The Chinese New Year is also known as the “Spring Festival.” It traditionally runs from the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar.
This February 19 marks the start of the year 4,713 in the Chinese calendar. As in most cultures, people celebrate by gathering with their loved ones and making a special meal.
A meal fit for Kings, ‘Emperor herbal chicken.’
Ingredients for the chicken
- 1 whole chicken
- 500 ml water
- Salt to taste
Herbs for dish
- 24 g Huai Shan 淮山 (Radix Dioscoreae Oppositae)
- 18 g Dang Shen 党参 (Codonopsis Pilosulae)
- 16 g Yu Zhu 玉竹 (Solomon’s Seal Rhizome)
- 22 g Long Yan Gan 龙眼干 (Dried longan)
- 10 g Gou Qi Zi 枸杞子 (Wolfberries)
- 6 Hong Zao 红枣 (Red dates)
- 3 g Chuan Gong 川芎 (Szechwan lovage rhizome)
- 5 g Tang Gui 当归 (Angelica sinensis)
- 15 g Bei Qi 北芪 (Astragalus membranaceus)
Instructions (Watch the video for more details)
- Steam the herbs with 500 ml water for 5 minutes.
- Place chicken over aluminium foil.
- Stuff half of the herbs into chicken, and place the rest around the chicken.
- Pour the water used to steam the herbs inside the foil with the chicken.
- Wrap the foil up into a bundle
- Steam chicken for 2 hours.
- Add salt to taste, then serve
Check out the Chinese New Year Festival and Party Guide for more recipes!