25 Delicious Recipes for Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year)
Celebrate the Lunar New Year 2023, year of the rabbit, with some of my most favourite recipes from all across Asia. From amazing Chinese chicken to tangy Korean tofu, spicy Thai beef and Fragrant Lao Curry and more. We’ll have you hopping into 2023 in style.
Lunar new year is our favourite time of year at Cook Eat World. We get to celebrate all our favourite Asian recipes. This year we’re celebrating all month long with tasty treats to make at home. It’s the year of the rabbit in 2023, and we have so many dishes that will bring in the new year in style. From delicious rice bowls to creamy curries and so much more, 25 delicious Asian treats that you’ll want to cook all year long.
What is Lunar New Year?
The Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year or Spring Festival) is a celebration of the new Lunar Year based on the ancient Lunisolar calendar from China. China originated the celebration, so it’s often simply referred to as Chinese New Year, but many Asian countries follow the same celebration—namely: Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, India, Philippines and more.
Each country has its own celebratory style and traditions, but all follow the same date which falls between January 21 – February 20. This year, Lunar New Year will fall on January 22 and will be the year of the rabbit!
The year of the rabbit
The lunar zodiac is split into 12 animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. 2023 is the year of the rabbit. Those born in the year of the rabbit are said to acquire confidence, good reasoning skills, kindness, attention to detail, make great scholars and are good socialisers. Find out what Chinese Animal you are from the year you were born.
Good and bad luck foods for Lunar New Year.
All across Asia, special dishes are gifted to bring good luck. Citrus fruits like kumquats and tangerines and considered good luck. Lucky foods are eaten and celebrated such as fish, longevity noodles, new year rice cakes, dumplings, sweet rice balls, spring rolls and more. And interestingly there are many traditions of what NOT to eat for Chinese New Year like congee, lobster and even chicken (although I’ve heard conflicting reports on that one). One thing for sure is that you’ll be set for the feast of the year, designed to bring luck, wealth and good health. How will YOU celebrate the year of the rabbit? Here are my 25 favourite recipes to help you decide…
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