The Ultimate Chinese New Year 2020 Recipe Guide For Your Reunion Dinner

How we celebrate Chinese New Year at Asian Food Network

Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year has been celebrated for thousands of years across many Asian countries. It ushers in the beginning of a new year with the season of spring for agrarian societies of the past and that’s why it is also known as the Spring Festival. We at Asian Food Network aims to provide you with the ultimate collection of recipes for your reunion dinner menu so you can ensure that everyone in your family, kids and adults alike, will have something they can enjoy. Be inspired with chinese new year food ideas for the year of the rat!


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Traditional Chinese New Year Recipes

Keep it real this Chinese New Year with some chinese traditional recipes that will impress your relatives and friends. Start with creating Ili Sulaiman 's Yusheng , followed by a scrumptious chinese feast with a delicious Beef and Brocolli Stir Fry dish, Malaysian Butter Prawns and more. 

Chinese New Year

Yu Sheng

Chinese New Year is here and what better way to start this festive by putting together a Yu sheng also know as Lo Hei. Lo Hei is a popular chinese dish to be enjoyed during Chinese New Year and the ingredients consists of strips of raw fish, ,shredded vegetables, pickles and a variety of sauces and condiments.What makes Lo Hei so unique are the lo hei sayings and sequence and if you know what to say during lo hei, we promise you that this will impress many.

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Easy peasy and an absolute pleasure to eat –the beef and broccoli stir-fry! Found in quite possibly every Chinese restaurant, this savory dish is at its best when the beef is sliced against the grain and allowed to sit in the marinate. And the icing on the cake? It uses the simplest of ingredients found in any kitchen, such as ginger, soy sauce, and oyster sauce.

Malaysian Butter Prawns

Hot margarine, generously coated over umami-bursting prawns. With each bite, strong licks of curry, pepper, and chilli padi tickles the tongue. Soothe the heat withdeliciously tasty eggfloss, a more than generous garnish for this heavily seasoned dish.

Teochew Style Steamed Promfret

The Steamed Pomfret is a true representation of Teochew cuisine –tasty, fresh and nutritious. Don’t be fooled by the clear broth and what seem to be plebeian ingredients, because this dish will shock your palette with its tangy, savory and spicy flavors. A truly simple dish to make, simply pile the ingredients onto the pomfret, pour the sauce and steam!

New Chinese New Year Classics

Indulge this Chinese New Year with the trending dishes of the last decade - the quick and easy Seafood White Beehoon, the hottest, fiery new kid on the block Mala Xiang Guo. Or if you're just looking for a good ol' chicken recipe that's easy to cook, we got you covered with our Chicken Katsudon & Turmeric Grilled Chicken.  Find the best recipes for you with Asian Food Network today


Seafood White Beehoon

Introducing a staple and easy-to-prepare meal for the family - The Seafood White Bee Hoon, a dish that is considered a national cuisine along the ranks of Chilli Crab and Hainanese Chicken Rice. The bee hoon, simmered to perfection in a concoction of stock, fish sauce and spices, and mixed with fresh seafood, vegetables and creamy strings of egg is the perfect meal for the young and old.

Mala Xiang Guo

Get your family and friends’ heart racing with the devilish indulgence of Ma La Xiang Guo, a dish so spicy that it would both excite and numb your tongue in one bite. Originally from Northern China, this unique one-pot stir fry dish gets its heat from the liberal use of peppercorn and chilies, and incorporates a whole lot of healthy greens!

Chicken Katsudon

The Katsudon is one of the most well-known Japanese rice bowls in the world, and it is easy to see why –it is the perfect balance between sweet and salty, filled with delightful textures, thanks to the crunchy fried chicken and fat grains of rice swimming in a creamy sea of egg. To fully enjoy this dish, eat it hot off the stove!

Grilled Turmeric Chicken

Love grilled meat? Then you are going to love this Turmeric Grilled Chicken, a dish with Indonesian origin so juicy and succulent that it will keep you coming back for more. This recipe involves, quite simply, bathing the meat with a simple marinate of turmeric, coriander, garlic and oil, grilling and mixing together the dipping sauce! We recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of marinating but if you do it all night, it will be juicier and tastier!

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5 Keto Recipes for a Low-Carb Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner

Use recipes that include using chicken thigh (with the skin on, of course!) in place of your regular chicken cut for extra healthy fats. The signature Chinese sauce, soy sauce, is replaced by liquid aminos for a keto alternative. And your table is not complete without dessert. We’re referring to the classic peanut soup – all keto, so everyone can come together and eat well this Chinese New Year.

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Quick and Easy Chinese New Year Recipes

Here is your cheat guide to cooking up some easy chinese new year recipes which are quick and delicious. Whether they are bite-sized treats such as our arrowhead chips recipe or our chinese new year desserts recipes such as the One-Pot Apple, Osmanthus, and Cranberry Dessert Soup, these fast  fool-proof recipes will not disappoint. 


Arrowhead Chips

Want to impress your relatives with Homemade Chinese New Year snack? Try making your Arrowhead chips with this simple recipe that we have for you! Not only is Arrowhead chips, an addictive Chinese New Year snack in Singapore, but it is healthy. Besides that, this Chiku recipe only requires four ingredients and can be easily picked up within three steps. Screen reader support enabled. Want to impress your relatives with Homemade Chinese New Year snacks? Try making your Arrowhead chips with this simple recipe that we have for you! Not only is Arrowhead chips, an addictive Chinese New Year snack in Singapore, but it is healthy. Besides that, this Chiku recipe only requires four ingredients and can be easily picked up within three steps.

One-Pot Apple, Osmanthus, and Cranberry Dessert Soup

A refreshing dessert soup is a classic for Chinese New Year, and is sure to get your year off to a sweet start. This one uses dried cranberries for an easy interesting twist, adding lots of tartness and texture to this dish. The osmanthus adds a wonderful floral note for an elegant touch.

One Pan Slow Baked Wuxi Pork RIbs

Combining Asian and Western cooking techniques makes this an easy, one-pot dish. All the flavour from the Chinese sauces penetrates the ribs during a low and slow bake in the oven, where they become meltingly soft and fall-off-the-bone tender.

Healthy Chinese New Year Recipes

Here are some Chinese New Year dishes by Janti Brasali that won't make you feel like you're missing out. 


Keto Kong Pao Chicken with Zucchini Noodles

Zoodles, a surprisingly tasty alternative to noodles, is particularly useful if you’re on a keto diet. That’s zoodles, or zucchini sliced into noodles. Here, it’s paired with a devilishly spiced kong pao chicken recipe, or a Chinese-style chicken dish that’s stir-fried using Chinese vinegar, chilies, broth and brown sugar swerve for a hint of sweetness.

Keto Cauliflower Porridge

Now if you’re on keto, you know how hard it is to avoid rice, especially at reunion dinners. Now, join in the family feast with a cool substitute –keto cauliflower “porridge”! That’s crumbed up cauliflower, boiled and thickened with xanthan gum to give adelicious porridge-like texture. It’s creamy, drizzled with fragrant sesame oil and we think, perfect for the Chinese New Year table and your daily Keto diet.

Keto Chicken Meatball Shirataki Noodles

Noodles are typically eaten to represent good fortune and prosperity during Chinese New Year. But that’s hard to do while you’re on Keto, so simply replace high-carb noodles with keto-friendly shirataki ones. Make your own meatballs too using friendly-fats in chicken thigh, and join in the meal with your noodle-loving family.

Keto Stir-Fried Dragon Chives & Beansprouts

If you’re on keto, leafy vegetables are the best for the diet. They’re low in carbs compared to stem and root vegetables, but still tastes delicious. For a Chinese New Year meal, you’ll want to make this, whether your family is on keto or not-it’s that yummy.

Food Ideas for your Chinese New Year Party

Be different this Chinese New Year with some of these unique asian recipes. Make a healthy asian dessert with our Tangerine Cake with Vegan Chocolate Ganache or a traditional One Pot Ginger Wine Chicken Mee Sua recipe that is a favourite amongst everyone. Your party will never be the same again with these Chinese New Year recipes.

Chinese New Year

Nonya Style Ikan Bakar

A salted soft white seabass that’s wok fried with sweet tamarind, strong ginger, herbal lemongrass and fragrantly sharp lime. Ikan Bakar, or burnt fish, is frequently eaten in Malaysia and Indonesia,with a big spoon of fiery rich sambaland white rice.

Tangerine Cake with Vegan Chocolate Ganache

A bright, light and sweet citrus cake that infuses the air with the inviting scent of tangerines -the fruit that symbolises Chinese New Year. Spread smooth on top is a thick rich layer of melted vegan chocolate ganache for extra pleasure. For a gluten-free alternative, use almond or coconut flour instead.
Above 60 mins

One Pot Ginger Wine Chicken Mee Sua

This comforting dish is a wonderful way to start the first day of the New Year. Its warming qualities will fill your whole being, while the aroma of chicken, ginger and Chinese wine will fill your kitchen.
Above 60 mins

Salted Vegetable Duck Soup

As with most dishes in Teochew, a city in the eastern province of China, the key to making the best Salted Vegetable Duck Soup lies in the freshness and quality of the ingredients, as well as to cater enough time for simmering. This ensures that the duck meat falls off the bone! Fun fact -This soup is known to boost one’s appetite because of its salty savoury taste.

Apple and Pear Pork Rib Soup

Yes, you read that right -Soup made from apple and pear! Originating from China, the Apple and Pear Pork Rib Soup is rumoured to be nourishing for your throat and lungs, andhave anti-aging properties. There is some prep work involved, and some time is required for the soup to be simmered to perfection but it is well worth the effort!

Kid-Friendly Chinese New Year Recipes

Try these yummy chinese new year recipes that kids will love and we promise that the adults will love too. Bite into a plate of delicious Fragrant Crispy Prawns or crunch through a bowl of Prawn and Vegetable Stir Fry and our advice is to make more because everyone will be asking for seconds.


One Bowl Steam Lor Mai Gai

Sticky rice is a must-have at Chinese New Year for me, as it symbolises the coming together of family at this celebratory time of year. This is the easiest way to produce a traditional lor mai gai, with juicy, flavourful chicken and warm, sticky rice.

Prawns and Vegetable Stir Fry

Looking for a staple meal for weekday dinners? Look no further because the prawns and vegetable stir-fry isa quick and healthy dish that will satisfy little (and big) bellies alike. The garlic and variety of vegetables gives this dish its fragrance, and the prawn, its subtle sweetness. Here’s a tip –chop the broccoli small or steam it a little before frying so that it will have the same crunch as the other vegetables. Serve with a bowl of rice for a complete meal.

Fragrant Crispy Prawns

This dish will be a big hit because let’s face it, who doesn’t enjoy crispy fried prawns in sweet and spicy sauce? This recipe is an amalgamation of ingredients frequently found in Thai cuisine with mayonnaise (yes mayonnaise!), which lends the dish its unique spicy creaminess. Perfect served hot and with a piping hot bowl of rice!

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