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Simple CNY Dishes & Cookies You Can Make To Brighten Up The Occasion

by Mazel Mok. |

With the recent escalating COVID-19 cases with spikes, there is no doubt that implementations of travelling interstate and social gatherings will occur during the upcoming Chinese New Year holidays. All of a sudden, we are forced to stay at home during this festive occasion. Even though there will be a slight change compared to usual, perhaps this is what we need to curb the situation in this new measure.

However, let's not get disheartened. There is still so much more for us to do in this meantime! We can celebrate in the comfort of our homes with nothing better than homemade treats.

Below are some simple CNY dishes and cookies you can make to brighten up the occasion!

1. Fried Nian Gao Sandwiches with Taro & Sweet Potato

Source: Huang Kitchen

This must-have sweet glutinous rice cake is available once a year only for this festive occasion as it symbolises prosperity and good luck. This time around, let's try out this unique pairing -- rice cake with taro and sweet potato!

If you're looking for snacks to eat for everyone during Chinese New Year, this would be perfect for anyone's tastebuds as the taro and sweet potato kind of balances out the sweetness of the rice cake.

This go-to snack only takes around 40 minutes to prepare. Slice, dip, fry. Easy, right?

Once done preparing, it is time to chill with your family or even enjoy it while tuning in festive movies in front of the TV!

You can get the recipe here.

2. Chinese Stir-Fry Beef With Three Vegetables

Source: The Spruce Eats

This quick and easy recipe is a must-have especially for cooking beginners! It doesn’t require any complicated cooking step — all you have to do is make sure the beef is well-marinated and just throw in the remaining vegetables into the wok for the stir-frying process!

Extra note: the number three actually symbolises prosperity! Therefore, having this dish on our dining table during Chinese New Year is considered lucky.

Another great tip for you if you do not have ample time for the marinating process, you can opt for a trip to your nearby grocer and purchase their readily-marinated beef ;)

For more ideas on preparing this dish, view here.

3. Shrimp Toast (Mian Bao Xia/Menbosha)

Source: @rang._.house

If you have been watching Korean variety shows, this Korean-Chinese version shrimp toast definitely is not foreign to you! It has been pretty famous in Korea as a light snack option for everyone.

This will be a perfect fit if you're looking for an appetizer for everyone to enjoy during Chinese New Year. Easy preparation as well -- oil-fried or even air-fried! There's a tip for you -- dip it in ketchup garlic sauce for a tangy taste or a scallion yoghurt sauce that is so refreshing from the greasiness!

Another good thing about this dish is that It takes less than 30 minutes of preparation and voila! Crispy on the outside, moist on the inside.

You can get the recipe here.

4. Honey Cornflakes Cookies

Source: noobcook

These honey cornflakes cookies turn out to be a great choice if you're looking for something you can whip up within 20 minutes!

What? Only 3 ingredients needed? All you have to do is melt the butter and honey, and pour it evenly on the golden cornflakes. (optional: maybe some colourful sprinkles on top too!)

Let's face it -- this is probably the most simple cookie recipe in this article ;)

However, an oven is needed in order to prepare this cookie. You can always pop these into your mouth whenever you feel like snacking because it's just so convenient!

To get this recipe, you can view it here.

5. Peanut Cookie

Source: Rasa Malaysia

Ah, these nostalgic peanut cookies.

These peanut cookies are mainly made of peanuts, oil and sugar with some flour. Therefore, it literally melts in your mouth once you indulge it in, yum! I would say it is perfect to pair it with a cup of tea to balance out the 'greasiness'.

It is indeed a guilty pleasure for most of us, so we have to take in a lot of water intake to ease out the 'yeet hay' (translates to heaty-ness)! (Yeah, listen to your mom okay?)

You can get the recipe here!

6. Longevity Noodles

Source: Washington Post

Last but not least, as mentioned in the name of this dish, longevity noodles basically means ‘long-life noodles’ for whoever is eating them. Hence, it is commonly served during birthdays and Chinese New Year.

This type of noodles has a nice, chewy and irresistible texture to it. I would say the noodles make a perfect fit for this dish as it can soak up the sauce pretty well. But fret not, the noodles would not become soggy!

You can have this dish served during the reunion dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve — wishing everyone a long life.

Tip: If you have trouble finding this type of noodle, feel free to use other types of noodles such as Meesua! (which is easily accessible in Malaysia)

Get your hands on this recipe here.

This year's Chinese New Year might be a little unusual for us, but let's make the most out of it by making some homemade dishes and cookies to continue re-living the tradition for our family and take the chance to appreciate them.

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