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Chinese New Year 2022: Recipes and Celebration Ideas

Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is considered the most important traditional holiday. Celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar, which consists of both Gregorian and Lunar-Solar calendar systems, Chinese New Year is 16 incredible days of celebrations from the 31st of January to the 15th of February. Filled with friends, family, fireworks, fantastic food, and an array of fabulous festivities, there's no shortage of fun to be had.

Which Zodiac Sign is 2022?

2022 welcomes the celebration of the Year of the Tiger. The third of all Zodiac animals, the Tiger is considered the king of all beasts in China. The Tiger's qualities include being competitive, confident, brave, and having great willpower and strength. Not sure if your Zodiac sign is the Tiger? Recent years of the Tiger are 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, and 2010.

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Party Essentials

No matter whether you're planning on hosting or attending a party this Chinese New Year, it's always best to be prepared. With everything from disposable cutlery to paper plates, napkins to tablecloths, it's never been easier to host the perfect party with help from The Range.


Kitchen Essentials

Make sure you serve in style by kitting out your kitchen with all the must-have essentials. From woks to serving bowls, roasting pans to practical utensils, making sure you've got all the right tools for the job is sure to help your next marvellous meal stand out this Chinese New Year.

chinese new year recipes

Recipe 1: Stir-Fried Beef with Oyster Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 450g lean beef stek
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine or dry Sherry
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 3 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 spring onions, finely shredded

Method:

1. Slice the beef into strips of approximately 5cm long and 5mm thick. Place into a bowl and mix in the soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine, and cornflour. Leave to marinate together for approximately 20 minutes.

2. Heat a wok on a high heat and add in the groundnut oil. Once the wok begins to smoke, add in the sliced beef and stir-fry for approximately 5 minutes or until they begin to lightly brown. Remove the beef from the wok and drain well with a colander set inside a bowl. Be sure to discard the drained oil.

3. Wipe clean the wok once cooled slightly, then return to a high heat. Add in the peppers and cook for approximately 3-4 minutes or until softened. Pour in the oyster sauce and bring to a simmer. Place the drained beef slices back into the wok and toss them thoroughly with the oyster sauce. Serve on a platter with spring onions as a garnish.
 

 

Recipe 2: Asian Greens

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 350g mixed Asian greens (pak choi, choy sum, tatsoi)

Method:

1. Whisk both the oil and oyster sauce together with 1 tbsp of water in a saucepan. Cook for approximately 2-3 minutes or until the mixture turns glossy. Set aside.

2. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add in the mixed greens then turn down to a low heat and cook for approximately 2-3 minutes or until they appear freshly wilted. Drain the excess water and plate.

3. Drizzle with the oyster sauce and serve immediately.
 

So now that you have some ideas for how to celebrate Chinese New Year, why not grab yourself an adorable tiger soft toy for a loved one. With that said, we hope you have an incredible celebration!

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