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3 Chinese New Year dishes you can learn to cook at home

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Chinese New Year is a time for reunions, giving thanks, and feasting. Especially in Malaysia, we love attending open houses and digging into delicious home-made dishes that are especially traditional during the New Year. So why not welcome the Year of the Monkey by surprising your loved ones with some homemade treats of your own! Here are three recipes that you can make at home that will surely wow your guests.

1. Steamed fish

Steamed Fish
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Fish is an important symbol during Chinese New Year, as the word for fish (yú or 鱼) sounds similar to the word for extra, (yú or 余), so it represents abundance. Traditionally, the whole fish is served during the reunion dinner, and it is considered good luck to keep the bones intact.

You’ll find a list of ingredients that you’ll need for a classic steamed fish dish and a link to the whole recipe at Nyonya Cooking:

Ingredients for the fish:

1 whole white fish
1 chilli (deseeded)
2 stalks of spring onion
12 pieces of ginger slices

Ingredients for the gravy:

1 tablespoon of water
2 tablespoons of soya sauce
2 tablespoons of oil
1 teaspoon of sugar
white pepper and sesame oil to season

You can order the above ingredients from Tesco Online Malaysia here.

2. Peanut cookies

Peanut cookies
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The next Chinese New Year special is peanut cookies. Who doesn’t love a good peanut cookie that melts in your mouth? Peanuts are a symbol of longevity, stability and good fortune. Naturally, this little treat is a must-have during Chinese New Year. It is a cookie that is loved by just about any Malaysian who isn’t allergic to peanuts.

The full recipe can be found at Malaysian Chinese Kitchen, and here’s a list of the ingredients that you’ll need:


300gm raw peanut, shelled
150gm rice flour
90gm powdered sugar
1 tsp salt
160ml vegetable oil
White egg wash

You can order the above ingredients from Tesco Online Malaysia here.

3. Tāngyuán

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Another Chinese New Year special is sweet glutinous rice balls, also known as Tāngyuán. These glutinous rice balls are filled with black sesame paste and served in a bowl of sharp and sweet ginger soup. This almost savoury dessert, which is also popular during the Lantern Festival, symbolises reunion and togetherness as the word Tāngyuán sounds similar to the word tuanyuan which means reunion.

The ingredients you will need for this traditional dessert are listed below, and a recipe can be found at Rasa Malaysia:

Ingredients for the rice balls:

8oz glutinous rice flour
3/4 cup water
1/4 black sesame seed
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter

Ingredients for the ginger syrup:

5 cups water
1 cup sugar
4 oz old ginger
2 pandan leaves

You can order the above ingredients from Tesco Online Malaysia here.

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Shaun Khee

Fried rice. Fried egg. Maggi mer

UBox Worldwide

Our timeline is all pictures of food today! Looks delicious!

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