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5 favourite Lunar New Year dishes made with small appliances

Photo of turnip cakes, a popular dish served in Cantonese cuisine
Cooking with small appliances can help you save energy when preparing meals for large gatherings and special occasions.

Celebrate big this year by cooking with small appliances 

It’s Lunar New Year, which means lots of time with family and delicious food. All that cooking can use a lot of energy, which is why we’ve rounded up recipes for some of your favourite Lunar New Year meals that can be made in a small appliance.

Why small appliances? They cook things quickly and can save up to 75% on energy costs compared to using your stove or oven. 

With energy savings on your side, here are some ideas to take your celebration to the next level.

年糕 (Nian gao)

This sweet, glutinous rice cake is a favourite year round, but is especially popular around New Year. This delicious treat can easily be whipped up in your Instant Pot, making it a quick way to save energy.

Instant Pot 年糕

蘿蔔糕 (Lo bak go)

This savoury radish cake is often enjoyed as a dim sum dish, and is a fan favourite during New Year’s celebrations. Luckily, the steaming step can easily be done in your Instant pot.

Instant Pot 蘿蔔糕

Bánh chung

Banh chung, a traditional rice cake made from sticky rice stuffed with beans, pork, and other ingredients, is often made by wrapping the rice in banana leaves, and steaming, sometimes for hours. Not only will you save energy by steaming in your instant pot, but you can cut down your cooking time significantly.

Instant Pot bánh chung

Thịt kho tàu

Made with pork belly and boiled eggs cooked in coconut water, Thit Kho is a deliciously tender and satisfying stew that is especially popular for New Year’s celebrations. Instant Pot stews are always a hit, which is why making the switch to Instant Pot Thit Kho is an easy decision.

Instant Pot thịt kho tàu

春卷 (chūn juǎn)

Spring rolls (chūn juǎn) are one of the most well-known dishes in Chinese cuisine, and are most familiar in their crispy, deep-fried form. With limitless options for the filling, this dish is a great option for omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike. Put away the oil, and save on time and electricity with this air fryer 春卷 recipe.

Air fryer 春卷

Enjoying a delicious meal with your loved ones is a great way to celebrate the Lunar New Year, and you can make it even better by celebrating your energy savings, courtesy of your small appliances.