This Chinese New Year it is time to unleash the luckiest sign of the Chinese zodiac - the dragon.
Celebrate Chinese New Year on January 23 with friends and family and add fuel to the fire with a sizzling Oriental banquet and a little help from the leading Chinese and Oriental food supplier, Wing Yip.
Wing Yip has some great recipe ideas and tips for hosting an Oriental banquet to welcome Chinese New Year of the Dragon, as well as further information on Chinese signs of the zodiac and amazing dragon facts for Chinese New Year.
Mr Wing Yip, founder of Wing Yip, said: “The UK has a thriving Chinese cultural heritage and it is fantastic to see communities coming together to welcome in the Chinese New Year of the Dragon.
“The occasion will be marked with colourful festivals and street parades and whether entertaining friends by cooking Oriental treats at home or ordering a takeaway, the cuisine is an integral part of the festivities.”
For those who want to celebrate and treat family and friends at the table during 2012 Chinese New Year, then Wing Yip superstores offer a whole host of authentic products and ingredients, from fresh lobster to packs of noodles, table decorations to hampers.
Mr Wing Yip continued: “Today, Chinese food is more popular than ever in the UK. People are becoming more adventurous with food, looking for new ideas and inspiration, preparing and creating dishes to share with family and friends.”
Much more than a supermarket, shopping at one of Wing Yip’s four UK superstores, provides a culinary experience with shelves stocked with ingredients and authentic products never before seen in western shops.
Everything you need for a Chinese New Year celebration including Chinese lanterns, Oriental beers, wines, chopsticks and tableware, is also available online from www.wingyipstore.co.uk, or, from Wing Yip superstores.
Wing Yip superstores are located in Birmingham, Manchester, Cricklewood and Croydon and each stocks over 3,000 items from noodles, teas, chop sticks and even chicken feet.
For more information visit www.wingyipstore.co.uk
Photograph caption: Mr Wing Yip Celebrates Chinese New Year of the Dragon, (L - R) Mr Henry Yap, Mr Wing Yip, Mr Sammy Yap and Mr Brian Yip.
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Wing Yip fact file
•Mr Wing Yip arrived from Hong Kong on a boat in 1959 and has since become one of the UK’s most successful Chinese businessmen.
•Eighteen months later Wing and business partners opened their first Chinese restaurant in Clacton-on-Sea. Due to its success, this was quickly followed by the opening of two other restaurants and one takeaway in East Anglia.
•In 1970 Wing Yip and his brother Sammy opened their first specialist Chinese grocer in the heartland of Birmingham to supply Chinese products to local Chinese families, restaurants and takeaways.
•Now, Wing Yip has four superstores in Birmingham, Manchester, Cricklewood (London) and Croydon which are landmarks in their local communities. Two further stores are planned for Cardiff and Nottingham.
•Mr Wing Yip founded the W Wing Yip & Brothers Bursaries to encourage and provide financial assistance to students of Chinese origin, local and from overseas, to complete their studies in the United Kingdom. Since it was established over 300 bursaries have been granted plus 30 scholarships for students from China to study at Churchill College, Cambridge.
•Wing Yip imports directly from the Far East, with each store stocking more than 3,000 authentic Chinese foods and products.
•The centre of Birmingham hosts a Chinese pagoda, a gift from Wing Yip and his brothers as a thank you to the city which enabled their business to become so successful. The pagoda is hand carved from solid granite and stands 40 ft high. Created in China, it was shipped over to the UK in sections and assembled on site.
•In 2008 Mr Wing Yip was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University.
•2010 was a successful year for the leading Oriental grocer Wing Yip. The year commenced with Mr Wing Yip being awarded an OBE for services to the Oriental food industry in the New Year Honours List, shortly followed by Mr Wing Yip receiving a lifetime achievement award at the World Food Awards.
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