The Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the first of the year long festivals and the beginning of the four seasons. New Year’s celebrations symbolise bidding farewell to the old year and bringing good luck and prosperity to the new one. People will prepare a sumptuous reunion dinner on New Year's Eve to welcome this most anticipated festival of the year with their families.
The Chinese New Year "Reunion Dinner", called tuan nien fan (團年飯) in Chinese, is perhaps the most loved aspect of the whole of Spring Festival celebrations which last for 16 days. It takes place on Chinese New Year's Eve, which this year falls on 9th February.
To explain the significance of the Reunion Dinner — If one were to choose just a single day of the two-week-long Chinese New Year festival to go home to visit family, this would be it. The daytime before the reunion dinner sees the most crowded roads, bus stations, train stations, and airports of the whole year, as everyone anxiously makes the journey to be with their loved ones.
The dinner is the most important part of the festival and the most important meal of the year. Families join around the table to enjoy lovingly prepared food and quality time together.
For people who work or study away from home, the Chinese New Year reunion meal is the best time to see their parents or grandparents. The New Year’s Eve dinner gives elders the opportunity to catch up on how their children and grandchildren are doing.
The Spring Festival Reunion Dinner typically has enough food on the table to feed a whole village! It is common to see plates of food stacked on top of one another, especially when a mother is taking the opportunity to cook all of the homemade meals she knows her children miss when they are away.
So the expectation is high, the pressure is on.
Many traditional Chinese festive meals feature meat, including chicken, duck, pork, beef, fish and seafood; though there are often tofu, mushroom and vegetable dishes too. When I was creating my vegan versions of these recipes, I kept the traditional menu in mind. I wanted to recreate a feast that would satisfy everyone’s tastebuds from their past CNY Eve dinner or festive meal experiences.
Here, I would like to share with you a beautiful and delicious spread, scrumptious and ample enough to feed a whole family. Simple, elegant and totally stress free; as you can get a lot of the preparations done a day or two in advance. On the day of the evening meal, you only need to finish the final stages a few hours before dinner. This gives you plenty of time to spend enjoying precious moments with your family rather than in the kitchen.
(Vegan) Chinese New Year Dinner Extravaganza :
This is a Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner curated for you!
Regardless of whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or meat eaters, you can still pick and choose one or more dishes, or even the whole menu for your evening.
Below are the dishes in this video :
(The name of the first six dish is a link to the full video and the detailed recipe, with tips on how to prepare each dish ahead.)
7 Stir-fried Bak Choy with fresh mushrooms
8 Tender Stems with ginger sauce
中國新年的 「團圓飯」，或稱年夜飯、團年飯，可説是整個為期 16 天的春節慶祝活動中最被重視的部分。 今年 2024 的除夕夜是 2 月 9 日。
團年飯的重要性 —— 如果要在為期兩週的農曆新年中選擇回家探親，那就是這一天了。 團圓
許多中國傳統節慶菜餚的都以肉類為主，包括雞肉、鴨肉、豬肉、牛肉、魚和海鮮； 也常有豆腐、菇菌和蔬菜等菜式。 當我要為年菜編撰一個純素版本時，我依著傳統的菜單， 重新打造一場素食的盛宴，以滿足大家一直以來在除夕晚飯或節慶用餐時記憶中的口味。
在這裡，我想與大家分享一桌豐盛的年夜飯食譜，美味 、簡單、優雅，且做起來毫無壓力； 因為你可以提前一兩天完成很多步驟的準備工作。 年三十晚那天，只需在晚飯前幾小時完成最後階段即可。 這讓你有多些時間和家人一起享受珍貴的時光，而不是整天被困在廚房內。