Happy Chinese New Year!Today is Chinese new year and for the last few days I have been pottering about in the kitchen preparing for our feast!
If you too want to celebrate but think it’s too late, think again! Chinese new year (also known as the spring festival) is a 15 day festival so grab the shopping list below and get cooking! You’ve got a fortnight to eat as much fabulous Chinese food as you can!
Let me show you how...
A traditional New Year dinner is made up of mainly seafood and dumplings so I decided to make my own prawn won tons. Prawns are a delicacy and a symbol for liveliness and happiness which I thought was exactly what my housemate and I needed in the middle of exam hell! Dried oysters are also often eaten as they symbolise the good, and Fai-hai or Angel hair is eaten as it symbolises prosperity.
I also made egg fried rice (egg symbolises fertility – So watch out Mr Emmy ;)), and sesame chicken with green beans and crispy spring rolls!
To make these prawn won tons you will need a few specialist ingredients/tools – for example won ton wrappers and a bamboo steamer. But these can easily be picked up for VERY cheap at your local orientalmart! Nottingham has hundreds so I decided to go to (/ sent my friends who have finished their exams to) the big one in the city centre. For a big pack of won ton wrappers and the steamer it cost me just under £6! Bargain! I really do recommend visiting your local store if you love Chinese food everything is so much cheaper than your regular supermarket! For example I got a PETROL CAN of soy sauce for just under £3 last year. An absolutely amazing bargain considering a small bottle of Sharwoods or Blue Dragon would set you back on average £1.20
Anyway...back to Chinese New Year! (The recipe will come shortly I promise!)
You will notice my post is not in the normal colour scheme. That’s because in China red stands for luck, fortune, prosperity and longevity and is often worn at new year! Other traditions surrounding Chinese New Year include giving red envelopes full of money to young couples and children! (Better than the drunken new years kiss you get off of your hairy auntie! To any of my aunties reading this, no you’re not the hairy one!))
So to take that horrible thought off of your mind, here are the recipes for my prawn won tons and crispy spring rolls!
Steamed Prawn Won tons
Crispy Spring Rolls
Next I will show you how to make Sesame Chicken with Green Beans and Egg Fried Rice!