Celebrating Chinese New Year with the family can be such an exciting time, but (let’s face it) planning the menu—not so much. With our endless list of favorite Chinese dishes, it’s easy for us parents to feel overwhelmed in choosing what to cook as they can be quite complicated and time-consuming to make.
But don’t worry, we’ve rounded up easy Chinese-inspired recipes that take only three to four steps, ideal for home cooks who may know their way around the kitchen but aren’t exactly trained chefs. The best part? All of these recipes have been adapted to suit the Filipino palate, making them deliciously magical and enjoyable for both adults and kids!
Here are 5 Chinese-inspired recipes to bring joy and flavor to the family’s Chinese New Year spread:
Representing long life and prosperity, this stir-fried noodle dish is a must-have in any of our family gatherings. With its soft noodles to the combo of savory meat, seafood, and veggies, pancit is a favorite among Filipino families. But the secret ingredients that elevate it are MAGGI® Magic Sarap® and MAGGI® Oyster Sauce, which adds depth of flavor and richness to every mouthful.
No Filipino gathering is complete without lumpiang Shanghai! These crispy, golden spring rolls filled with ground pork and veggies are a hit with the kids and adults. The key is an irresistible salty-sweet flavor profile thanks to MAGGI® Oyster Sauce and MAGGI® Magic Sarap®, which are used to season the lumpia filling and to make the dipping sauce.
Try this light and flavorful fish dish that also makes for a healthy addition to the Chinese New Year feast. Lapu-lapu is seasoned with MAGGI® Magic Sarap® before steaming, then simmered with MAGGI® Oyster Sauce on top of aromatic herbs and spices, enhancing its flavors. The result is a dish that’s nutritious yet delicious that even our kids won’t be able to resist.
Oyster Stuffed Tofu
Looking for something new to cook? Go for this recipe that has a delightful contrast of textures and flavors. Fried tofu is stuffed with a ground pork and veggie mixture that’s been seasoned with spices and MAGGI® Magic Sarap®. Then, it’s topped with a rich, savory sauce made with MAGGI® Oyster Sauce and sesame oil. It’s a unique dish that will impress our guests and a great way to introduce our children to nutritious food like tofu.
Creamy Almond Jelly and Lychee Salad
To cap off our Chinese New Year party, we can’t forget the refreshing dessert! This delightful treat combines the creaminess of the NESTLÉ® All Purpose Cream, the fruity flavors of lychees and cherries, the silky sweetness of NESTLÉ® Carnation® Condensada, and the soft and chewy texture of almond jelly. It's a simple yet sophisticated dessert that's great for family celebrations.
With these easy yet magical recipes, we can create unforgettable moments with our loved ones during the Chinese New Year celebration. And with trusted and reliable ingredients like MAGGI® Magic Sarap®, MAGGI® Oyster Sauce, NESTLÉ® All Purpose Cream, and NESTLÉ® Carnation® Condensada, we can be confident that every dish will turn out delicious and satisfying.
Happy Chinese New Year!