6 ideas for your Chinese New Year feast

Welcome the Year of the Rooster with these classics

As we welcome the Year of the Rooster on 28 January, let’s plan a Chinese New Year banquet. In Chinese communities worldwide, family feasting has fish as a centrepiece (promising prosperity). Spring rolls and dumplings (wealth), noodles (happiness and longevity), sweet rice balls (family togetherness) and oranges, tangerines and pomelo (fullness and wealth) are some other foods enjoyed on this auspicious occasion – kung hei fat choi!

Mushroom and spinach dumpling soup would kick your feast off nicely. Mushrooms are a Chinese staple and this soup won’t disappoint: the whole thing takes just 35 minutes.

Steak and vegetable stir-fry is the ideal Chinese New Year dish: easily doubled for eight, it’s quick and easy to prepare, leaving you with plenty of time to socialise.

Stir-fried scallops with Shanghai noodles brings luxury to the table: sweet scallops are served on a bed of noodles with a sauce made from soy, chilli and sesame for authentic Chinese flavour.

Szechuan-style deep-fried fish will ensure prosperity for the coming year – and easy delicious eating for those round the table. Simply add steamed rice…

Loved by everybody, dim sum are a Chinese classic. And they’re surprisingly easy to make: steamed vegetable dumplings will go down a storm at any gathering.

Fussy eaters in the family? Packed with tasty ingredients, char siu beef with broccoli is exactly the kind of dish children will love – not too spicy but with enough flavour to keep their attention.