Easiest ever Chinese New Year menu

  • By Georgina Kiely - Writer – bbcgoodfood.com

Celebrate Chinese New Year with a banquet of delights. Our easy three-course menu for six is bursting with flavour and is guaranteed to wow your guests.

Chinese meal spread

Chinese New Year's Day is often regarded as an opportunity for family and friends to get together and share a home-cooked meal, so celebrate at home with our easy menu that's full of flavour but won't take hours to make. Sample some hot and sour soup, followed by ginger and garlic spiced chicken and mouth-watering toffee bananas to finish. Get even more inspiration from our Chinese New Year recipe collection

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We've designed a Chinese New Year menu that serves six, with a starter, main and dessert. Each recipe is simple to make, with minimal prep time. Full of warming spices and traditional seasoning, these dishes are sure to impress. 

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1. Plan your Chinese New Year menu

Starter: Hot & sour prawn & sweetcorn soup

Tofu, prawn and sweetcorn soup in bowl
In order to get the most flavourful broth, use the stock from the poached chicken in your main course to form the base of the soup. If you're short of time, just use fresh chicken stock. Traditionally, this soup gets its heat from ground white pepper and is thickened with cornflour, but we used chilli for heat and Chinese black rice vinegar for an irresistible tang. Spend just 20 minutes making our hot and sour prawn & sweetcorn soup, then ladle into bowls and top with strips of crunchy spring onion. 
 

Main: One-pot crystal chicken with ginger & chicken oil

Chicken with rice and green beans on plate with chopsticks
On to the main event. Our one-pot crystal chicken with soy sauce, rice wine and a sprinkling of Sichuan pepper is deliciously moist, with terrific depth of flavour. Opt for the traditional method of poaching the chicken, or put your pressure cooker to work for a speedy 20-minute dish. Drizzle over some ginger and chilli oil to bring some zing to the dish. 
 

Side dish: Stir-fried garlic green beans

Green beans with garlic in dish
Everyone needs a helping of greens on the side, especially when they taste this good. Our simple stir-fried garlic grean beans make a vibrant, healthy accompaniment to a rich and indulgent feast. Throw together four key ingredients, including oyster sauce, and in 15 minutes you'll have a wholesome addition for the dinner table. 
 

Dessert: Toffee & sesame bananas

Bananas with toffee sauce and ice cream in dishes
Every decadent dinner needs a suitably stunning dessert. Our toffee & sesame bananas are a sweet, sticky taste sensation. Griddle your bananas with light brown sugar until caramelised, then spoon over your speedy homemade caramel and add a dollop of classic vanilla ice cream for good measure. You can even prep the sauce ahead of time for a really relaxed evening of entertaining. What's not to love?

2. Added extras and drinks

Chicken wings in bowl with fried rice, chopped peanuts and chopsticks
We have a host of easy party bites you can prep before your guests arrive and some classic tipples for entertaining. Try your hand at our Chinese dumplings, stuffed with prawns, water chestnuts and pork, and serve them with your favourite dipping sauce. Go all out with our spicy Sichuan chicken wings with chopped chilli and crunchy peanut garnish. These deliciously dark and sticky bites will disappear in a matter of minutes. Our hoisin chicken in crisp lettuce is a simple buffet-style food you can prepare ahead of time.

If you're looking for a lighter dessert to finish your meal, try our refreshing lychee & lime sorbet. Turn a few cans of lychees and three other ingredients into an elegant palate cleanser. For a taste of the tropical, switch it up with our pineapple sorbet with fresh mango

Spend more time with your guests with our clever two-ingredient cocktails, or serve a signature lychee martini to get the party started. 

Not done feasting? Find even more recipes for a Chinese banquet with our guide on how to create a New Year celebration menu with an authentic finish. 
 

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Lusiana Sarmisegetusa's picture
Lusiana Sarmise...
17th Feb, 2018
NOTHING VEGAN? THUMBS WAY DOWN.
kebabthief
14th May, 2018
I'm pretty sure that Pomegranate Ice is vegan.
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