Chinese New Year

5th February 2021

Chinese New Year at No3.

Chinese New Year is an important date for Chinese people around the world. On Friday the 12th of February, festivities will be in full swing. “Tied to the Chinese lunar calendar, the holiday was traditionally a time to honour household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors. It was also a time to bring family together for feasting,” says History.com. If you’re looking to participate in the event, our head chef has a few tips for cooking authentic Chinese food:

• Remember to balance your flavours. Chinese cuisine is all about balancing sweet, savoury and sour into a perfect harmony.

• Keep it punchy. It’s okay if some of the flavours are quite strong. You’ll add more bland bases for balance later.

• Be light handed with the oil. Chinese food is about clean tastes. Don’t overdo it.

• Buy a good wok. This a foundation of Chinese cooking and it’s important to get a good, hefty pan.

• Don’t be afraid of sauces. Hoisin, soy and sweet & sour; they’re important to complement the many flavours.

• Use cooked long-grain rice as the base for a perfect egg fried rice. Make sure it’s cold before you start to fry it for better results.

Now for our ultimate sweet and sour sauce for you to serve with your Chinese New Year dishes:

Ingredients

500ml tomato juice

300g demerara sugar

30g salt

200ml orange juice

20ml soy sauce

20g cornflour

80ml water

Method

Add the sugar, tomato juice, orange juice, soy and salt to a pan and simmer on a gentle heat until bubbling.

Mix the corn flour and water together and pour into the mix and whisk until combined with no lumps.

Simmer until syrup consistency and serve warm or chilled with your Chinese mains.

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