You Can Celebrate Chinese New Year With Lu Ban Kitchen’s Online Charity Cookalong

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer


You even receive a Lucky Red envelope in your box.

Chinese New Year is almost here! With us all still stuck indoors, that Chinese restaurant feast will have to wait, or does it? Lu Ban Kitchen in Liverpool has joined forces with national blood cancer charity, Leukaemia Care, to host a night of virtual cooking and fundraising on Chinese New Year’s Eve.

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The event on February 11 will be hosted by Lu Ban restaurant executive head chef, Dave Critchley, who will guide you through how to make the perfect Chinese meal using a specially created Lu Ban Cooks Box – featuring aromatic herbs and spices for an authentic Chinese meal for two. The menu for the Chinese New Year event includes Lu Ban chicken in chilli, Chinese greens, with cardamom and coconut rice. Vegetarians will be able to swap the chicken for an alternative option such as tofu or tempeh.

Lu Ban Kitchen, which launched in November last year, offers authentic Chinese restaurant quality meals via its ‘Heat at Home’ and ‘Banquet Boxes’ cooked by the Lu Ban Restaurant team. Director of Lu Ban Kitchen, Mark House, said: “We know that this lockdown has been hard for people and for charities, so when we were approached by the great Leukaemia Care team, we jumped at the chance to help bring some fun to an evening and to help raise funds for those who we know will be affected by Leukaemia. We can’t wait to have an evening of fun and learning with our specially created fundraising box.”

You can find the Lu Ban Cooks boxes for the charity event on the Lu Ban Kitchen website, which cost £15 (including UK-wide delivery), with £5 from every box sold supporting the work of Leukaemia Care. Plus, in true Chinese New Year tradition, each box will also contain a Lucky Red envelope, with one of them containing a golden ticket for a special Lu Ban Kitchen prize.

Participants will receive a recipe card with their Lu Ban Cooks box, however they will need to purchase the ingredients for the meal and to do a bit of prepping before the Zoom event. No one needs to see you cry as you’re chopping onions. And if you fancy showing off your creation on social media, you can use the hashtag #lubancookalong.

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