8 Most HUAT Dishes To Order This Chinese New Year

The Lunar New Year is upon us again – a time of ang bao-collecting for the lucky ones, and a mad rush to get everything in order for those organising family or company gatherings.

If you’re part of the latter group, take a deep breath and calm down. We know food is a crucial part of every CNY gathering, and that it can be frustrating to put together food for every palate, from young to old.

To give you a hand, we’ve found the best dishes to order this Chinese New Year, that are both delicious and chockfull of auspicious meaning. Keep reading to find out what they are!



1. Vietnamese Red Glutinous Rice with Mung Bean

There’s no such thing as ‘too much red’ for Chinese New Year, and Vietnamese red glutinous rice, or xoi gac, from Wrap & Roll, perfectly encapsulates this spirit.

This Vietnamese Lunar New Year dish has a distinctive red hue, created by mixing the bright orange-red flesh of ripe Gac (a.k.a. baby jackfruit or cochinchin gourd) with sticky glutinous rice, coconut milk and sugar.

It doesn’t just look festive, it’s also full of amazing vitamins and antioxidants like beta-carotene and lycopene which boosts the immune system, promotes good eye health and helps make skin brighter and smoother.

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2. Bountiful Abundance

Usher in a bountiful and abundant New Year with this dish – boiled fish maw soup with chicken
and quail eggs – from Nara Thai.

This soup is sure to be a hit among elders not just for its huat name, but also because it is very nourishing. Thai-Chinese believe that the soup, with its rich ingredients, helps improve blood circulation and keeps the body warm when the weather is cool, making it a yummy symbol for good health.

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3. Golden Roasted Chicken

Roasted meat is to Chinese New Year as turkey and ham is to Christmas. No CNY dinner table is complete without a roasted meat of sorts, so why not make it the Golden Roasted Chicken from Penang Buffet Catering?

Marinated with a special sauce, roasted to golden-brown perfection and served whole (yes, complete with the chicken’s feet and head) with plum sauce, the chicken signifies family unity and a good marriage.

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4. Red Bean Jelly

Nian gao or Chinese rice cakes are a quintessential Lunar New Year dessert, as its sweetness represents a happy, sweet life while its name sounds like increasing abundance in Mandarin.

However, rice cakes can be an acquired taste. To please the masses at your family or corporate gathering, try Penang Buffet Catering’s equally springy Red Bean Jelly. It even has a touch of red from the red beans for added prosperity.

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5. Deep-fried Sea Bass

Fish is a must-have for Chinese New Year, as it represents a yearly increase and a surplus of prosperity.

This Lunar New Year, go for an oldie-but- goodie – the Deep-fried Sea Bass from Penang Buffet Catering. The fish is made the traditional way: First deep-fried before it’s topped with an umami-filled sauce, garlic, ginger, chilli padi slivers and spring onions. Yum!

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6. Treasure Pot (pen cai)

A traditional Treasure Pot, or pen cai, is quite literally Chinese New Year in a pot.

There are many renditions of this dish, but the one from Red House is filled with multiple layers of decadent Chinese delicacies, including abalone, oysters, sea cucumber, smoked duck and more, braised in a luscious sauce. Each ingredient signifies different well-wishes for the New Year, from wealth to good fortune.

If you’re looking to wow your guests, this opulent dish will not disappoint.

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7. Yam Paste with Ginkgo Nut and Pumpkin

Will there be newly-weds at your Lunar New Year gathering? If so, be sure to order yam paste with ginkgo nuts and pumpkin for dessert.

With a history dating back millions of years, ginkgo is one of the oldest plants to exist, making it a symbol of a fertility, longevity and vitality. Paired with smooth, silky and warm yam paste, there’s no better or sweeter way to end a meal.

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8. Fried Prawns with Sweet Tamarind Sauce

Ring in a year of joy with Nara Thai’s Fried Prawns with Sweet Tamarind Sauce. Prawns, in Cantonese, sounds like har, denoting happiness and laughter. Top that with a piquant and sweet tamarind sauce and you’ve got yourself a sweet year ahead.

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