Chinese New Year Food?
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Harriet from Fountain Valley, California, who asked:

Harriet writes: “Our group wants to do something very different this year and need ideas for Chinese New Year food. We know nothing about it but we are learning. There will be between 20 and 30 people involved, some are good cooks. But nothing too complicated please, and maybe something for people who don’t like Chinese food. Thank you.”

Ask-a-Caterer Replies: Hello Harriet - We may not have a Chinese base in our company, but like you, we can learn - and we have some ideas that will help you:

Check out our Extended List of Appetizer Recipes on the site. These recipes will get you going in the right direction, with lots of links for help with the larger quantities.

General Tso Chicken - was adapted for the American experience, but certainly has lots of flavor and festivity for the day.

Sweet and Sour Chicken gives you a launching pad for several other dishes. Substitute or add pork and a variety of over-the-counter sauces to enhance this basic dish.

Here are 60+ Appetizer Recipes that are easy to make ahead.

Teriyaki Chicken - will work well for members of your group who want something more recognizable. Again, there are many ways to go with this dish - and as it stands, it’s very good.

No matter what hot foods you serve, you might just want to use a Warmer or two to keep your hot foods hot. You can also have them set up to keep cold foods cold. Read all about how they work and where to get them.

Rice Pilaf - Rice is central to the Chinese culture and the Chinese New Years Food. Our Rice Pilaf is baked with vegetables. Chinese rice can be steamed, fried, and is served in hundreds of different ways. Use our Pilaf as a guide for quantities and something much more familiar to western tastes.

There is much more to know, with many resources to give information. This should get you started. “GONG XI FA CHOY!”

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