Bring fortune to your feast for Chinese New Year – Year of the Pig

Wing Yip – the UK’s leading Oriental supermarket – is encouraging the nation to celebrate the Year of the Pig in the kitchen and enjoy authentic Chinese dishes at home.

Chinese New Year will be celebrated internationally on 5th February 2019. This year is the Year of the Pig; ranking as the 12th animal in Chinese zodiac, the pig symbolises fortune and bravery and it is said that people who are born in this year are compassionate, calm and generous.

Chinese New Year is well-known for its flamboyant festivities centred around Chinese music, acrobatics and of course, delicious food. Wing Yip has a wealth of ingredients and recipe inspiration to ensure the UK celebrate in true Oriental style.

Three-quarters of Brits enjoy a Chinese takeaway on a regular basis. However, creating much-loved classics that have become ingrained in the heart of British culture couldn’t be simpler thanks to Wing Yip. With over 4,500 Oriental products to choose from, Wing Yip has a range of products to suit all cooking needs – from buying a first wok, to finding authentic hoi sin sauce for crispy duck pancakes.

Wing Yip has created two traditional Chinese New Year recipes that can easily be replicated in the comfort of the home, and will be sure to be a hit with friends and family alike.

Head to any local Wing Yip store, or shop online at www.wingyipstore.co.uk, to find all the ingredients required to create the perfect celebratory Chinese New Year banquette for friends and family.

Steamed salmon in ginger and spring onion sauce

Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 pieces/portions salmon fillets
2 shallots, thinly sliced
4tbsp Wing Yip Ginger & Spring Onion Stir-Fry Sauce

Method

1. Using a piece of foil large enough to create a parcel, place the salmon into the middle of the foil, scatter 1/4 of the shallots around the salmon and spoon 1 tbsp of the Ginger and Spring Onion Sauce on top. Wrap up the parcel and repeat for the other 3 pieces of salmon.
2. Place in a pre-heated oven at 180c for 10 minutes depending on the size of your fish.
3. Check after 10 minutes, and if the fish is cooked all the way through, serve immediately.

Fried Prawn Dumpling (Fried Won Ton)

Serves 10

Ingredients
500g raw prawns, shelled and deveined
2 egg whites
2tbsp oil
Salt and Pepper, to taste
1tsp Wing Yip Sesame Oil
30 round won ton wrappers

To Serve:

Salad cream
Lettuce, finely shredded
Carrot, finely shredded

Method

1. Chop the prawns until they coarsely minced and put into a bowl.

2. Lightly whisk together the egg whites, oil, salt and pepper and then add to the chopped prawns. Use a whisk to combine the mixture at first, and then use a rubber spatula to ensure that the prawns are thoroughly combined with the egg white mixture.

3. Form into a ball in the bowl, cover with cling film and then refrigerate for an hour.

4. When you’re ready to fill and shape the dumplings, prepare your workstation with a small bowl of water to wet your fingers, a tray covered with greaseproof paper, and the dumpling wrappers loosely wrapped in cling film or covered with a damp paper towel.

5. Take one wrapper at a time and place 1 tablespoon of the prawn mixture into the centre of the dumpling wrapper. Dip your finger into the bowl of water and run it around along the edge of half the wrapper. Carefully fold over the dumpling and press the centre together firmly, and then gently pleat the wet-side of the dumpling wrapper from the centre outwards, and then repeat on the other side. You will generally end up 3-4 pleats on each side. Make sure that the dumpling is tightly sealed. If you are not comfortable with pleating, you can just firmly press the edges together.

6. Repeat this step until you’ve used all the mixture, ensuring that if it is taking you a little while to cover the dumplings with a damp towel to prevent them from drying out. Once all the dumplings are made, cover with cling film and refrigerate for 10-20 minutes to help them firm up. The dumplings can be frozen at this stage if they are not going to be eaten all at once. Freeze on a tray for 2-3 hours, and then place into an air tight container for up to 6 months.

7. Pre-heat your fryer to 180°c and then test your oil with a cube of bread. If the bread floats to the top and is golden brown in a few seconds, then you know your oil is ready. Fry the dumplings in batches of 4-6, depending on the size of your fryer, for 1-2 minutes on each side until they are golden brown. Drain onto kitchen paper to help remove the excess oil, and then repeat for all the dumplings.

8. Serve with salad cream in a dish on the side, and with the lettuce and carrot salad.

About Wing Yip

Established in 1970 when founder Woon Wing Yip opened his first grocery in Digbeth, Birmingham, Wing Yip has become the UK’s leading Oriental grocer. With more than 4,500 pan-Asian products available instore originating from China, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea and Singapore, Wing Yip superstores provide a one-stop shop for pan-Asian cooking.

Wing Yip has stores in Manchester, Birmingham, Cricklewood and Croydon, supplying fresh, ambient and frozen foods seven days a week. There is also an online store (www.wingyipstore.co.uk) where ambient products can be purchased for delivery nationwide.

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