Easy Chinese Recipes to Celebrate the Lunar New Year!

chili oil noodles in a black bowl with a fried egg

The Chinese New Year is a great excuse to bone up on your Chinese cooking skills. Below I’ve got authentic, semi-authentic, ‘inspired by’ and downright Americanized Chinese recipes, but what they all have in common is a passionate love of everything stir fried, chili-sauced, slurp-able, or grab-able by a pair of chopsticks.

Chinese and Chinese inspired recipes for the Lunar New Year

Say the words garlic, ginger, scallions, and chili and my mouth will start watering. The four cornerstones of Chinese cuisine are well represented here, and if you’re anything like me you can close your eyes and point to any one of these recipes and be very happy!

Here’s Wishing you happiness, prosperity, and good eats in 2022!

Quick Chili Oil Noodles

This has literally become my go-to dinner for months now…I never get tired of those noodles, the bright chili oil, and that runny egg!

chili oil noodles topped with a fried egg

Homemade Chili Oil

I couldn’t leave you without a fabulous recipe for your very own authentic Chinese chili oil. This stuff is GOLD!

red chili oil in a patterned bowl

Easy Chinese Scallion Pancakes (Congyoubing)

These easy Chinese scallion pancakes, or congyoubing, are flaky, chewy, and make a fabulous appetizer or light meal. Don’t forget the perfect 4-ingredient dipping sauce.

Chinese pancakes

Dan Dan Noodles ~ Easy Weeknight Recipe

Once you try them it’s impossible not to dream about them every single day. It’s the chili oil, it’s the caramelized pork, and those slippery noodles.

Dan dan noodle bowl with baby bok choy and peanuts

Easy Vegetable Chow Mein

Wok tossed noodles with the perfect sauce, and lots of cabbage, celery, and onion make this Asian style comfort food of the highest order.

Chow mein in a wok with bowl

Weeknight Mapo Tofu

Málà, Sichuan’s most iconic flavor is a heady combination of spicy chilis and numbing peppercorns. “The Sichuan pepper will make your lips tingle pleasantly, and the tender bean curd will slip down your throat. It’s rich and warming, a perfect winter dish.” ~ Fuchsia Dunlop/Land of plenty : a treasury of authentic Sichuan cooking.

A bowl of mapo tofu with fork

Weeknight Egg Roll Bowls

I should have called this ‘better than egg roll bowls‘ because they are truly so much better than any egg roll you are every likely to eat. It’s not clear whether egg rolls were a Chinese American invention of the 1930s, or part of an older Cantonese tradition, but one thing is for sure: modern egg rolls are pretty much a universal disappointment. These easy weeknight dinner bowls improve on the situation considerably.

egg roll bowl with crispy wontons and fork

Spicy Tangerine Chicken with Black Rice

This will be a revelation if you’re used to Panda’s or TJ’s orange chicken. While Americanized orange chicken is an overly sweet dish created for Western tastes, tangerine chicken calls on traditional Chinese spices and tangerine peel for a sophisticated dish.

tangerine chicken in a black bowl with chopsticks

How to Make the Best Chinese Chicken Salad

Decidedly not authentic, this is nevertheless one of my favorite salads of all time.

Healthy Chinese Chicken Salad is a colorful, vibrant, main course salad that is restaurant quality! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Pork Dumplings with Ginger

The Chinese celebrate just about everything with dumplings. One bite and you’ll see why.

Cooking Japanese Pork Dumplings with ginger and green onion

Asian Slaw

The Chinese have not traditionally eaten raw vegetables, but salads have taken hold in recent years, especially in urban centers, and fresh salads like this are popping up on menus all over China.

Tossing a colorful Asian Slaw salad with tongs


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    February 1, 2022 at 8:28 am

    Once again you got me drooling and excited about making great food.
    Gung Hay Fat Choy to you!

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