Year of the Dog
Chinese New Year is one the world’s most colourful events & is celebrated all across the globe. If you were born in 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970 or 1958, this is your year! As always, in the Seasoned office we are getting involved in the festivities of the Chinese New Year! As a London caterer & having done a few Chinese inspired menus this year already, we wanted to have more of an insight on dishes that are eaten during the celebrations of the Chinese New Year. We wanted to share some of the tasty treats we will be enjoying over the festive period, compliments of our Chef! We hope that this mouth-watering menu gets you inspired to have a Chinese feast of your own!
Spring rolls *yum* / Most of us are familiar with the deep-fried version, but these can be steamed or baked & can be created with the filling of your choice. Spring rolls can be served as an appetiser, snack or even a dinner dish.
Dumplings / Dumplings are most significant during the Chinese New Year. By eating dumplings, you are sending away the old & welcoming the new!
Noodles / There is great flexibility for ingredients for noodles, & many of the ingredients have symbolic meaning (interesting!) such as:
Eggs /Big & healthy family
Fish / Surplus & wealth
Duck / Loyalty
Tofu / Happiness & fortune for the entire family
Steamed fish / This is a must for the Chinese New Year! Even though the whole fish is steamed for New Year’s Eve dinner, only half of the fish is eaten for dinner & the second half the next day – this is to prolong the surplus & to make the future prosperous as well.
The best bit, dessert – Nian Goa / Also known as a rice or New Year cake. The sweetness of this cake means the next year will be sweet & successful!