Chinese Lunar New Year Dinner Menu

In China, younger generations seldom cook at home. Old people still stick to the tradition of home cooking. Cooking and eating at home generate more family affection. But, speaking of the abundant Chinese Lunar New Year gala dinner, many families tend to give up preparing it at home due to the tedious work needed to be done to plan this family reunion dinner.

Many families rather choose to eat out at a Chinese restaurant for the Chinese lunar new year’ dinner than make it at home. For dining out during the lunar new year eve, very often people have to reserve the tables one year in advance due to high demand. When finishing this year’s new year eve dinner, then people would book the next year’s one immediately.

Like some other stubborn old people, my father hates eating out. He prefers to have the Chinese lunar new year eve’s dinner at home. He also likes cooking, and very good at it.

In the past week, my father in law has been busy preparing for the new year eve dinner. Every time I ask him whether he is tired, he would say he is not tired because it is a family reunion diner and he feels happy about it.

At 5:00pm, we start to have the important Chinese new year dinner ( 2011). There are over 10 courses on our new year eve dinner menu. If you are interested in our Chinese New Year’s Dinner recipes, please check below the pictures and I would introduce to you the menu one by one:

My father in law has made all the new year food. Now he is deep frying the spring rolls.
A table of new year eve’ dinner for four of us.
Spiced eggs are always my favorites
Fried Spring Rolls are also musts on our new year menu
Fried salted shrimps
Fried Mandarin fish
Stewed Spring Chicken
Salted pig bags and spiced pig tongues
Pork cooked in sauce with bamboo roots
Sea cucumber with mushroom and hot pepper
Bamboo roots and saltds shrimps with salted vegetable
Snow pea with black fungus
Lunar New Year Rice Cake
White fungus and dates
Ice pudding (steamed glutinous rice with bean paste, lotus seeds, preserved fruits…
Last, but most important Jiaozi just coming from the pot.
All the new year food coming from this simple and clean kitchen

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