PUBLISHED: 10:48 AM on Wednesday, February 2, 2005
Ring in the Rooster!
Gung Hay Fat Choy!

  From top: Mandarin Pork Back Ribs, Full Moon Pastries, Firecracker Prawns, Golden Phoenix Nests, and potstickers and egg rolls served with Soy-Ginger Dipping Sauce
February 9 marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year 4703, or the Year of the Rooster. Bring friends and family together to celebrate this joyful occasion by hosting a Chinese New Year's party. An abundance of food and fun is at your fingertips with delicious recipes and festive entertaining ideas from Kikkoman.

Setting the Scene

• Set tables with red and gold linens for fortuity and success.

• Decorate with paper lanterns; use fresh flowers and bamboo to signify rebirth and growth.

• Place dishes strategically around the room to encourage mingling.

• Greet guests with "Gung Hay Fat Choy," meaning "Wishing you happiness and prosperity!"

• Present guests with tangerines, leaves attached, for luck and abundant joy.

For more about Chinese New Year and other entertaining tips, download Kikkoman's official Chinese New Year Celebration Guide at