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Recipes For Chinese New Year

Looking for ways to celebrate Chinese New Year? This list of Recipes For Chinese New Year is filled with Asian recipes to help you ring in the Year of the Tiger.

For more, check out all of our recipe posts.

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The first two times I went to Japan, I had such a hard time eating anything. I’m so picky, so I didn’t venture out too much. No fish, nothing with eyeballs looking at me.

The last time I went, our family friend and I were talking. “What Japanese food do you eat?” he asked.

“I love gyoza,” I said. He told me that’s Chinese. “I love yakimeshi too,” I said. He told me that’s Chinese too.

Well, turns out all the food I like is Chinese so I was born into the wrong Asian nationality, as far as my taste buds are concerned. Because of that, I like Chinese New Year and all the food that comes along with it.

This year, Chinese New Year is January 22, 2023. This is the Year of the Rabbit, which is the fourth sign in the Chinese zodiac.

The Tiger symbolizes fortune. Even more, it’s “double springs” this year, which means double the luck and happiness. Sounds good to me. Read more about it here.

But, if you just want an excuse to eat Chinese food, that’s cool too. We collected a bunch of Asian and Chinese recipes for Chinese New Year.

Recipes For Chinese New Year

As we add new Chinese and Asian recipes on Drugstore Divas, we’ll be updating this list. So bookmark it and come back, even if it’s not Chinese New Year.

Yakimeshi (Chinese Fried Rice) in a bowl.

Yakimeshi (Chinese Fried Rice)

This Authentic Chinese Fried Rice recipe (known as Yakimeshi in Japanese and Chahan in Chinese) is so good and will be your go-to fried rice recipe from now on.

It doesn’t have the peas and carrots that you get in American Chinese take out restaurants. Instead, it has Cantonese barbecue pork (called char siu) and a few other ingredients.

If you can’t find char siu, you can use ham trimmings, which are much more accessible in American grocery stores.

Air Fryer Crab Rangoon on a plate.

Air Fryer Crab Rangoon

Crab Rangoon are such a popular Chinese side dish or appetizer. They’re actually wonton wrappers filled with cream cheese and crab meat. They’re served with the same dipping sauce as sweet and sour chicken.

And, they’re so easy to make at home.

You can make them with or without the crab meat, depending on what your family likes. Either way, they’re delicious.

Egg Roll In A Bowl.

Egg Roll In A Bowl

Egg Roll In A Bowl is all your favorite parts about the inside of an egg roll, but served in dinner form.

It’s cabbage, carrots, and ground meat, plus all the seasoning, served over rice. If you wanted, you could pick up some egg roll wrappers and actually stuff egg rolls with this, but we just eat it as is.

Two croffles on a plate with the words "Banana And Nutella Croffle (Croissant Waffle)" digitally written above them.

Banana And Nutella Croffle

A Croffle isn’t Chinese, but it is Korean, which is how it ended up on our list.

This traditional Korean street food is usually rolled in sugar and then baked on a waffle iron. Our version is stuffed with banana and Nutella (or another nut butter, if you prefer) and then baked. So, so good. And the perfect dessert for Chinese New Year.

Yakitori (Japanese grilled chicken skewers) on a tray.

Yakitori (Japanese Grilled Chicken Skewers)

This recipe is Japanese, not Chinese, but I think it’s still a good idea for Chinese New Year — especially if you live somewhere warm.

These grilled chicken skewers are made on a grill, which is not a way you want to cook in February unless it’s nice out.

Yaki-udon (udon stir fry) on a plate with chopsticks next to it.

Yaki-Udon Recipe (Udon Stir Fry)

Udon is a Japanese noodle, but since people associate noodles with Chinese food (because of lo mein), this recipe still works for Chinese New Year.

This recipe is reminiscent to a traditional lo mein that you get at an American Chinese take out restaurant, so you may not even realize that the noodles aren’t exactly what you’re used to in a dish like this.

Miso Ramen in a bowl.

Miso Ramen

Miso is a Japanese recipe, however, it traditionally uses a Chinese noodle, so it’s a bit of a hybrid. So it works for Chinese New Year.

This version is inspired by the Miso Ramen served at Chaplin’s, one of our favorite restaurants in Washington, DC. This is a pretty traditional ramen recipe, and it’s bound to be your new go to when you’re looking for an Asian soup dish.

Chicken Teriyaki in a bowl.

Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

Teriyaki is a Japanese dish, so not exactly traditional for Chinese New Year. But, chicken teriyaki is a really familiar flavor for Americans, so if you want to celebrate with Asian flavors, this is a good recipe — even if it’s really coming from the wrong Asian country.

Plus, this version is made in the slow cooker, which makes it so easy for you to make for dinner.

A car at the drive through of a Panda Express restaurant.

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2023

There are a couple restaurants that are celebrating Chinese New Year this year. Learn about their promotions below.

Panda Express

Panda Express is having an Instant Win Game, now until February 21. Visit for a chance to win free food, free upgrades, and more.

The restaurant also has a free interactive online program — Let’s Explore!: Lunar New Year — for educators to teach about Chinese New Year.

P.F. Chang’s

P.F. Chang’s is releasing a new cocktail, Down the Rabbit Hole, to celebrate the year of the rabbit.

Which of these recipes for Chinese New Year are you going to make first? Be sure to let us know in the comments.


Wednesday 22nd of January 2020

Some of them looks so delicious. To be honest I try Chinese food few times maybe I will need to do it more often


Tuesday 21st of January 2020

Omg this is a great list compiled of great recipes. I’m always looking for new meal ideas

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Tuesday 21st of January 2020

My birthday will be in a few days and I have been asked to choose a restaurant for my treat and my shortlist includes Chinese and Thai. Maybe I should look at adding a Japanese restaurant to my shortlist just for fun. A great list of recipes by the way.


Tuesday 21st of January 2020

Omg! I’m so excited about these recipes , I cannot wait to try them all. Thank you so much ?


Tuesday 21st of January 2020

I love Chinese food, especially when it's homemade! I'd love to get stuck into making some of these :D