If Chinese food is your passion and you love throwing together simple, delicious dishes in the blink of an eye, we've got the recipes for you. We've teamed up with our friends at Blue Dragon to pull together the ultimate round up of easy dinners. From fresh and flavoursome stir fries, to spicy noodles and rice dishes, here are the best-ever ways to ignite your appetite.
5 Ways to Throw the Ultimate Chinese New Year Party
1. Remember that long noodles symbolise longevity
Get your hands on some extra-long 'longevity' noodles which surprise surprise, are left uncut and signify a wish for the eater to have a long and successful life. Serve with a flavoursome broth, boiled or fried.
Try Blue Dragon Fine Egg Noodle Nests for an easy way to get your noodle fix. They're dried in individual portions to make rustling up dinner a breeze. We love them with chicken, ginger and mushrooms but you can make a mouth-watering veggie version without the chicken too.
2. Serve up some money bags
Not real money bags but the delicious, pastry-wrapped dumplings you could eat all day long. Symbolising wealth and good fortune, these little pastry pockets can be filled with anything from minced pork with ginger and spring onions, to spicy Red Curry Tofu. Serve with Blue Dragon Sweet Chilli Sauce for a cheeky kick. Arrange them in straight lines instead of circles because circles of dumplings are said to mean one's life will go round in circles. Nobody wants that.
3. Make sure your wok is crazy hot
Mimic the delicious, charred flavour you get in Chinese restaurants by heating your wok on a high heat until smoking. Have all your ingredients ready and waiting so you can throw them in quickly, without anything burning. If you're cooking meat, cook it thoroughly, remove it from the pan and set it aside.
Now it's time to get to work on your veggies. Add the ones that take longest to cook first such as carrots and broccoli, finishing with leafy greens like pak choi. Add in the meat and any sauces or seasonings, like Blue Dragon Hoi Sin & Garlic Stir-Fry Sauce. It's all about the speed.
4. Tangerines = good luck
Bring wealth and success to your home by displaying, eating and gifting tangerines and oranges during Chinese New Year. Bonus points for getting your hands on tangerines with leaves because this symbolises longevity.
5. Steam a fish
Families steam whole fish as a symbol of unity and prosperity because in Chinese, the word for fish sounds like the word for good fortune. To do this at home, first clean and wash the fish. Score it on both sides from head to tail as if to fillet and de-bone it but do not cut through.
Place the fish on a steaming plate. Stick a porcelain soup spoon on the lower part of the fish to expose fish and lift it a bit so as to allow for even steaming. Arrange sliced ginger, coriander and spring onions on top, finishing with a splash of Blue Dragon Light Soy Sauce. Steam the fish for 7 minutes (440g) or 5 minutes (250g). Garnish the fish with red chilli and more spring onions and coriander before serving.