There are a number of festive Chinese dishes that will help make any New Year's Eve celebration a success, whether you're throwing a large bash or simply enjoying a quiet dinner with a few close friends. Below are some recipe suggestions, from appetizers to dessert, plus a special menu for those of you planning a romantic evening for two. Enjoy yourself, and try to wear something red - the Chinese believe red is a lucky color and wards off evil spirits. You may also want to hang decorative red lanterns - available at Asian markets.
No New Years Eve party would be complete without finger foods. Here are a number of Chinese and Chinese-inspired appetizers, from Honey Garlic Spareribs and Paper-wrapped Chicken to Crab Rangoon and a wicked pate with dried orange peel and oyster sauce.
Planning to serve your guests a full meal? Here are popular Chinese recipes that will add something different to your New Year's Eve celebrations, from Beef With Broccoli to Restaurant-Style Sesame Chicken.
Last, but definitely not least, dessert. Here you'll find a number of Chinese-inspired dessert recipes, such as an Asian Style Brandy Snap, along with classic Chinese treats such as Egg Custard Tarts. For those who want something extra special for New Year's Eve, try the Chocolate Fondue with tropical fruit and Chinese Sponge Cake for dipping.
Planning to spend a quiet evening alone? Here are some ideas for a romantic New Years dinner for two, from appetizers through to dessert. These should go well with most types of champagne (in general, when serving champagne, its best to stick with lightly spiced Cantonese cuisine, particularly seafood dishes). If youre serving wine, a German Riesling would be a good choice.