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Top Main Dish Recipes For Chinese New Year

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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.

1. Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken
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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.

2. Peking Duck

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.

3. General Tso's Chicken

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."

4. Sweet and Sour Pork

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.

5. Cantonese Roast Duck

This is the duck with the shiny reddish skin that is frequently seen hanging in the windows of Cantonese restaurants.

6. White Cut Chicken

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.

7. Clams in Black Bean Sauce

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.

8. Salt and Pepper Shrimp

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 don’t worry – eating the shells is strictly optional!

9. Lobster Cantonese

Lobster tails are cooked in a savory sauce flavored with Chinese black beans.

Cantonese Shrimp With Lobster Sauce - there's actually no lobster in this dish at all. The dish gets its name from having the same sauce as Lobster Cantonese.
Take-out Shrimp With "Lobster Sauce" - this is a take-out version of the popular dish, made with a white sauce.

10. Sesame Chicken

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.

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