We turn to the fine folks at Saveur magazine who pulled together a truly celebratory menu for the year of the snake:
Chinese New Year is a festive occasion to gather around the table with loved ones. The diverse flavors of the holiday’s traditional dishes—from sweet rice dumplings to spicy, garlicky daikon cakes—form a perfect centerpiece to a memorable meal shared with family and friends.
- A Chinese New Year feast is first and foremost about family. Sharing the meal family-style is part of the fun—if you have a lazy susan for the middle of the table, even better.
- It’s best to prepare the daikon cakes and dumplings the day before; they refrigerate well, and the extra time will ensure that the mixtures hold together.
- Long noodles symbolize longevity, so the longer the better to start out the new year. For more noodle recipes, try Everyday Fried Noodles andStir-Fried Rice Vermicelli.
- Stir-fries are ready to eat in a matter of minutes: Prep the ingredients ahead of time and cook just before serving.
- For a simple dessert, try platters of fresh fruit such as tangerines and melons, or savor a cup of Yuanyang, the sweet milk coffee-tea drink from Hong Kong.