Ken Hom’s Guide to Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon

If you are thinking about hosting your own Chinese New Year celebration this January but need some advice look no further than celebrity chef Ken Hom. Ken is acknowledged by critics and foodies worldwide as a leading authority on authentic Chinese and Asian cuisine and this year he has created a Guide to Chinese New Year full of hints and tips for hosting the perfect celebration – which can be downloaded from: And if you need some extra help with menu ideas why not choose some of the delicious dishes from Ken’s range of freshly prepared Chinese meals, available exclusively at Tesco, which have been personally created by Ken to offer the perfect option for a delicious Chinese meal in minutes.

Ken Hom is passionate about using authentic ingredients in his cooking so he’s given every dish real depth and balance of flavour with ingredients such as fresh ginger, garlic, orange and lemon zest plus distinctive sauces such as Chinese Plum Sauce, Chee Hou sauce and Ken’s Vinegar Sauce. This means that Ken Hom’s range really delivers that full on Chinese taste experience. Ken’s delicious repertoire includes main dishes such as Crispy Chilli Beef, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Crispy Aromatic Duck and side dishes such as crunchy Vegetable Spring Rolls and Egg Fried Rice. The range offers a mouth-watering dish to suit everyone’s taste.

Now that your Chinese New Year banquet is sorted you can start on the decorations. The Chinese love to put up new red and gold decorations each year to bring luck, health and prosperity to the household.

Ken comments: “There are many different myths surrounding Chinese New Year. The Chinese believe the process of saying goodbye to the previous year and welcoming the New Year is very important so I have created my Guide to Chinese New Year to help you create the perfect celebration and provide some interesting insights into Chinese tradition.”

Ken even has some top tips to make your festivities go with a bang: “Shooting off firecrackers on the eve of Chinese New Year is our way of sending out the old year and welcoming in the New Year; and don’t forget that on the stroke of midnight, every door and window in the house has to be open to allow the old year to go out.”

The Ken Hom meal range includes over 20 delicious dishes and can be found in the chilled food aisle at Tesco. New to the range for 2012 are six tasty dishes, including Thai red and green chicken curries, Chinese Chicken Curry, Sweet chilli chicken rice, Black bean chicken noodles, Pad Thai, and Thai chicken coconut noodles.

For more information and further Chinese New Year recipes from Ken Hom visit:  or to purchase Ken Hom meals please visit:

Ken Hom’s fabulous Chinese meal deal of two main dishes plus two sides and/or snacks for just £5 will run in Tesco stores from 18th January to 8th February. There will also be a reduction on Ken’s famous Crispy Aromatic Half Duck to £5 during this time.

As a world renowned chef Ken Hom OBE has cooked for a host of celebrities and famous faces. He has published over 80 books worldwide, hosted a number of TV shows and his range of woks have been the no. 1 leader in the UK ethnic cookware market for over 25 years.

Key ingredients to include in a Chinese New Year banquet:

Chicken for fortune

Fish for prosperity

Noodles for longevity (never cut noodles)

Duck is a symbol of fidelity

Vegetables represent cleansing of the system

Wontons represent gold ingots (wealth)

Seaweed for wealth