Chinese New Year 2019 Food Guide: 6 Delicious Dishes to Attract Prosperity and Good Luck

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Chinese New Year is also called the Lunar New Year as the day of its celebration falls on the new moon between January 21 and February 20.

In 2019, the first day of the Lunar New Year will be on Tuesday, 5 February, starting the Year of the Pig.

Moreover, it is considered the most important and longest holiday in China and other countries in East Asia since ancient times.

Be prepared for the holiday and check out most delicious that people serve during Chinese New Year celebration on Nexter.org!

#1 Buddha’s delight

Buddha’s delight is a popular vegetarian dish made by Chinese on the eve and the first day of the New Year.

As the dish is vegetarian, sometimes it’s cooked with seafood or eggs.

Ingredients:

  • Some cooking oil
  • 4 pcs of Chinese mushrooms – cut into halves
  • 1.5 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 1 pc of red fermented beancurd
  • Half a carrot – sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetarian oyster sauce / mushroom sauce
  • 500g of cabbage
  • 0.5 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups of mushroom-soaked water
  • 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce
  • 0.5 teaspoon of sugar
  • 80g of fresh black fungus
  • 75g of snow peas
  • 35g of glass noodles (tanghoon)
  • Some cornstarch solution

#2 Jau gok

Cantonese families usually serve Jau gok as the main Chinese new year dish. Basically, this dish is similar to dumplings. They can vary – oil dumplings, crispy triangles, fried oil dumplings and more.

Ingredients:

  • Dough: 1 cup all purpose flour, more for dusting
  • 2 teaspoon sugar (adjusted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Filling: 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dessicated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

#3 Niangao

Niangao is a homophone to “a more prosperous year”. This dish is also popular in the Philippines because of its large Chinese population.

Niangao is Chinese New Year pudding, white or brown, depending on the color of sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • vegetable oil
  • sticky rice cake (sliced)

#4 Noodles

Yeah, just noodles! But wait, hear its deep meaning – Chinese serve uncut noodles to represent longevity and long life.

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounce package longevity noodles, cooked for 2-3 minutes
  • 3 shiitake mushrooms, rehydrated and sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine
  • 2 teaspoon Lee Kum Kee Double Deluxe Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Lee Kum Kee Sesame Oil, more to taste

#5 Rougan

Rougan or Yok Gon is Chinese salty-sweet dried meat that resembles jerky – fat, sliced, marinated and then smoked.

Ingredients:

  • 500g Chicken minced meat
  • 100g sugar 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2tbsp fish sauce 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1/8 tsp five spices powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper powder
  • 1 tsp salt

#6 Turnip cakes 

Turnip cakes are fried shredded radish and rice flour. When the dish is ready, you need to dice it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. bag of rice flour
  • 2 lb. Asian turnips -or- daikon radish
  • 4 cups of water (reference video for details)
  • 3 Tbsp. dried shrimp
  • 3 links of Chinese Sausage
  • 1 Tbsp. dried shallots
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. white pepper

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Chinese New Year 2019 Food Guide: 6 Delicious Dishes to Attract Prosperity and Good Luck
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Chinese New Year 2019 Food Guide: 6 Delicious Dishes to Attract Prosperity and Good Luck
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Chinese New Year is also called the Lunar New Year as the day of its celebration falls on the new moon between January 21 and February 20. In 2019, the first day of the Lunar New Year will be on Tuesday, 5 February, starting the Year of the Pig. Moreover, it is considered the most important and longest holiday in China and other countries in East Asia since ancient times. Be prepared for the holiday and check out most delicious recipes that people serve during Chinese New Year celebration on Nexter.org!
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