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February 4th, 2015

Flavour of the Month – Chinese New Year

After a fairly uneventful January (respect to all those who detoxed), February offers far more excitement on the foodie calendar. From Shrove Tuesday and Valentine’s day (which I realise is not technically food-related, but I thoroughly expect to enjoy a slap up meal), through to Chinese New Year, which falls on 19th February – there are plenty of excuses to celebrate with food.

Rachel Khoo Instagram Szachuan beef tacos

I have a cracking spiced apple spring roll recipe from my Evening Standard column – a sweet twist on the usual savoury fillings, or you could try my Szechuan-style beef tacos, but in the meantime here are a few little ideas for celebrating the Year of the Goat/Sheep in style. This is your Chinese Zodiac if you were born in 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and, now, 2015. Your lucky numbers are 2 and 7, while your lucky flower is the carnation – and your lucky colours are purple, red and brown.

With red being a lucky colour for this Chinese Lunar Year, why not make up a batch of my pickled chillis to ring it in. These will keep for weeks in your fridge and can accompany everything from an omelette to some homemade steamed dumplings (there’s a great recipe in my new book, Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook which is out next week).

Rachel Khoo recipe Crispy Fish Nuggets with dipping sauce

If you are hosting a party and looking for a quick little canapé idea, try my crispy fish nuggets with a quick dipping sauce from last year’s Evening Standard column, which could also be delicious served on skewers with a pickled chilli threaded on.

Rachel Khoo last meal Paris wantan mee recipe

Image via the Guardian


If you’re after something veggie friendly, how about my ultimate Wantan Mee with sweet and sour pickles – who doesn’t love a dumpling?

Happy Chinese New Year to you all. How will you be celebrating? I’m going to be cooking up a tasty feast at home, and I might even head into China Town to watch the dragons dance!

If you’re thinking about celebrating, here are a few more ideas from around the web:

Chinese New Year cookies

Some beautiful photography of the Chinese Lantern Festival from 2012 – go one better and make your own stylish geometric lanterns

If you’re in London, why not watch this year’s Chinese New Year parade?

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  1. Thank you for my signed ‘Kitchen Notebook’.I had fun reading your French note to me at the front. I love the size and shape of the book with your art work and photos. Nic

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