How to throw the ultimate Chinese New Year party
Think that you’ve got all your New Year’s celebrations out of your system after January 1? Think again, because January 28 marks the Chinese New Year.
Don’t worry if you’ve left your preparation until the last minute, because here is our handy list for the most extra Chinese New Year party you could throw. You can thank us later.
Okay, first things first: Make sure your pad is as festive as possible. Luckily, it’s not so hard – you don’t have to be as OTT as this place.
Instead, decorate your place with more low-key lanterns, and a red colour scheme never goes amiss. Oranges are a traditional food at Chinese New Year, so pop them in a bowl and boom: a ready-made centrepiece.
Here’s some inspo for you.
If you’re trying to save some dollar or are just a particularly crafty person, why not make your own lanterns?
Make sure you set your table appropriately, chopsticks and all, then you’ll be golden.
Starters and nibbles
Food is obvs the main event of any decent Chinese New Year soiree. For a starter you could do no wrong by whipping up some spring rolls. Because everyone loves spring rolls, it’s a scientific fact.
No Chinese New Year party is complete without some form of dumplings – they form an important centrepiece of the meal, and traditionally were a symbol of wealth. Oh, and they’re delicious. Why not try this dumpling noodle bowl recipe for size.
Unfortunately, we can’t subsist purely on dumplings (as much as we’d like to), so here are some other options for main meal dishes.
You could go down the healthy route with this takeaway style chow mein recipe. However, remember that long noodles are traditionally a symbol for long life, so don’t break those babies up.
Or instead appeal to the meatlovers with this crispy chilli beef recipe.
At Chinese New Year it’s also traditional to serve whole fish, like the sea bream in this Cantonese recipe.
Or just opt for an all-round winner with this sweet sticky chicken.
Or, if you’re anything like us, you’ll just go for all of the above. Hey – you never know what people will fancy on the night.
Think turnip cakes are made of turnips? Nope, because somewhat counterintuitively this traditional cake is actually made of radish. And you’re definitely going to want to try it.
No Chinese meal is complete without egg fried rice, and luckily it’s much less greasy and gross when you make it yourself.
The best thing about Asian desserts is how much room for experimentation there is. If you’re really feeling like trying something new, give this lotus seed sweet soup a go.
But if you don’t quite fancy that, these black sesame shortbread cookies are a failsafe winner.
Think we’re done yet? Not quite – if you really want to treat your guests, why not try this recipe for a Chinese ice tea.
Okay, so we know that most of this list is food-related but hey – if you’re going to put on a Chinese New Year party, you’ve got to make sure the table’s creaking.
Happy Year of the Rooster!