Chinese New Year

February 8 marks the start of Chinese New Year.

The event is celebrated across the world, with different festivities being embraced by different cultures.

It’s time to get your chopsticks at the ready and enjoy some authentic food to usher in a fresh start, with some delicious dim sum.

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: 2016 is the year of the monkey.

Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days, with the 15th day called the Lantern Festival. With food as the main focus, take heed of what you need for a real far Eastern-inspired affair that celebrates these traditions.

Tuck into Asian cuisine in true Far Eastern 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 lends your table an element of ease when serving and dining.

For the dim sum, the John Lewis Oriental bamboo steamer is the traditional way of cooking to retain flavours.

In true honour of tradition, 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 and whip up a storm with a recipe to your taste.

Go seamlessly from packet to table with this specially designed Joseph Joseph M-Cuisine microwave rice cooker, designed to make rice simple.

On Chinese New Year’s Eve it is tradition for people to stay up late and let off firecrackers and fireworks, scaring off inauspicious spirits and Nian, the New Year monster. Ward off pangs of fatigue with a fresh coffee from the Nespresso Pixie automatic coffee maker and aeroccino by Magimix.

Avoid sweeping on this day, as it's believed to symbolise the sweeping away of wealth. Hold back, and then after your celebrations have taken place, the Oxo Upright sweep set will get your home looking ship-shape.

Some traditional, quick recipes

And as for recipes, watch the video below for stir fry and prawn dumplings - or follow the instructions for 3 quick and easy dishes dishes further down the page.

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