Chinese New Year

Party Plan: Chinese New Year

As some of you know, I’m half Chinese and super proud of my heritage. Chinese New Year for me conjures up memories of endless Chinese food over big family dinners so it felt only right that I try and share some of this with you in Canapé form!

You’ll all have your own favourite Chinese dishes I’m sure…here are a few of mine adapted for Canapé suitability 😉 I generally find that with a stack of Wonton wrappers, Char Siu sauce, grated fresh ginger, soy sauce and lots of spring onions…you won’t go too far wrong!

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Number of Guests: 25+
Vibe: Friday night – cocktails essential…

Lychee & Fresh Basil Martinis
The usual…wine/beer/G&Ts

Char Siu Puffs
Prawn & Asian Slaw Wonton Cups
Mushroom & Asian Slaw Wonton Cups
Sweet & Sour Chicken Skewers
Ginger & Chilli Beef Lettuce Cups
Mini Duck Wraps (recipe and instructions now here)
Prawn crackers


Plan of attack

Night before:
– Cook the Char Siu Pork, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Duck & Ginger & Chilli beef and refrigerate

On the day: 2 hours before
– Make up the Asian Slaw (See recipe below)
– Make the Char Siu Puffs and put on a baking tray ready to go into the oven (refrigerate if necessary)
– Cut pineapple and peppers into chunks for Sweet & Sour Skewers
– Set out glasses for drinks and an area fie people to put drinks
– Put out a few bowls of prawn crackers

1 hour before
– Make yourself a drink… 😉
– Make the mini duck wraps (recipe and instructions now here)
– Make the beef lettuce cups
– Make the Wonton Cups and fill
– Make up lychee & basil drink mix

Party start time:
Stop making canapés, breathe and enjoy the first hour of the party.

1 hour in
– Put the Char Siu Puffs in the oven and serve immediately
– Reheat the Sweet & Sour Chicken and skewer with fresh pineapple and peppers
– Check if prawn cracker bowls need refilling

You’re done! Enjoy the rest of the party!

My Asian Slaw recipe
1/4 of a Purple Cabbage
2 Spring onions
1 Carrot
1 Apple
Fresh mint and coriander
Sesame seeds
Toasted sesame oil – 2 teaspoons
Lime juice – 2 teaspoons
Soy sauce – 1 teaspoon
Optional: Chopped cashew nuts to garnish

1. Finely chop the vegetables into thin strips – add the chopped herbs
2. Mix the sesame oil, lime juice and soy sauce and dress the salad
3. Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped cashews (optional)