Certain foods are eaten for Chinese new year that are believed to bring wealth, luck and prosperity in the coming year.
According to the Chinese astrology, we are about to enter the Year of the Pig. The pig is the final symbol in the twelve-year Chinese zodiac cycle. People born in a year governed by this animal’s sign are generally said to enjoy life, love entertaining and, of course, delight in eating!
So celebrate the Year of the Pig with these sumptuous dishes full of Asian flavours and the decadent crunch of macadamias.
Szechuan peppercorns (zanthoxylum piperitum) are from a different plant to traditional black pepper (piper nigrum). As a result their flavour profile is unique. It is lingering and citrusy with lavender overtones and a fizzy aftertaste. This makes it an especially celebratory ingredient for Chinese new year. In this Szechuan Chicken with Macadamia Topping recipe, the peppery taste complements the crunch of macadamias.
Tradition has it that the higher you are able to toss the ingredients in this lucky, sharable salad, the more luck you with have in the coming year. The macadamias are finely crushed and add a butteriness to the other delicate flavours in this delicious and traditional salad.
Dumplings are delicious at any time of year, but you can stuff them extra full for this important celebration. The macadamias add a hearty crunch to these potsticker dumplings that take their name from the way they stick to the side of the pot as you cook them, resulting in a golden and crispy finish.
You will impress guests with this clay pot chicken recipe. But don’t forget to soak the pot for 24 hours before you begin! As it steams on a bed of rice the lightly flavoured chicken cooks in a zesty marinade and is then topped with crunchy nuts.
After all the celebrations of Chinese new year, sometimes a simple salad is in order. Perfect for when all your decadent dining is done, the macadamia nuts in this salad give a buttery richness to the otherwise simple ingredients.
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