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We need no excuse to feast upon fabulous food inspired by the Far East, but Chinese New Year is a great hook for a themed menu.

Spice up your menus for Chinese New Year

Celebrated this year on Saturday 28th January, the occasion marks the start of the Year of the Rooster and offers lots of opportunities to introduce dishes that are full of variety and colour.

Stir-fries tick many boxes – they’re delicious, simple, full of nutritious vegetables, and can (just about) fit in with post-Christmas resolutions to eat more lean protein and fresh veg and lean protein.

Make your Chinese menu appeal to a wide range of tastes by offering a choice of meats and seafood, or veggie options such as tofu or protein-rich mushrooms, cashew nuts and broccoli.

The secret is to slice thinly, fry quickly, and finish cooking with a punchy and aromatic sauce. Try mixing a tablespoon of Lion Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce, five tablespoons of soy sauce, two tablespoons of white wine vinegar, and one tablespoon of sesame oil. Heat it for a minute and stir into the meat, vegetables and noodles for a quick and very tasty dish.

Thai fishcakes are a healthy, low fat and simple dish. Blitz salmon, Lion Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce, coriander, soy sauce, ginger and chilli together, form into patties and shallow fry, then serve with salad, or in a burger bun.

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