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Chinese New Year Feast
Chinese New Year Feast
Chinese New Year Feast
Chinese New Year Feast

Chinese New Years Eve dinner is comparable to our Christmas dinner and is the most important family meal of the year, on New Years Day, many Chinese abstain from meat, as they believe this will ensure a long life!

Course Details

Lydia will show you how to make her mothers family favourite dishes to usher in the Chinese New Year. Traditionally, the first day of the New Year is a meat free day, to enable the body to be cleansed in preparation for the year ahead.

Chinese dishes eaten in the lead up and during New Year tend to be symbolic of good luck, health, wealth, longevity and prosperity. For instance, dumplings (symbolic of money and wealth) and noodles ( for longevity) are always part of a Chinese New Year feast. 

All the recipes are easy to make and quick to cook, you will learn how to prepare unusual ingredients. Lydia will give you lots of tips on how to make your Chinese dishes taste authentic.

We will make a selection of dishes such as:

  • Green Jade Soup
  • Spring Rolls
  • Dim Sum Dumplings
  • Lettuce Wraps
  • Cheung Fun Rice Noodle
  • Braised Aubergines and Shitake Mushrooms
  • Sesame Dressed Chinese Greens
  • Steamed Jasmine Flower Rice
  • Sweet Ginger Custard with Spiced Fruits

The course involves a mixture of demonstrations, knife skills and hands-on cookery in small groups.  There will be lots of cooking, but also plenty of conversation, tasting, fun and a late lunch. You will go home with a pack of recipes and lots of tips.

Time: 10.00-4.30

Eye opening. So clear colours, flavours, so fresh looking and tasting.

Excellent mixture of dishes - superb tastes & textures. Lydia was, as ever, excellent - interesting, informative & fun

It was a fabulous day last year and so informative, fun and useful. I now have staples in the cupboard that I never had or understood about how to use properly before, still pinching myself I was lucky enough to have a place.

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Dietary Suitability
  • Vegan
  • Dairy Free

We will happily cater for those who are vegan, gluten-free or have other special dietary requirements. Please let us know ahead of time so we can plan accordingly.

Skill Level
  •   Beginner

Lydia Downey

About the tutor

Lydia is one of our lead chef/tutor and specialises in World cooking and baking and teaches on all our longer Diploma courses.

Lydia comes from a food loving family and learnt to cook from an early age with her Chinese mother. She has spent all her working life involved with food. She is an experienced and gifted baker. Her sourdough starter is the stuff of legends and we always have a jar tucked away at the back of the fridge. Lydia is an excellent teacher, with a wealth of knowledge and creativity to impart alongside a warm and approachable personality.