Chinese New Year - 8th February 2016

The Monkey is the 9th of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, supposedly people born in the year of the monkey will posess such character traits as curiosity, mischievousness, and cleverness. Sounds to me like they're describing our goats at Chestnut Meats, cheeky devils down to the last kid!

The Lucky and Unlucky Things for "Monkeys"

  • Lucky numbers: 4 and 9
  • Lucky days: the 14th and 28th of any Chinese lunar calendar month
  • Lucky colors: white, blue, gold
  • Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, crape-myrtle
  • Lucky directions: north, northwest, west
  • Lucky months: Chinese lunar months 8 and 12

The Unlucky Things That "Monkeys" Should Avoid

  • Unlucky colors: red, pink
  • Unlucky numbers: 2 and 7
  • Unlucky directions: south, southeast
  • Unlucky months: Chinese lunar months 7 and 11

Chinese New Year Recipe suggestions

You may be actively involved in the festivities, but if you're not you can still have your own Chinese New Year at home with some of our tasty recipe suggestions:

Szechuan Ginger Goat:

From the Sichuan province, where the cooking is renowned for its strong and spicy flavours. Full Recipe here.


500g Lean boneless Goat meat (or lamb/mutton)

2 Tbsp Chinese Rice Wine

3 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Black Bean Sauce
120g Thinly sliced fresh young Ginger
30g Finely minced Garlic
1 medium sweet Green Bell Pepper, seeds removed and thinly sliced
1 medium sweet Red Bell Pepper, seeds removed and thinly sliced
1 Tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 Tbsp Corn Starch (Flour)


1. Slice the goat meat (or lamb) into very thin strips

2. Into a large bowl, add the Chinese Rice Wine, 1 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce and the strips of goat (or lamb) meat. Stir well and set aside

3. In a medium bowl whisk together the Corn Starch (Flour), 2 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce, Sweet Chili Sauce and Black Bean Sauce and set aside.

4. Heat the Vegetable oil in a wok or large pan over a high heat until it begins to shimmer. Add the red and green Bell Pepper strips and fry until they just begin to soften. Remove the Bell Peppers with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

5. Reheat the oil in the wok until it starts to shimmer and add the strips of Goat (or lamb) meat. Fry for 2-3 minutes stirring well

6. Add the Ginger, Garlic and the sweet Bell Peppers and stir well.

7. Add the contents of the medium bowl (Corn starch (flour),Black Bean Sauce, Sweet Chili Sauce and Light Soy Sauce) and stir well. Cook until the sauce begins to slightly thicken.

8. Remove from the heat and serve with rice.

9. (Optional) Ring us, tell us what you think and order some more goat

Lamb/Mutton is a great substitute for Goat if that is more to your taste.


Sticky Chinese Pork Ribs

As always Jamie Oliver hasn't let us down, he has gone with a classic Pork ribs based recipe,  do check it out Chinese Sticky Ribs.

Winter Freezer Sale

Due to overwhelming demand we have extended our January Sale with some more fantastic offers going live on 1st February. So keep an eye on our website for new additions, amazing cuts and amazing prices.


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