Traditional Chinese New Year recipes

Posted on: 09 February 2010 by Mark O'haire

Bring in the Chinese New Year in style with these tasty traditional favourites.

Traditional Chinese New Year food is a symbol of prosperity, good luck, health and long life for everyone at the table. Each and every food, either by its appearance or the pronunciation of its name, symbolises age old Chinese beliefs.

Traditionals like dumplings, spring rolls, chicken or a whole fish wishes good things for the coming year.

Bring in the Chinese New Year in style with these tasty traditional favourites.

Chinese Dumplings


  • 200g butter
  • 500g sticky rice flour
  • 200g black sesame powder
  •  250g sugar
  • 1 tsp wine
  • Water, as needed


  1. Blend the butter with sesame powder, sugar, and wine and heat the mixture a little bit, making small balls from the mixture.
  2. Take 1/2 cup of sticky rice flour. Pour water into the flour and make flattened dough. Cook the dough in boiled water and then after taking the dough out let it cool down. Then place it in the rest of the sticky rice flour.
  3. Pour water and knead until the dough is smooth. Make the dough into small pieces. Shape it like a ball by hands first and then make a hole in the ball.
  4. Add the sesame ball into it and close it up. Cook them in boiled water and keep stirring in one direction while cooking. When they start floating on the water, continue to boil for one minute in less heat and serve.

Traditional Chinese Chicken


  • Boneless, skinless chicken, cut in large chunks
  • 1/4 cup of chicken broth
  • 1 small courgette, cut into chunks
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup of cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp. rice wine
  • 1 tbsp. chopped green onion
  • 1 tsp. oyster sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. hot pepper paste
  • 3 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 -2 tbsp. cornstarch mixed with 1 -1/2 tbsp. water
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil


  1. Cut the chicken into small pieces and coat it with cornstarch and keep it aside. Cut the courgette on a shallow diagonal about 1" wide. 
  2. Roll the courgette halfway and slice to form chunks that are shaped like trapezoids. Blend garlic and green onion in a small dish. Mix the ingredients like broth adding oyster sauce, soy sauce, hot pepper sauce, wine, and vinegar in a small bowl.
  3. In a small glass mix cornstarch with water. Heat the cooking pan over high heat for two to four minutes. Add vegetable oil; heat until it is very hot.
  4. Put the chicken in the pan and stir to break it up. Fry until the chicken pieces turn golden brown. Transfer chicken to a strainer so the small pieces and the oil gets filtered away.
  5. Place the pan back on high heat for few seconds. Put garlic mixture and fry. Add zucchini to it and toss a minute over high heat.
  6. Pour the sauce mixture and bring to a boil. Put cornstarch and boil until the mixture is thickened. Put chicken and sesame oil and heat through and serve.

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