Lunar New Year Recipes

Find delicious recipes for the spring festival, whether you celebrate Chinese New Year, Chunjie, Tet, Seollal, or Losar.

Staff Picks

Chinese Pork Dumplings

Rating: 4.5 stars 208
Fill store-bought wonton wrappers with a flavorful pork mixture for authentic-tasting dumplings at home.

Florns' Chinese Steamed Fish

Rating: 4.5 stars 36
An easy, fast, and yummy fish dish that my family absolutely loves. This is my mom from China's recipe. Serve with rice.
By charsiew

Homemade Wonton Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 375
This is a recipe I have perfected on my own through the years. I am one who never measures, so take the measurements as a guide, not as law. This recipe is one that my family members beg me to make all the time! Enjoy!

Chinese-Style Baby Bok Choy with Mushroom Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 134
This is a delicious dish. It is an authentic Chinese recipe that I use for my cooking. Baby bok choy and mushroom are the two main ingredients.

Pineapple Tarts

Rating: 4.5 stars 14
Delightful little tarts with pineapple filling and a cross on the top.

Anko (Sweet Red Bean Paste)

Rating: 4.5 stars 15
The paste is used to hold together pastries, cakes, and other dishes that come from Japan, most commonly desserts.

Korean Tteokguk (Rice Cake Soup)

This is a traditional dish enjoyed by many--if not all--Koreans during the New Year's and Lunar New Year holidays. Although there wasn't a lot of time for cooking or eating, I got to experience a semi-instant tteokguk for New Year's Day thanks to a good friend of mine. Garnish with green onions; add mandu (dumplings) or thin slices of beef if you like. Serve hot, as rice cakes will get soggy over time.

Dong Po (Chinese Pork Belly)

Rating: 4.5 stars 15
Named after an ancient Chinese statesman, poet and gourmand of the Song Dynasty, the pork belly is cooked three different ways, rendering the meat succulent, tender and very flavorful. (If you can't find pork belly, ask the butcher; it is what bacon is before it is cured and sliced.)

Lunar New Year Peanut Cookies

Rating: 5 stars 5
The dough for these addictive, delicate cookies (known as hua sheng bing in Mandarin) begins in the food processor, but you'll want to finish it by hand to keep it from becoming oily. For extra peanut flavor, use unrefined or semi-refined peanut oil, which smells and tastes nuttier. Cookies keep up to 3 days chilled in an airtight container, layers separated by waxed paper, or frozen up to 3 months.

Steamed Fish with Ginger

Rating: 5 stars 108
If you like fish or even anything about Chinese food you'll love this recipe.

Chef John's Chinese Scallion Pancakes

Rating: 4.5 stars 39
These fun-to-make flatbreads are a common fixture on menus in China, and while they all feature the same few ingredients, they come in a variety of thicknesses. The thinner you make these, the crispier they'll be, but you won't get that nice, layered, oniony inside. On the other hand, if you make them too thick, they can be a little doughy inside, so I try to shoot for something in between.

Colorful Korean Dumplings (Mandu)

These colorful Korean dumplings are fall in a pocket. Vibrant-hued juice lends color to the skins, and veggies and tofu pack a nutritional punch.
By DakotaKim

Inspiration and Ideas

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger!
Grab a broom and sweep away the past on February 1.
Chinese Dumplings
Rating: Unrated 95
Give someone a very lucky year: hide a clean coin in the filling of your homemade jiaozi.
Easy Mochi
Rating: 4.5 stars 49

Mochi are small Japanese rice cakes made with sweetened red bean paste.