Ken Hom's delicious Chinese New Year recipes

Posted on: 03 February 2010 by Mark O'haire

Chef Ken Hom shares three quick, simple and healthy Chinese recipes.

With a wide array of fresh vegetables, very little oil and lean meat, Chinese food is amongst the healthiest food in the world, containing many ingredients which promote wellbeing.

Garlic helps lower cholesterol and chillies are a great way to help fight off common colds.  Ginger is used for its aromatic and flavoursome properties but it also acts as a remedy for a number of ailments including nausea, heart burn and indigestion.

Coriander is used regularly within Chinese cooking, and is not only an excellent source of magnesium and iron but it has been known to help with digestive problems and bacterial infections.

Sesame oil is used in particular for seasoning and marinades in stir-fries.  Compared to many other oils, it is also low in saturated fats and adds a delicious nutty taste to any dish. 

Extremely high temperatures are used when stir-frying which seals the meat well, making sure the oil does not taint the flavour of the meat. 

As a rule, to ensure the dish is as healthy as possible,  drain off any excess fat.

Stir-fried peas with fresh coriander, spring onions & sesame oil

Stir-Fried Peas With Fresh Coriander & OnionShopping List:

  • 1 lb (450g) fresh or frozen peas
  • Fresh coriander
  • Spring onions
  • Garlic
  • Sesame oil

Preparation Time: 11 minutes (fresh) 5 minutes (frozen)

Cooking Time: 3.5 minutes

Serves: 4-6


  • 1 pound (450g) fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon oil, preferably groundnut
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil


  1. If you are using fresh peas, blanch them in boiling water for 2 minutes, drain and set aside. If you are using frozen peas, let them thaw at room temperature.
  2. Heat a wok or large frying pan until it is hot, then add the oil.
  3. Add the peas and stir-fry for 30 seconds, then add the fresh coriander, spring onions, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper and continue to stir-fry for 3 minutes or until the peas are cooked.
  4. Add the sesame oil and give the mixture a final stir and serve at once.

10 minute salmon with spring onion sauce

10 Minute Salmon With Spring Onion SauceIngredients:

  • 1lb (450g) fresh salmon fillets
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground white or black pepper
  • 1 pint (570ml) water
  • 6 tablespoons coarsely chopped spring onions
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh root ginger
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh root ginger
  • 1½ tablespoons oil (preferably ground nut)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

Serves: 4


  1. Rub the salmon fillets with 1 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper.
  2. Bring the water to the simmer in the wok. Add the salmon, simmer for 2-3 minutes, cover tightly and turn off the heat. Allow to stand for 4 minutes.
  3. Combine the spring onions, ginger and the remaining 1 teaspoon salt together in a small bowl. In a small pan combine the oil and sesame oil and bring it to the smoking point.  Then stir fry the spring onions for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove the salmon from the water and arrange on a platter. Scatter the spring onion mixture on top and pour hot oil over it. Serve at once.

Tomato ginger soup

Tomato Ginger Soup

Shopping List:

  • 1 lb (450g) fresh or tinned tomatoes
  • Ginger
  • 2 pints of chicken stock, homemade or store brought
  • Chilli bean sauce

Preparation Time: 9 minutes

Cooking Time: 6 minutes

Serves: 4-6


  • 1 lb (450g) fresh or tinned tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, coarsely chopped
  • 2 pints (1.1 ltr) chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chilli bean sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar


  1. If you are using fresh tomatoes, cut them in half horizontally. Squeeze the seeds out and coarsely chop the tomatoes and set aside.
  2. Put the stock into a saucepan and bring to simmering point. Add the ginger, soy sauce, chilli bean sauce, sugar, and tomatoes. Simmer for 2 minutes then serve at once.

The recipe can easily be doubled, which makes it perfect for entertaining a number of friends.   For a Southeast Asian touch, add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or serve at room temperature on a hot summer day.

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