Top 5 Chinese New Year Food To Eat In 2021

Chinese New Year is expected to fall on Friday, 12th of February this year. However, preparations for the festival have started for most people. Our neighbours for instance have started their annual spring cleaning activities. Shopping malls on the other hand have soaked up the atmosphere with their Chinese New Year decorations, festive songs, and storewide sales.

Big Question: Do we celebrate Chinese New Year?

Although K is Chinese, he doesn’t celebrate Chinese New Year and the reason is simply because his family doesn’t celebrate it too. Having said that, we do have family and friends celebrating it and they would always give us delicious food and thoughtful gifts during the festive season.

Not familiar with the food? We’ve got some good news for you. Here’s our list of 5 Chinese New Year food you ought to try in 2021. Let’s begin our list!

1. The New Year Cake 年糕 Kuih Bakul

Made of glutinous rice flour, this traditional rice cake can be taken sweet or savoury. The new year cake can be found easily in most supermarkets, but if you’re game enough to make your own, you can try these recipes from the Asian Food Network – Nian Gao and What To Cook Today – Easy Nian Gao Recipe (Tikoy / Fa Gao / Kue Bakul).

2. Dumplings 饺子

Dumplings are pieces of dough filled with all sorts of delicious fillings. Traditionally, the people at K’s hometown in the Northwestern part of China prefer to have it boiled and they eat it by dipping the dumplings in chili oil and black vinegar. Laotai Arui did a video on it and you can view it here – Dumplings Halal Recipe | Muslim Chinese Food | Best Chinese Halal Food |饺子

3. Tangyuan 汤圆

These addictive sticky rice balls are made with glutinous rice flour. Often served in a sweet soup, the fillings vary from peanut to red bean. Tangyuan are chewy in texture and you can easily make these at home using store-bought tangyuan. To make your own from scratch, follow this Tang Yuan Chinese Glutinous Rice Balls 汤圆 recipe shared by the Red House Spice.

4. Yee Sang 魚生

Essentially a salad, most restaurants would offer this during the Chinese New Year period. But with movement restrictions, you could purchase ready-made yee sang from restaurants and supermarkets. All you have to do is assemble the ingredients, pour the sauce, and dig in!

5. Tangerines & Oranges

You can’t really end the list without mentioning the fruits that are synonymous to the festival. It’s fair to say that Chinese New Year is the only festival where you’ll see people buying, eating and gifting boxes of these fruits. In fact, we can’t think of any time of the year where we can find ourselves eating and receiving this many tangerines and oranges.

There are definitely more good food that people usually eat during Chinese New Year and we’d be sharing those in future posts, insha’Allah. In the meantime, you can refer to last years’ post – Top 3 Snacks You Should Try For Chinese New Year.

Are you celebrating Chinese New Year this year? Let us know in the comments section!

6 thoughts on “Top 5 Chinese New Year Food To Eat In 2021

  1. Hi, I do believe this is an excellent blog. I stumbledupon it 😉 I’m going to return yet again since i have book-marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide other people.

    Like

  2. An intriguing discussion is definitely worth comment. I do think that you ought to write more about this issue, it may not be a taboo subject but typically people do not speak about these issues. To the next! Kind regards!!

    Like

  3. I was extremely pleased to find this site. I wanted to thank you for ones time for this particularly fantastic read!! I definitely savored every little bit of it and i also have you saved as a favorite to check out new things on your site.

    Like

Leave a Reply to Hajar Alwi Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.