CHINESE NEW YEARPosted 26 January 2018 by The Saucy Fish Co.
Dust off your finest red gear... peel a juicy tangerine… and, wait – what’s that bang! Those firecrackers make us jump out of our skin. It can only mean one thing – the Year of the Dog is here!
Now that Christmas is a dim and distant memory, and January’s health-kick has faded, it is fabulous with a capital FAB to have an excuse for a glitzy celebration. Anyone who’s had the good fortune to experience a Chinese New Year shindig will know what a hoot it is. So whether you have Chinese friends, family or just want to help the UK’s 20,000 Chinese citizens see in the New Year - here’s all you need to know.
Chinese New Year is celebrated on the Lunar New Year, between the 21st January an 20th February. This year, that lucky day is 16th February, and the festivities actually run for 15 consecutive days! It’s a time for families to get together, share lots of food and set the pace for the new year.
But not just any food...
Tucking into certain dishes is set to bring luck for the coming year – with many foods symbolising the hopes for the year ahead. These vary, but often include...
○ Noodles for happiness and a long life
○ Dumplings and spring rolls for wealth
○ Tangyuan (sweet rice balls) for bringing the family together
○ Niangao (glutinous rice cake) for increased status
○ Tangerines and oranges for fullness and wealth
○ And unsurprisingly, our favourite… fish for greater prosperity! (Bit of trivia - the tradition of eating fish stems from the Chinese word for ‘surplus’ sounding similar to the word for fish.)
So we wish you a very lucky Year of the Dog. Why not invite your nearest and dearest round, for a feast worth celebrating?
Salmon with Sweet and Sour Vegetables – serves 4
○ The Saucy Fish Co. Salmon with Chilli, Lime & Ginger
○ 1 tbsp fresh ginger – shredded
○ 1 red chilli, without seeds
○ 1 carrot – sliced
○ 3 spring onions
○ 4 tbsp soy sauce
○ 3 tbsp oyster sauce
○ 4 tbsp vinegar
○ 1 tbsp sesame oil
1. Switch your oven to 180°C, and preheat
2. When heated up, whizz your Saucy into the oven, 1 fillet per person (or 2 – we won’t judge)
3. Your veg will only take 10-15 minutes, so relax for a mo...
4. Heat a wok, then add a little bit of oil, ginger, chilli, veggies and cook for 2 minutes while stirring
5. Add soy, oyster sauce, sugar, vinegar to the wok and bring to a boil
6. Serve alongside your fish, as a big centrepiece – ready for everyone to tuck in.