A collection of Chinese New Year recipes for the upcoming Year of the Rabbit. Each recipe includes make-ahead tips.
The Year of the Rabbit 🐰 (兔年) is fast approaching! In 2023, Chinese Lunar New Year (aka Spring Festival, 春节) falls on Sunday, January 22 and the celebration lasts at least 15 days. To help you prepare festive meals, I’ve curated a collection of scrumptious recipes for feasts on this very special occasion.
Each recipe includes detailed instructions, cooking tips and substitute ideas. Many of them come with tutorial videos. To ease the pressure on the day, I also provide make-ahead tips where possible.
An indispensable New Year dish for many Chinese families, dumplings taste wonderful when made from scratch. Check out the Ultimate Dumpling Guide or learn different aspects in detail:
- How to Make Dumpling Wrappers From Scratch
- How to Make Great Dumpling Fillings
- Ten Ways to Fold Dumplings
- Cook Dumplings in Three Ways: Boil, Pan-fry & Steam
- Six Dipping Sauce for Dumpling
🛎 Make ahead: Uncooked dumplings freeze well. Cook the usual way without defrosting.
If you’re looking for a star centre piece for you feast, try Peking duck! My recipe introduces a simplified method that doesn’t require special equipment or advanced skills.
🛎 Make ahead: Prepare the duck 1-2 days before roasting. The pancakes can be made in advance and reheated on the day.
This recipe takes your classic Chinese New Year rice cake (Nian Gao) to another level by adding extra ingredients for a more complex flavour.
🛎 Make ahead: They taste great both at room temperature and pan fried.
I hope this collection of classic recipes has inspired you and I wish you a fun time preparing for this very special festival.
🧧Happy Chinese New Year! 🐰兔年大吉!