From Yu Sheng to yam rings, the Lunar New Year brings familiar tastes and aromas to auspiciously decorated homes and restaurants. There’s fifteen days to celebrate though, so why not try out something familiar yet different this time? These novel dishes have been crafted from fresh from local ingredients and spices to wow your guests and surprise your taste buds. Give them a go on foodpanda and usher in this Chinese New Year with a twist.
Fried on the outside, and so fluffy and soft on the inside, traditional bean curd is reimagined in this handcrafted dish from Li Yen. A delicate layer of pureed spinach oozes in through the top, and each tofu is covered with crispy fried shallots. Pick up a piece gently with your chopsticks along with a stem or two of shimeji mushrooms to enjoy the full array of textures – soft crunch and fluffiness that is absolutely bursting with umami flavor. This vegetarian treat is sure to please both vegetarians and meat lovers alike!
Somewhat unconventional for a Southeast Asian New Year dish but a definite crowd pleaser, this Deep-fried Diced Chicken with Dried Flower Chilli will make even your non-hungry guests feel a little peckish. Who can resist bite-sized, golden crispy fried chicken that’s bursting with tongue-numbing mala spices? Grab a plate or two for sharing, it’s the perfect finger food for the living or dining room table!
Another addictive dish is this Fried Pumpkin with Salted Egg, which promises strong sweet and savory flavors in every mouthful. Each pumpkin slice is fried till golden brown, and every bite reveals a piping hot, soft and creamy orange sweet center. Need a bigger portion? Upsize it to a large for extended family sharing!
Get zingy with this Steamed Fish Sour Soup Kengsom. The large fish is great for family sharing, and this meaty fish is slathered with a spicy, tangy and sour sauce made out of shrimp paste, garlic, turmeric and chili. Like how traditional Thai sour curries are made, this soup dish has a healthy medley of broccoli, cauliflower, kangkong and carrots mixed in. Pair this main dish with rice for a fulfilling lunch or dinner this festive season.
If you are a fan of the lusciously creamy and spicy butter crab, then this Butter Oyster Mushroom might just be your new hot favorite. Chewy and juicy oyster mushrooms are deep fried to give it a crunchy exterior before being generously coated with a rich butter sauce that is balanced out by the fiery chili. The rejuvenating scent of crisp curry leaves – not unlike a mix of lemon and star anise – completes the sheer delight of beholding this fulfilling dish.
This Prawn Tempura Rice Bowl is made for seafood lovers. You can look forward to chomping on big, juicy prawns covered in a light, crispy tempura batter, with an umami drizzle over the top. Pair it with a soup and salad for a complete meal, or just enjoy it on it’s own, on top of a bed of Japanese rice.
Sure, you’ve had the occasional chili, pepper or even butter crab, but have you tried Kam Heong Crab? The Cantonese word “Kam Heong” literally translates to golden fragrance. With a sauce concocted from an aromatic blend of shrimp paste, curry powder, shallots and garlic, it’s not difficult to imagine why this name is so apt. Leave those phones aside and get your fingers greasy with this crabby feast!
Enjoy a warming treat on a cold Lunar New Year day with this Sauerkraut Fish Noodle. While it may not be the fanciest dish in the menu, this noodle soup has moreish sour savory base, fish chunks, and pickled vegetables to crunch on. Savor the sour tang and gently spice on your taste buds and slurp up this nutritious bowl of noodles.
Add a touch of luxury to your typical fried rice with black truffle and beef. The aromatic, deep earth flavors of black truffle compliment the complex flavors of juicy beef really well in this classic wok-hey classic.
Put a twist on a traditional bowl of Bak Kut Teh with this vegetarian version everyone can enjoy. All that herbal and lightly spiced flavors are infused into a variety of ingredients including vegetarian lamb, vegetarian chicken, tofu, mushrooms and vegetables. Heap all that hearty goodness on a bowl of steaming white rice and you’re all set to dig in!