family ancestors.
Sweet Fermented Rice (酒酿, Jiu Niang)
Steamed Ribs with Glutinous Rice (糯米蒸排骨)
Yan Du Xian (Shanghainese Salted Pork Soup with Bamboo Shoots and Tofu)
Ginger Scallion Oil with Chilies
Buddha’s Delight (Lo Han Jai)
Stir Fried Lettuce
Pea Tips Stir-fry
A Basic Stir-Fried Bok Choy Recipe
Shanghai Rice Cake Stir-fry w/ Greens
Stir-Fried Sticky Rice Cakes (Nian Gao)
Steak and Scallion Rice Cake Stir-Fry
Long Life Noodles – Yi Mein (伊面）
Shanghai Fried Noodles
Bian Dou Men Mian (Steamed Noodles and Green Beans)
Sticky Rice with Chinese Sausage
Young Chow Fried Rice
Chinese New Year recipes – Desserts and Sweets:
Tang Yuan or Sweet Rice balls with sesame fillings are another iconic Chinese New year treat that is eaten at any time during the day. Fillings for these tasty tang yuan also included ground peanuts, sweet red bean paste and others!
Tang Yuan Sweet Rice Balls with Sesame Filling
Nian Gao (Chinese New Year Sweet Rice Cake)
Coconut Tapioca Dessert with Sweet Rice Balls
Chinese Walnut Cookies
Sweet Sesame Crisps
Chinese Sesame Peanut Brittle
You can also check out our Chinese New Year visual recipe index to see thumbnail pictures of these dishes!