Chinese Recipes to Celebrate Chinese New Year

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By In The Playroom

Chinese New Year (or the Lunar New Year) is coming up in February and I’m excited to be taking part in the MKB Chinese New Year series with some other great bloggers from Multicultural Kid Bloggers.

I’ll be sharing some fun Chinese Foods to help you celebrate Chinese New Year. Food is always one of the most fun parts of a celebration!

Recipes for Chinese New Year food, cookies and treats

Chinese New Year Recipes

Nian Gao (粘糕) – This is a famous sticky rice cake made for Chinese New Year. You can see this at ET Speaks from Home, and lots of other Chinese recipes and crafts too. You can also find a story book about this sticky rice cake over at Kid World Citizen


Matcha Shortbread Cookies (抹茶酥餅) from

Chinese New Year Pineapple Tarts (凤梨酥/菠萝酥) from Pick Yin

Traditonal Chinese New Year Peanut Cookies from Baking = Love

Jiaozi / Chinese Dumplings – These can be made with any filling, but this recipe uses Shrimp and looks amazing

Spring Rolls can also be made with any filling. Personally we prefer to make chicken or vegetable. This recipe is for a mini version

Fortune Cookies would be lots of fun to make for Chinese New Year. I’ve seen lots of tutorials around to make paper or felt versions as a craft, but eating them would have to be our favourite! You can see a recipe and video tutorial here.

Chinese New Year Food and Traditions

Tray of Togetherness. Marie Pastiche shares the traditions of this tray of food, divided into 8 parts each with their own meaning.

Bi Cultural Mama also shares all about the traditions and significance of many of the foods eaten during Chinese New Year

Eileen from ET Speaks from Home shares pictures of all the Chinese New Year goodies from Singapore China town. This is not a recipe, but interesting to take a look.

To continue the Chinese food themed fun, there are some great ideas for Chinese Restaurant themed dramatic play at Pre-K pages, with printables and pretend Chinese food.

We are definitely planning to eat some yummy Chinese food for Chinese New Year. What a fun way to introduce the kids to festivals from around the world and learn to appreciate and respect other traditions, just as we like others to respect and appreciate ours. The variety of cultures and traditions, food and festivals all around the world is a beautiful thing!

We have also made a few kids crafts for Chinese New Year which you can check out here:

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Chinese New Year | Multicultural Kid Blogs

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Long-Long's New Year

Also from Tuttle Publishing, Long-Long’s New Year, a beautifully illustrated picture book about a little Chinese boy named Long-Long, who accompanies his grandfather into the city to sell cabbages in order to buy food and decorations for the New Year. Selling cabbages is harder than Long-Long expects, and he encounters many adventures before he finds a way to help his grandfather, and earn New Year’s treats for his mother and little cousin.

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Celebrating the Chinese New Year

From Tuttle Publishing, Celebrating the Chinese New Year, in which Little Mei’s grandfather tells her the stories of Nian and the monster Xi for Chinese New Year.

The Sheep Beauty

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Anna Marikar, mum of four and seasoned blogger, has spent over a decade sharing her parenting journey and passion for kid-friendly crafts and free printables.
Her easy-to-follow craft ideas and practical parenting advice have transformed In The Playroom into a cherished resource for parents.

24 thoughts on “Chinese Recipes to Celebrate Chinese New Year”

  1. Wow I was looking for ideas for a Chinese New yer post, I think I hit a gold mine.
    Just stopping by to check out your recipe from The Pinterest Party.
    Just pinned!!
    Have a great weekend, Karren

  2. These look brilliant, my little girl’s just been learning about Chinese New Year at school so these would be great for her to take in!


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