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5 favourite Lunar New Year dishes made in an Instant Pot

Photo of turnip cakes, a popular dish served in Cantonese cuisine
Choosing to use a small appliance for large gatherings and special occasions can help cut down your energy usage.

Consider going Instant (Pot) with your celebrations this year

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 an Instant Pot.

Why the Instant Pot? It cooks things quickly and can save up to 70% on energy costs compared to using your stove or oven. Check out our full review.

The recipes below are designed with the Instant Pot in mind, but other electric pressure cookers will also save you time, energy, and money.

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


Serving dumplings is always a popular move, and making them for your New Year’s meal is no different. With so many styles of dumplings to choose from, you’ve got endless options for this tasty treat, including some that are easily cooked up in your Instant Pot.

Instant Pot steamed dumplings

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 Instant Pot.