It’s the Year Of The Dog! Whether you’re attending a Chinese New Year’s Bash or hosting your own at home, it’s time to welcome in the new year with some amazing food. Not sure what to bring to the table? No worries, we’ve got you covered. We found 15 amazing recipes on the Food Monster App that you can bring to the party. Happy New Year!
1. 10- Minute Seitan ‘Beef’ and Broccoli
This 10- Minute Seitan ‘Beef’ and Broccoli is a quick, easy version of the classic and delicious Chinese dish. The slightly spicy and sweet sauce coats the tender broccoli and the sautéed seitan. The whole thing is topped with fresh green onions and sesame seeds.
2. Baked Rice Paper Spring Rolls
Rice paper makes these Spring Rolls easy to make. The combination of cabbage, carrots, enoki mushrooms and bean sprouts makes a delicious filling that will remind you of Chinese take-out, just healthier. Gluten-free and vegan. This is a great party food!
3. Chinese Scallion Crêpes
Of all the Chinese crêpes, Cong You Bing is the most common. Thinly-sliced scallions are folded into the batter, then the crêpes are fried until slightly browned and bubbly. It is an extremely popular Chinese recipe that can be served as a side or a simple a snack accompanying a bowl of soup. Simple but effective.
4. Baked Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts Spring Rolls
These Baked Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts Spring Rolls are the ultimate party pleaser. This easy recipe is a twist on the traditional Chinese recipe staple. Yes, the added ginger has a strong flavor that compliments the Brussels sprouts dull flavor and tones down the sweetness of sweet potatoes. Together, all three are the perfect company!
5. Egg’ Rolls With Homemade Duck Sauce
Are you ready for something even better than takeout? These ‘Egg’ Rolls With Homemade Duck Sauce are made using spring roll wrappers and are filled with wood ear mushrooms, baby bok choy, Napa cabbage, carrots, and water chestnuts. These rolls are great when dipped in this homemade, vegan duck sauce.
6. Chinese Eggplant With Garlic Sauce
Chinese Eggplant With Garlic Sauce is a dish prepared with pan-fried eggplants slowly cooked with a garlic and soy sauce mixture. It’s a great dish on its own or you can serve it as a side dish with “meaty” dishes. If you’re a fan of garlic, you’re in for a treat.<
7. Mushroom and Potato Dumplings
These Mushroom and Potato Dumplings are a must-make for any dumpling lover! Meaty Shiitake mushrooms and filling potatoes make up the bulk of the filling for these tasty dumplings. A small handful of cabbage adds texture, while garlic and green onion provide a flavor that stands out. Serve these as a snack or appetizer with a small cup your favorite dipping sauce. Obviously, these are awesome to bring to a party.
8. Yeasted Scallion Pancakes With Spicy Ginger Sauce
Whoever says that giving up gluten means giving up springy, chewy textures in breads clearly hasn’t seen this recipe for Yeasted Scallion Pancakes With Spicy Ginger Sauce! Psyllium husk is the magic ingredient here, and it gives this gluten-free flour dough an elastic quality that is exactly like a traditional yeast dough. You’ll have to try it to believe it! When these pancakes are freshly fried up and dipped in ginger sauce, your taste buds will be doing backflips out of pure happiness.
9. Chinese Cold Sesame Noodles
These Chinese Cold Sesame Noodles are oh so delicious. The main ingredient in this dish is Chinese style sesame paste which is very different from Middle Eastern tahini. This is made with roasted sesame seeds. The recipe is very simple with a no-cook sauce. All the ingredients are mixed into a sauce and then tossed with the cooked noodles. You can add more vegetables if you like.
10. Fried or Steamed Veggie Dumplings
Whether you call them dim sum, dumplings or pot stickers, these delectable Fried or Steamed Veggie Dumplings are hard to resist, and that’s okay because they’re delicious. They can be prepared either steamed or fried, but since this type of decisions can be tough, I suggest making these vegan dumplings both ways. The sautéed mushrooms give the filling a hearty texture, while the cilantro and bell peppers add a fresh crunch. The fried dumplings, or pot stickers, are golden and crispy, while the steamed ones have a light and slightly chewy texture. Pick your choice! A simple sweet and spicy spice sauce is the perfect partner for these savory snacks.
11. Hearts of Palm ‘Crab’ Rangoon
A delightfully crisp, puffy dumpling made with a vegan crab and cheese mixture — except, it tastes better than the real thing! A salty, fried treat that makes a perfect bite-sized appetizer or addition to a meal, these Hearts of Palm ‘Crab’ Rangoon are awesome.
12. Tapioca Pie: Hong Kong Taro Pie Copycat
This Tapioca Pie is a nice rich cassava (tapioca) and flaky crust that come together into a great delicious hand pie for on-the-go enjoyment. Ready to satisfy any sweet tooth, these are a sweet way to ring in the New Year.
13. Teriyaki Mushroom Bao
These mouthwatering Teriyaki Mushroom Bao are stuffed with a savory mixture of mushrooms, kale, red onions, and celery that is wrapped in the pillowy soft dough. Then, this epic meal is served with quick pickles and a homemade vinegar sauce. The best part of this dish (besides the taste) is that it’s affordable; all of this can be made for around 10 dollars.
14. Chinese 5-Spice Doughnuts
These savory Chinese 5-Spice Doughnuts are an extremely popular Cantonese street food. They dough is light and crispy and the bean past provides a subtle sweetness to round out the flavor palate. You’ll be hard pressed to stop yourself from eating every single one; don’t forget to share!
15. Dou Sha Bao: Chinese Red Bean Paste Buns
Red bean paste is a sweet staple of many traditional Chinese desserts and pastries. One of the top desserts in China are Red Bean Paste Buns just like these. Made from incredibly healthy Adzuki beans, the paste is nutrient rich and full of antioxidants, so not only are these Chinese Red Bean Paste Buns delicious, they’re healthy too!
For more ideas for you Chinese New Year Menu, check out how to celebrate your Chinese New Year Vegan Style! All of these recipes and more can be found on the ever-growing Food Monster App. The app is an incredibly awesome tool to find all kinds of dishes from all over the world, you never know what you’re going to find! With over 10,000 recipes, it’s available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. Full of allergy-friendly recipes, subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
Lead image source: Chinese Cold Sesame Noodles