Ken Hom shares his ideas for Chinese New Year and celebrating the year of the horse

 | By  |  Add comment

Master chef, Ken Hom, gives us an insider's guide to celebrating Chinese New Year with lots and lots of food.

Ken Hom
Pro Chinese chef and all-round hosting master, Ken Hom, has been filling us in on the traditional customs and traditions of Chinese New Year.

For starters, if you're planning a massive Chinese feast to celebrate, Hom suggests that you include these symbolic ingredients:

  • Chicken for fortune

  • Fish for prosperity

  • Noodles for longevity (never cut noodles)

  • Duck is a symbol of fidelity

  • Vegetables represent cleansing of the system

  • Wontons represent gold ingots (wealth)

  • Seaweed for wealth

But it's not all about food. Ken Hom also explains, that it is a traditional festival in the Chinese calendar, and there are plenty of superstitions to take note of...

Chinese New Year traditions and superstitions



  • Firecrackers send out the old year and bring in the new.

  • Open windows and doors at midnight (to allow the old year to depart) are crucial.

  • On the eve of Chinese New Year, all cleaning equipment should be put away as it's feared sweeping or dusting will sweep out good fortune.

  • All debts have to be paid by this time. Nothing should be lent on this day, as anyone who does so will be lending all the year.

  • If you cry on New Year's Day, you will cry all through the year. Therefore, children are tolerated and are not spanked, even when they're naughty.

  • On New Year's Day, hair washing risks removing good luck for the year ahead.

  • A home is thought to be lucky if a plant blooms on New Year's Day, as this foretells the start of a prosperous year.

  • It is considered unlucky to greet anyone in their bedroom so that is why everyone, even the sick, should get dressed and sit in the living room.

  • Do not use knives or scissors as this may cut off fortune.

For tips and recipes on hosting your own Chinese New Year celebration visit Kenhom.co.uk

CHINESE RECIPE: CLASSIC EGG FRIED RICE RECIPE

LOOK TO THE EAST FOR YOUR NEW YEAR
DETOX


MORE RECIPE IDEAS
Leave your comments below
0 comments

Loading...

Latest in Evening Bag

You might like

You'll like these too

daily news