4 Chef-Approved Recipes to Ring in Chinese New Year at Home

The firework festivities of New Year's Eve might feel like a lifetime ago, but for some, the biggest celebration is yet to come. January 28 marks the start of Chinese New Year and a string of celebrations to ring in the Year of the Rooster. 

"To me, Chinese New Year means family gatherings," says Kei Lum Chan, co-author of China: The Cookbook. "Family members, whether near or far away, will try to return home to celebrate together, to say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new." 

At the heart of the festivities is New Year's Eve dinner, which is "the most important meal of the year," Chan says. A typical menu varies by region, but usually includes chicken, fish, or pork in the south of China and homemade dumplings in the north. 

If you've never attempted to cook a Chinese dish before, Chan says it's easier than you might think. "No special utensils are required to make Chinese food at home," he says, noting that a frying pan or large pot makes a good substitute wok.

Ready to expand your cooking repertoire? Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with these four chef-approved dishes from China: The Cookbook.