Easy CNY Recipes to Try At Home

Easy CNY Recipes to Try At Home

Red packets, sweet and savoury nibbles, mandarin oranges, delicious reunion dinner dishes – these are just some of our beloved Chinese New Year traditions! Regardless of how taxing it is to prepare for the occasion, the experience is always one that is extremely worthwhile.

Ignite the spirit of the occasion this New Year. Scroll through our list of four mouth-watering easy ideas below, and try them from the comfort of your home!

1. Har Gow 

A great favourite for young and old alike, the har gow (or chinese dumplings) is customarily enjoyed during brunch as part of a dim sum meal, but there’s no reason not to enjoy this during your reunion dinner too! With only 30 minutes of preparation time, this can easily be a family bonding activity! Simply:

  • Form a smooth dough and knead it into a ball. Leave to rest for half an hour.

  • Prepare the meat filling.

  • Knead the dough and divide into 60 pieces, each about 3-inch diameters wide.

  • Place a tablespoon of filling in the middle of each dough piece. Fold the dough over and pinch the edges to seal tightly.

  • Bring a pot of water to boil, then add the dumplings in.

  • Add half a cup of cold water and bring to boil.

  • Drain, and serve!  

2. Szechuan Shrimp

Amazing in taste with a slight dose of heat, this traditional dish from Szechuan carries an auspicious meaning in the Chinese culture. With the word ‘shrimp’ associated with ‘happiness’ and ‘laughter’ in Mandarin — due to its similar pronunciation — this dish is a must-have for every reunion dinner. Try this easy recipe that takes about 30 minutes:

  • For the sauce: whisk together vinegar, broth, soy sauce, tomato paste, cornstarch, crushed red pepper and sesame oil in a bowl and set aside.

  • Place the shrimp in a colander and rinse with cold water. Drain the shrimp and pat dry with paper towels.

  • Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat and swirl in a tablespoon of oil.

  • Add the ginger and garlic, and fry for 10 seconds. Add the rest of the oil along with the shrimp and fry until the shrimp starts changing colour.

  • Add the bell pepper and salt. Fry for 30 seconds.

  • Add the sauce in. Fry until the shrimp is cooked for 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Serve!

​3. Chinese Steamed Fish 

No Chinese New Year is complete without a plate of steamed fish! Another auspicious dish known to bring an increase in prosperity, this steamed sea bass is a heartwarming cuisine that is sure to be a hit on your dinner table! Try this 40 minutes recipe:

  • Rinse a readily gutted fish and shake off any excess water. Transfer to a heatproof plate.

  • Assemble your steaming utensils such as a heat-proof plate or wok with a metal steam rack.

  • Place the fish in the steam dish and let it steam for 9 minutes. Turn off the heat and make sure the fish is cooked through.

  • Pour all the accumulated liquid and spread some ginger, cilantro and green portions of scallion over the fish.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil and ginger in a saucepan. Once the ginger sizzles, add salt, water, white pepper and soy sauce. Heat until it simmers.

  • Add some oil and scallion. Stir until the liquid simmers.

  • Spoon the mixture over the fish and serve hot.

​4. Chocolate Fortune Cookies

Give these traditional plain cookies a twist by dipping it in chocolate! Check out this 10 minutes no-bake recipe:

  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper.

  • Place some butter and chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Allow to melt while stirring occasionally.

  • Once the mixture is smooth, remove from heat.

  • Dip the rounded ends of the cookies into the chocolate mixture and let the excess chocolate drip off.

  • Arrange the cookies on a baking sheet and place in the fridge for 10 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened.


Excited to try these easy dinner ideas for Chinese New Year? Head on to your nearest Cold Storage store for more inspirations on easy meals for the entire family!

Cheese Spread

Cheese Spread

Rich, creamy and ready to top anything is the mantra of this versatile cheese. Try biting on crunchy apple slices covered in cheese spread,coated in granola and cinnamon. You’ll send ordinary snacking packing with this perfect bite!

Sour Cream

Sour Cream

Team roasted vegetables such as beets with a dollop of sour cream or layer it on pancakes for a hint of creamy acidity.

Cod Fish Fingers

Cod Fish Fingers

Everyone loves fish fingers, especially kids! These super tasty cod fillet pieces, coated in light crisp crumbs are moist and succulent when freshly cooked.

Olive Gold Spread Margarine

Olive Gold Spread Margarine

A Mediterranean favourite, olive oil is rich in heart-friendly mono-unsaturated fats. Spread the healthy goodness of olive oil with this deliciously smooth and great value for money spread.

Whipping Cream

Whipping Cream

Be careful to keep temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit when heating whipping cream because any higher, the cream will churn into butter.

Feta Block

Feta Block

A mainstay in Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, feta is a versatile cheese that is often crumbled onto salads, sandwiches, and pies.

Feta Haloumi

Feta Haloumi

Traditionally made with sheep’s milk, this semi-hard white cheese from Cyprus can be placed over barbecues or baked, as it doesn’t melt.

Hummus Dip

Hummus Dip

This simple dip of chickpeas, vegetable oil, lemon juice and salt, has us under a spell. We say dip in with crackers or celery, spread on a sandwich, mix in with a salad, smear on some chicken fillets. There is nothing more versatile than this irresistible savoury dip!

Frozen Blueberries

Frozen Blueberries

Love popping these sweet yet sharp fruit in your mouth? Then get them frozen so you can enjoy this antioxidant-rich fruit any time of year. Add them also into your cereal, muffins, pies or pancakes for a more filling meal.