Chinese New Year is China's most important traditional holiday. Here are a number of popular main dishes to help you celebrate, from Sweet and Sour Pork to Peking Duck.
Symbolic Chinese Foods
- learn more about why certain foods are popular during the Chinese New Year season.
Named after a court official or "Kung Pao," Kung Pao Chicken is a spicy Szechuan dish made with diced chicken, peanuts and chili peppers. Stir-fry Kung Pao Chicken
- in this healthier version the chicken is stir-fried, reducing the calories.
Here is a recipe for the famous Beijing dish, consisting of juicy slices of duck with a crispy skin, served with Mandarin pancakes and hoisin sauce. The Famous Peking Duck
Learn more about enjoying Peking Duck in Beijing, in this article by Ronghe Yu.
This is the famous chicken dish that is named after a famous 19th century Chinese military leader. While General Tso's Chicken was invented in the United States, it is based on an authentic Hunan dish that translates roughly as "ancestor meeting place chicken."
Pork is deep-fried in batter twice to make it extra crispy, then stir-fried with pork and pineapple in a sweet and sour sauce.
This is the duck with the shiny reddish skin that is frequently seen hanging in the windows of Cantonese restaurants.
Chicken is poached in rice wine until it turns white and garnished with scallions in this simple festive dish. White cut chicken is a popular New Years' dish as the white chicken symbolizes purity.
Clams are stir-fried in a savory mixture of black beans and ginger. In Chinese culture, clams symbolize prosperity because of their resemblance to Chinese coins.
This coloful dish makes an eye-catching appetizer or main course. The deep-fried shrimp shells turn a wonderful orange color, while the spicy seasoning adds extra flavor. The shells protect the shrimp meat during deep-frying, so that it tastes extra tender and juicy. But dont worry eating the shells is strictly optional!
Not an authentic Chinese dish, but one that is very popular during festive occasions. Chicken is deep-fried in batter, then finished in a tangy sweet and sour sauce and garnished with toasted sesame seeds. More Chinese New Year Recipes Appetizers Desserts Vegetarian Quick and Easy