Happy New Year… let’s eat

If your year hasn’t quite kicked off with as much momentum as you’d like, then may we suggest a do-over? Yep, it’s time to embrace the Chinese calendar and restart 2019 with Chinese New Year!

Celebrations to usher in the New Year kick off about now, a week before the 2019 Year of the Pig ticks over on 5 February. Which means there are plenty of opportunities to flex your chopsticks and shovel in as many dumplings as possible.

Sure, the enjoyment of dumplings isn’t confined to Chinese New Year, but any excuse to devour even more of those pillowy parcels is wholeheartedly welcomed by us.

This year, it’s all about the pig. The prosperous chubby jowled pig is not only a delicious animal, but also the twelfth sign in the Chinese zodiac. According to mythology, when the Jade Emperor was deciding the order of the zodiac, the pig overslept and arrived last, taking twelfth place.

But don’t worry, it’s not all sleep-ins and bacon, the pig is a sign of wealth in Chinese culture and those born in the year of the pig are said to be realistic, hardworking and enthusiastic. Well done, you.

Whether you’re a pig, dog or snake, Chinese New Year is loads of fun. The City of Sydney puts on a great Lunar New Year party every year, so check out some of the events and, if it’s been a while since you’ve ventured down to Chinatown, now is the best time to visit for a pork bun and a custard tart.

Chinese New Year also provides an excellent excuse for a dumpling dinner party at home with family and friends. But as New Year falls on a Tuesday just as school goes back, you may not feel so inclined to spend hours in the kitchen perfecting your dumpling folding technique. Don’t worry, though, because we have. All you need to worry about is dusting off that rice cooker.

Our nimble-fingered chefs have been busy crimping little squares of pastry filled with pork and ginger, chicken and water chestnut, Peking duck, chicken and shiitake, and tofu and spinach, as well as prepping other classic meals such as duck pancakes and Hainanese chicken.

For the full menu, click here. Whip out your bamboo steamers and get ready to celebrate!

From all of us here at Katering at Home, kung hei fat choi!