Chinese New Year Feast, the Year of the Snake 2013

Posted: February 10, 2013 in Chinese
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mud crab

Chinese NYE is always spent with family/friends gorging on copious amounts of food to ring in the new year. Kind of what I like to think of as a Chinese version of Christmas! You have your traditional items served at dinner to symbolise good luck, good health and prosperity. On the night, you must have chicken and fish, to symbolise prosperity and long uncut noodles as a symbol of longevity/long life.

With a small gathering of four, I thought I would do a quick post of what I served up last night.

soy chicken

Firstly, we tucked into some soy chicken. Chicken should be served whole to symbolise family wholeness and completeness. I bought this soy chicken from Emperor’s Garden BBQ and I think it is one of the best Chinese BBQ places you can find.

The chicken is deliciously salty and sweet. The flesh is tender and moistened with a touch of sweet soy that seeps to the bottom which I tend to reuse for basting.

mud crab

I managed to prepare 3 kilos of mud crab with a lot of blood sweat and tears. I served it up with egg noodles and a ginger and shallot sauce.This was my first time serving it up and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised on the results, that I just have to share the recipe! Click here to take a look. I just loved how the noodles slurp up the sauce!


Lastly, I steamed a whole snapper with ginger and shallot sauce which is a very popular and traditional way of serving fish. Eating fish symbolises abundance and excess for the year (年年有餘, niánnián yǒu yú) and again must be served whole from head to tail to signify a good start and finish for the year ahead.

I wonder, if you could feast on anything for CNYE what would you feast on? Perhaps Peking duck or sucking pig? Or if you celebrate CNYE. How did you celebrate and what did you eat? 🙂

Welcome to the Year of the Snake 2013, Kung Hei Fat Choi!

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  1. Happy chinese new year lovely!! I can’t believe you cooked crab! I have always wanted to make it myself but it is at the very bottom of my ‘to try’ list because I am so scared! Please share the recipe!

  2. Tina @ bitemeshowme says:

    What a feast you had. Happy Chinese New Year Babe. May 2013 be a prosperous and healthy year for you and your loved ones. xx

  3. Good job on the crab! My fave too! Happy CNY!

  4. grabyourfork says:

    Yum mud crab with ginger and shallot sauce is one of my favourites. My family always orders double noodles too – the sauce is the best bit!

  5. OMG all looks amazing!!!
    I really love chinese food 🙂
    If you want to have a look at my blog it would be so nice 😉

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