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Gala Dinner on Chinese Lunar New Year’s Eve

Friday, January 20th, 2023
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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

My father in law at work in the kitchen
A table of hand-made dinner on new year’s eve

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.

Babaofan (Eight-Treasure Rice), a sweet and sticky Chinese New Year rice

Jiaozi (dumpling), a must for a new year’s eve dinner, especially in the northern China.

Jiaozi (dumpling)
A fried Mandarin fish with Soy Sauce
Fried smoked fish
Oily bean curd stuffed with meat and coupled with black fungus
Salted duck slices with soy sauces
Salted pig tripe
Chinese green vegetable with mushrooom and bamboo shoots
Stir-fried celery with lilies and ginkgo nuts
Dessert with ingredients including lotus seeds, dried longan

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Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Beijing
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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

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
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Chinese Lunar New Year Dinner Menu

Thursday, January 19th, 2023
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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

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:

Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Great Wall Tour
Beijing City Tour
Beijing Winter Tour
Beijing Autumn Tour
Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Tours
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Beijing
How to plan a trip to Beijing

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

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Walking Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Gui Jie ( Ghost Street) Food Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

A Must-taste Old Beijing Yogurt

Thursday, April 7th, 2022
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While planning your Beijing tour,  you definitely would consider having a bite of local flavors in Beijing like Peking duck, old Beijing snacks and the list could be much longer. One popular local specialty is so-called Old Beijing Yogurt which gets its name due to its unique way of yogurt making with a long history.

Old Beijing Yogurt has three kinds of taste – original, low fat and honey.  It has a cute ceramic yogurt  bottle like a fat baby. Now Old Beijing Yogurt is everywhere and mostly sold at streetfront stores. People can eat Old Beijing Yogurt at a normal temperature, or a little bit refrigerated or warmed in winter.

At present Old Beijing Yogurt is sold at the price of RMB 5. But in some tourist area, Old Beijing Yogurt  could be sold at the exorbitant  price of RMB 10

After finishing your yogurt with a straw poking through the paper cover,  you  are requested to return the cute ceramic container.

The side view of Old Beijing Yoyurt

The side view of Old Beijing Yoyurt
The side view of Old Beijing Yoyurt

Old Beijing Yogurt seen from the top

Old Beijing Yogurt seen from the top
Old Beijing Yogurt seen from the top

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:

Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Beijing Winter Tour
Beijing Autumn Tour
Great Wall Tour
Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Tours
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Beijing
How to plan a trip to Beijing

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

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Walking Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Gui Jie ( Ghost Street) Food Street

Any questions, just drop a line.