Articles by Ian Fenn, Chopstix™

Ian Fenn trained as a Chinese chef at Westminster Kingsway College before studying under Ringo Lo at Lee Fook in Surbiton. He is editor and publisher of Chopstix™. His work has also featured in publications including Time Out, Square Meal, and BBC Good Food. He is a consultant to restaurants including the critically-acclaimed Felix Yu.

Recommended Chinese restaurants: London, UK

These Chinese restaurants in London are recommended for their authenticity and have been provided with a Chopstix™ window sticker to alert potential diners.

Recommended Chinese restaurants: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Recommended Chinese restaurants: Paris, France

These restaurants are noted for their authenticity and have been provided with a Chopstix™ window sticker to alert potential diners.

Recommended Chinese restaurants: Austin, Texas

These restaurants are noted for their authenticity and have been provided with a Chopstix™ window sticker to alert potential diners.

Mango pancakes

Oranges, melons and other yellow and orange-coloured fruits are particularly auspicious at Chinese New Year – they represent the moon, a lucky omen.

Steamed salmon with black bean sauce

Fish is at the heart of every Chinese New Year meal as it signifies ‘abundance’ (of riches, health, happiness, etc.) during the following year. Traditionally, the fish is steamed whole.

Spring rolls

If you do nothing else at Chinese New Year, eat a spring roll. These tasty packages resemble ingots of gold and symbolise the coming of Spring, which Chinese New Year ushers in.