Lunar New Year Recipes

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

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Florns' Chinese Steamed Fish

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An easy, fast, and yummy fish dish that my family absolutely loves. This is my mom from China's recipe. Serve with rice.

Pineapple Tarts

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Delightful little tarts with pineapple filling and a cross on the top.

Chinese-Style Baby Bok Choy with Mushroom Sauce

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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.

Anko (Sweet Red Bean Paste)

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The paste is used to hold together pastries, cakes, and other dishes that come from Japan, most commonly desserts.
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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)

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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

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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.

Perfect Pot Stickers

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Homemade pot stickers are so versatile--you can fill them with anything you want and as full as you want. And the play between the crispy, crusty bottom, and the tender parts, makes for a truly unique dumpling. These are filled with ground pork, green onions, ginger, and cabbage.

Chinese Pork Dumplings

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In Seattle's International District, Liana Cafe House sells traditional Chinese pork dumplings from a tiny takeout shop. See how to make them at home.

Super Easy Stir-Fried Cabbage

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A very simple stir-fry dish. The reason for using only soya sauce for stir-frying cabbage is that it brings out the natural sweetness in the cabbage itself.

Authentic Chinese Egg Rolls (from a Chinese person)

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My mom is the best cook ever and I am a picky eater. If I like this, then you will. This is very authentic because my family is Chinese and I am too. This recipe is at least 300 years old in the Ling family.

Chinese Barbeque Pork (Char Siu)

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In addition to its impressive high-gloss appearance and savory taste, this Chinese barbeque pork is quite easy to make at home--even without a fancy ceramic grill.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chinese Dumplings

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Give someone a very lucky year: hide a clean coin in the filling of your homemade jiaozi.

Almond Cookies (Dim Sum Variety)

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These almond cookies are what you would typically find in Chinese dim sum restaurants in Hawaii. A lot of these neighborhood dim sum stores/restaurants have closed down recently, so it's nice to be able to still enjoy these cookies from your own kitchen. If you enjoy the flavor of almonds, you'll love these cookies. This is a simple recipe and is a favorite in my family. Give it a try!