Chinese New Year

Saturday 28 January marks the start of Chinese New Year, an event lasting 15 days and celebrated by Chinese communities across the world, with food as its main focus.

It’s time to get your chopsticks at the ready and enjoy some authentic Oriental food to usher in a fresh start. Here's 6 of the best from our cookware range to help you create a Chinese feast.

The Chinese lunar calendar is associated with the Chinese zodiac, which has 12 animal signs: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Each animal represents a year in a 12-year cycle, beginning on Chinese New Year's Day: 2017 is the year of the hardworking, courageous and talented Rooster.

Tuck into Asian cuisine in authentic style with the set of 2 Tokyo Design Studio bowls and chop sticks.

The Chinese New Year is all about food-centric socialising, so the John Lewis Lazy Susan makes it easy to serve and eat.

For dim sum, the John Lewis Two-tier bamboo steamer is the traditional way of cooking to retain flavours

Stick with tradition to serve rice with the John Lewis Asian East Celadon rice spoon, finished with an intricate handle design.

Master Asian cooking with the Ken Hom Wok Performance non-stick carbon steel wok to create your favourite recipe

Designed to make rice simple and foolproof, go seamlessly from packet to table with this specially-designed Joseph Joseph M-Cuisine microwave rice cooker

Some traditional, quick recipes

Here are a few easy ideas for a speedy and nutritious Chinese supper

Steamed sea bass

Ingredients
Small sea bass, gutted and cleaned, root ginger, spring onion, vegetable oil, soy sauce

Method
  1. Shred the root ginger and cut the spring onion into 1" pieces
  2. Insert half into the fish and sprinkle the other half on top
  3. Steam until cooked, then drizzle with hot oil and soy sauce
  4. Serve immediately
Steamed broccoli

Ingredients
Broccoli, vegetable oil, oyster sauce

Method
  1. Steam the broccoli until cooked
  2. Pour on a small amount of hot oil and oyster sauce
Spring rolls

Ingredients
Carrots, cabbage, finely shredded, beansprouts, shittake mushrooms, finely sliced, spring roll pastry, one egg, vegetable oil (for deep frying)

Method
  1. Stir fry all ingredients in a wok with some salt and white pepper until cooked
  2. Then wrap in pastry, remembering to brush the edges with egg wash to seal
  3. Deep fry until golden
  4. Drain and servehot oil and soy sauce