Chinese New Year – Top Picks

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is the most important traditional holiday in the Chinese calendar. It marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year, which is when there is the start of a new moon. This is why the Chinese New Year falls differently to the 'Gregorian' New Year which starts on 1st January.

The Lunar New Year is a globally recognised event in which families come together and celebrate their cultural heritage. It is deeply rooted in Chinese history and traditions, with customs and rituals that have been passed down through generations.

Each Chinese New Year is associated with one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, as well as one of the five elements. These symbols are believed to influence the personalities and destinies of individuals born in a particular year. The celebration also involves the use of symbolic decorations, such as red lanterns and banners, which are believed to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits.

Special foods are prepared during Chinese New Year, each with their own symbolic meaning. For example, fish symbolises the abundance and prosperity, while dumplings represent wealth. The act of sharing meals with family and friends is an important part of the celebration.

If you’re planning on celebrating the Spring Festival with traditional Chinese dishes, take a look through our Top Picks for the Chinese New Year and get everything you’ll need to prepare a tasty Chinese feast.


A concentrated curry sauce mix that has a spicy/curry flavour. Great for use as a point-of-sale item or to be kept and used at home.

A concentrated gravy/pepper sauce mix that has an aniseed and peppery flavour. Make your very own homemade Black Pepper Sauce with just three simple steps.

A dried packet soup mix which consists of a white powder soup base and dried egg noodle pieces. It has a rich chicken and sesame flavour and makes a great addition to any traditional Chinese buffet.

A concentrated gravy sauce mix that has a tasty aniseed flavour. An essential condiment when serving traditional Chinese dishes.

Our Classic Chinese Marinade Seasoning is perfect on ribs, steaks, and drumsticks. This product comes as a retail pack, meaning it’s great as a point-of-sale item.

MRC’s Chinese Glaze was created over 40 years ago and is a timeless classic, made with star anise, cinnamon, and ginger this is a truly mouth-watering glaze.  

The combination of onion, chilli, and garlic flecks creates a delicious-tasting marinade with a kick of warmth for that added burst of flavour.

Available in a single kit and a 12 pack, our delicious Chinese Salt & Pepper Recipe Kit is made from a blend of the finest spices to create a great-tasting meal. This kit has been created to go perfectly with chicken and chips but can be paired with other options like vegetables too. A fantastic POS item to sell in butchers or farm shops.


Overall, Chinese New Year is an enjoyable celebration that encompasses cultural, familial, and spiritual dimensions, making it a deeply meaningful and cherished event in Chinese communities around the world. However you choose to observe Chinese New Year, we hope your celebrations are filled with fun and fantastic traditional Chinese food.