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Most Popular Chinese New Year Recipes

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Here are the recipes that readers turn to most often during the Chinese New Year season. Some, like Jiaozi, have traditional associations with Chinese New Year, while others are just more popular throughout the New Year season.

1. Jiaozi

Nothing beats a jiaozi making party on New Year’s Eve! This recipe is reader-rated at 5 out of 5 stars.

PotstickersThese pan-fried dumplings are easy to make and very popular. This recipe has a ground pork filling.

2. Egg Rolls

Made with a thick wrapper, these egg rolls are loaded to the brim with vegetables and a pork filling.

3. Pork and Shrimp Wonton

Made with wonton wrappers, these delicious dumplings are filled with pork and shrimp, with water chestnuts providing added texture.

4. Beef with Broccoli

One of my most popular recipes, consisting of tender strips of marinated beef paired with broccoli in an oyster-sauce flavored gravy.

5. Peking Duck

Beijing’s most famous dish, served with mandarin pancakes.

6. Sweet and Sour Pork

This popular dish consists of morsels of deep-fried pork, with a sweet and sour sauce made with pineapple and bell peppers.

7. Stir-fry Kung Pao Chicken

Like many popular recipes, the precise origins of this spicy dish are lost to history. (See Chinese Food Names for some theories). As in many Szechuan dishes, Kung Pao Chicken features the numbingly spicy combination of Szechuan peppercorn and hot chiles.

8. Basic Fried Rice

Learn the basic recipe for fried rice, and you’ll have endless varieties of this easy side dish at your fingertips. Simple fried rice, minus meat, seafood or vegetables, makes an easy alternative to plain cooked rice. For nights when you do want to jazz it up, choose from this selection of fried rice recipes.

9. Baked Chinese New Year Cake

Like all traditional Chinese cakes, Nian Gao is steamed rather than baked - this recipe is for those who feel more comfortable baking a cake. It contains eggs, butter and other ingredients found in a standard cake batter, but still uses glutinous rice flour (sticky rice flour) and red azuki (adzuki) beans.

Here is a more traditional Nian Gao recipe for comparison:
Chinese Steamed Fruitcake

10. Sponge Cake

Not a traditional New Year dish, this simple steamed cake is still very popular at this time of year. This recipe includes a simple icing made with pineapple juice and coconut milk.

Basic Sponge Cake Recipe (without the coconut icing)
How to Make Sponge Cake (photo instructions)

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