Host a Chinese dinner party to celebrate the Chinese New Year or any time you feel like enjoying this popular cuisine in the company of friends. This menu is inspired by the cuisine of Northern China, setting of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Setting the Stage
- Use red table cloths and napkins folded in the shape of fans.
- Set your table with chopsticks as well as flatware.
- Send home your party favors (fortune cookies or almond cookies would be great) in a Chinese food takeout box, available in craft and party stores.
- Hang Chinese paper lanterns over your table.
- Lay an open Chinese fan on each place setting.
You can make this menu yourself, or call your local Chinese restaurant for takeout if you don't have time to cook. You can also prepare a few dishes on your own for fun, and fill in the rest from your restaurant.
Egg Drop Soup - Here's an easy, always popular soup recipe that can be prepared in advance.
Cold Sesame Noodles - Another favorite Chinese dish, popular with young and old.
Mu Shu Pork - This favorite dish originates in Northern China where Beijing is situated.
Mongolia Hot Pot - Another Northern China dish, and since it's a type of fondue, it makes for excellent party food.
Kung Pao Chicken - Another popular dish from Northern China.
Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce - Here's an easy recipe to add to the balance of your menu.
Chinese Sponge Cake - Traditionally this moist cake is eaten plain, but you can also add fresh fruit.
Coconut Ice Cream - This recipe will provide a refreshing finish to your meal.