5 amazing dishes to bring in the Chinese new year

February 15, 2018


新年快. Chinese New Year is upon us and whilst the URBAN eat team love the lanterns, dragons and fireworks, there’s no denying that the food is our favourite part of the celebration. Our mouths are watering as we dream of dim sum, noodles and spring rolls. The only problem is that restaurants fill up, and fast!

Not booked a table yet? No fear. We have some delicious, authentic recipes that will inspire your inner chef and get your taste buds tingling.

So put the apron on, pour a drink and bring in the year of the dog with our top Chinese recipes.

Sichuan-style sea bass with wok-fried vegetables

Fancy something light? This spicy Sichuan fish is a healthy meal with all the key components of a traditional Chinese recipe.

Grab yourself some: freshly chopped ginger, finely chopped chillies, spring onions, sea bass fillets, rice wine vinegar, chilli-bean paste and garlic cloves for the Sichuan-style sea bass. The wok-fried vegetables simply consist of spring onions, mangetout, bok choi, soy sauce and sesame oil.

Dim Sum Soy Sauce Chow Mein Noodles [Vegan]

Whether you’re already a seasoned vegan veteran, or are just trying to reduce your meat intake, this simple yet satiating dish will certainly satisfy your taste buds. Translating literally as “touch the heart”, Dim Sum is traditionally enjoyed with a group of your family and friends, so grab your nearest and dearest and get chopping!

Asian-Braised Shin of Beef with Hot and Sour Shredded Salad

If you prefer your cuisine with more of a kick, give this Asian take on a beef stew a go. This one requires a bit more time to cook, but you’ll certainly enjoy it when it’s ready!

Peppered with loads of punchy flavours from fresh ginger to chilli, this Nigella dish will leave you wanting more – don’t worry though, the recipe makes enough to serve 6.

Fried or Steamed Veggie Dumplings (Vegan)

The Chinese are famous for their excellent vegetarian dishes, and this one is no exception. A simple one to prepare, these veggie dumplings can be used as a starter or as a main depending on how many you give your guests. If you’re wanting a lighter dish we’d recommend steaming, otherwise get frying!

Add a spicy sauce on the side for dipping.

Sweet and sour pork with pineapple

This famous pork-based dish is popular the world over. It’s sweet and crispy but can pack a punch. Zest it up by adding pineapple for a sweet kick. The overall preparation time for this dish should take about 40 minutes, but it’s worth every second of your time! We’d recommend serving with rice to soak up that delicious sauce, but noodles ‘wok’ perfectly well too.


So there you have it, there’s no excuse for not getting your pinny on and creating some classic Chinese cuisine for your friends and family. If there are any others that you think we’ve missed off, give us a shout in the comment section below.