Celebrate Chinese New Year at home
Posted on Feb 01, 2017
If you can’t make it into Chinatown, why not cook up these recipes to celebrate Chinese New Year at home. Bring the festival to your place with exciting recipes that make the most of fast cooking and easy to prepare Asian vegies like gai lum, bok choy, on choy and wombok. Add the zest of limes, the kick of chillies, the sweetness of lychees or the aromatics of coriander and you’ve got all the ingredients to spice up these tasty meals.
Other ways to celebrate
Chinese New Year is not only about celebrating the start of a promising New Year but also wishing for a good harvest. Show your support for our hardworking growers and shop at your local greengrocer for your Chinese New Year inspired feast. They’ll help you pick the best in season to make a dish worth celebrating.
Popular fruits and vegetables for Chinese New Year celebrations in Australia
- Large peaches and nectarines
- Longans (fondly known as dragon’s eyes)
- Asian leafy greens (bok choy, choy sum, gai lum and on choy)
Fruit is often gifted or used as offerings with each holding a specify meaning. Pomelo, for example, symbolises good luck and family unity. The apricot’s golden colours signify wealth. A pair of peaches offers wealth, abundance, long healthy life, great fortune for many generations.
The most common Chinese ways of saying Happy Lunar New Year are:
Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin) and
Gong Hey Fat Choy (Cantonese).