Happy Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year - Year of the Rooster

Happy Chinese New Year! Here are some wonderful meal ideas for the weekend...

It’s Chinese New Year! Although most of the Western world operates around the Gregorian calendar, the Chinese calendar is slightly different and scales a much longer period of time; we’ve just entered 2017, however, the Chinese calendar switches to 4715 on Saturday 28th January. 2017 (or 4715 for that matter) marks the year of the Rooster. The Zodiac sign of the Rooster from Chinese Astrology is associated with traits of confidence, intelligence, independence as well as a little impatience. But how do these characteristics compare with one of our most loved potato varieties of the same name?

Well, there are some remarkable crossovers. Rooster Potatoes are renowned for standing their ground in a variety of dishes where it holds the confidence to mingle with many cuisines, cooking types and flavours. The hard outer-skin (confidence) and its floury flesh lends itself particularly well to roasting, chipping, wedging and baking/jacket potatoes. Feast your eyes on the following Chinese-style recipes using the rooster potato at its core.

Beijing Spice Potato and Chicken Roast

Here at potato.ie we have a splendid selection of international recipes, this fitting Beijing Spice Potato dish finds the Rooster potato at the heart of an array of traditional Chinese flavours. After being nestled alongside chicken thighs highlighted with the delectable tastes of Chinese five spice, honey, ginger, soy and chilli, these potatoes truly take on a flavoursome life of its own. 

Chinese Potato Squeak Quick Recipe

Apply your lovely rooster potatoes to these wholesome and creamy potato bites - superb as a quick taster or starter. This is an oriental twist on the Western home comfort of bubble and squeak. The presence of Chinese 5 Spice, pak choi and plum sauce allows this classic to breathe under a beautifully sweet oriental influence. Be sure to save some plum sauce for dipping - trust us, you will not want to miss out! 

Chinese-Style Chips

Since the Rooster Potato works so well in the chips style, why not make yourself some Chinese-style chips? Apply a little Chinese Five Spice to your potatoes before cooking and get yourself some plum or sweet chilli sauce for dipping. Find out how to make chips here. 

Alternatively referred to as the baked potato, this wholesome and fulfilling snack is the go-to for taste, satisfaction and splendour! 

It’s often a simple process but we want you to experience max enjoyment every time – here are some tips for jacket potato perfection.


Whether they are served up with sausages or mixed up with cheese and spinach, mashed potatoes are a spud staple that are super versatile and delicious.