Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

5th February 2021

Chinese New Year at The Clevedon

Chinese New Year is just around the corner and we love to celebrate with fabulous food. According to China Highlights, “Chinese New Year has enjoyed a history of about 3,500 years. Its exact beginning is not recorded. Some people believe that Chinese New Year originated in the Shang Dynasty (1600–1046 BC), when people held sacrificial ceremonies in [honour] of gods and ancestors at the beginning or the end of each year.” Across the UK, in major cities, it’s marked by large parades and crowds of spectators.

If you’re planning your own celebration, we recommend you start by trying an authentic Chinese recipe. The key to good Chinese cooking is fresh ingredients, adherence to the recipe exactly and use of authentic tools and methods to achieve the perfect flavour. Never use bottled lime juice, dried ginger or pre-chopped garlic. The flavour will be adversely impacted. Lastly, buy your meat from the local butchers for the best outcome.

If you’re excited to get started, our head chef has provided his perfect spare rib recipe for you to try at home:


1 full rack of baby back pork ribs

1tbsp lime juice

5g minced ginger

5g minced garlic

6tbsp sweet soy sauce

1bsp sesame seeds


Place the ribs in shallow pan, add 2 cups water and cover pan with foil.

Cook at 180C for 2 hours.

Pull the ribs out of the oven and let cool.

Cut in-between each bone of the ribs, so you get individual ribs.

Combine the remaining ingredients for the sauce and mix well.

Pour the sauce over the ribs and toss to coat.

Place into pan and bake at 200C, turning every 5 minutes until ribs are sticky.

Serve with a fresh, flavoursome egg fried rice.

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