For most Chinese people, the dinner on Chinese new year’s eve is the most important one in a year, which is nicknamed “Family Reunion Dinner”. People either eat at home or dine out for a family reunion dinner.
Home made a new year eve’s dinner generates more affection while booking a table at a restaurant keeps you from heavy workload for cooking new year eve’s dinner at home. There are pros and cons to the two ways to spend a new year eve dinner.
Each year my father in law insists in making the special lunar new year eve’s dinner at home instead of reserving a space at a restaurant. Usually it takes over one week’s time to prepare for the dinner, buying, cleaning, cooking, etc.
This year’s Chinese new year eve’s dinner falls on Jan 21, 2023. I just show you some of the lunar new year gala dishes prepared by my father in law in 2012.
My father in law at work in the kitchen
Babaofan (Eight-Treasure Rice), a sweet and sticky Chinese New Year rice with ingredients including sweet beans, dates, ,almonds, peanuts, melon seeds, raisins, dried apricots, walnuts, crystallized fruits, any other available dried fruits and nuts, like Ice pudding in the west.
Jiaozi (dumpling), a must for a new year’s eve dinner, especially in the northern China.
Tip: Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for Beijing guided tours:
Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites
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