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Recipes to fire up your tastebuds for the Chinese Year of The Dragon

In the vibrant tapestry of Chinese cuisine, each dish tells a tale of tradition, culture, and celebration.

As we usher in the Year of the Dragon, which begins on Saturday, February 10th and continues for 15 days, there’s no better way to honour the festivities than by crafting dishes inspired by the rich flavours of Chinese culinary artistry.

With a nod to tradition and a touch of modern flair, let’s embark on a culinary journey using the finest meats from Lakings Butchers.

Begin your gastronomic adventure with a dragon-themed appetiser – Crispy Dragon Rolls. Combining the savoury goodness of Lakings Butchers’ succulent shredded pork, fragrant hoisin sauce, and fresh vegetables, these rolls are enveloped in rice paper, creating a delightful crunch. For this recipe, use Lakings minced pork.

For the main course, indulge in a classic with a twist – General Tso’s Chicken, a favourite dish in Chinese restaurants. Elevate this iconic dish using Lakings Butchers’ premium chicken thighs, known for their tenderness and flavour. Marinate the chicken in a blend of soy sauce, ginger, and garlic before stir-frying to perfection. The result is a symphony of sweet, spicy, and savoury notes, paying homage to the dragon’s fiery spirit. Serve with a side of rice or noodles.

Incorporate another classic dish into your feast but let us do the hard work with our Chinese Plum Pork Spare Ribs meaty pork spare ribs, cut from the belly, and marinated in a Chinese plum sauce. Alternatively, make your own marinade to coat our plump rack of pork ribs.

Chicken lovers can make the most of those cupboard staples and create Rosie Dicker’s ‘clever little recipe’ of Marmalade and Lemon Chinese-style chicken. Putting the humble chicken thigh (or you can use whole chicken legs) centre stage, Rosie says the key to this dish is in the basting and the sprinkle of two classic Chinese ingredients – spring onions and lemon zest.

For a quick dish as a nod to the celebrations, inspired by Chinese cuisine and perfect as a tasty mid-week meal, we love Rosie’s Dan Dan Noodles, made using Lakings pork mince and oyster and soy sauce.

You could even embrace the ‘spirit of the dragon’ and cook with fire (we mean, you could use your barbecue) if the weather lends itself to a spot of outdoor cooking. Firing over coals adds a smoky extra depth of flavour to spare ribs, chicken and pork chops.

Finally, use Lakings’ sustainably sourced beef to create a takeaway favourite – Crispy Chilli Beef, which combines flash-fried beef steak with a sweet gingery sauce and red peppers.

The Dragon is a symbol of power, prosperity, and good fortune – however you plan to welcome in the New Year, our premium, sustainable and always British produce will elevate each dish, ensuring a celebration that not only tantalises the taste buds but also pays homage to the rich tapestry of Chinese culinary heritage.

As you savour each bite, may the Year of the Dragon bring you joy, abundance, and culinary delights that transcend the ordinary.

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