We started off our New Year banquet with some Chicken Satay - loads of really tender chicken breast stirfried with some mangetout in satay sauce with some noodles and loads of chopped peanuts on top for a delicious salty crunch. Next up with a spicy Green Thai Curry with prawns and baby sweetcorn. The sweet and juicy prawns worked beautifully with the creamy coconut milk curry.
Our third dish was stirfried Pork in a Thai sweet chili sauce with some spring onions and cashews on some lightly steamed Chinese cabbage and we rounded off our feast with a bowl of Chicken Chow Mein on rice noodles, full of lovely aromatic ginger.
After so many delicious dishes, we only had room for a few fortune cookies for dessert. I love the ritual of tearing open the little red and gold foil wrappers and snapping the cookie in half while trying not to tear the paper fortune inside.
Here's a few tips and tricks for your own Chinese New Year Banquet :
Never, ever cross your chopsticks. It's considered to be very rude indeed. Also, don't stick your chopsticks upright in your bowl of rice, spear food with a single chopstick or pass food from your chopstick to somebody else's chopstick. That's really nasty.
If you want to join in the celebrations, there's festivals in Dublin, London, Manchester, Edinburgh & Glasgow. How are you planning to celebrate - do let me know.
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