Ready For CNY Anot? Here Are 8 Simple Hacks To Help Every Kiasu Asian Prep Like A Pro

Looking for some last-minute preparation ideas for the occasion? Lai, check out these tips!

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Are you all stocked up for Chinese New Year?

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It's that time of year for spring cleanings galore and cooking up hearty CNY feasts for the whole family to enjoy, yasss. This means you have to be equipped with the necessary ingredients and tools to prepare for all the festivities.

If you've left it all to the last minute, dun worry, we gotchu fam. :D

Here are eight simple hacks to help you prep for CNY like a pro:

1. Use quality cooking oils when cooking up your favourite CNY meals

From fried fish to roasted duck, we all loveeee our CNY food, but it's important to always ensure our cooking oil is of good quality. For example, when cooking up your feast, opt for cooking oils that are known for their health benefits and are rich in good vitamins.

You can use: Red Eagle Cooking Oil
Serving fried fish for your CNY feast? With Red Eagle Cooking Oil, your dish will carry a tantalising peanut sesame aroma, mmmm. 

2. To add extra flavour to your CNY dishes, you can always add a 'secret ingredient' to spice things up a lil, mmmm

For most Chinese dishes, using special condiments are always welcome, as it can take the dish to the next level. From fried onion oil to fried garlic oil, just adding a spoonful gives your meals that extra 'kick'. It's definitely a must-have for your reunion dinner, so you can enhance and complement your already cooked dishes.

You can use: Red Eagle Fried Onion Oil and Fried Garlic Oil
Both of these oils can be paired with all kinds of dishes, and they are made with freshly fried onion and garlic bits, which gives them that crunchy texture. Infused with aromatic ingredients, your relatives will definitely keep coming back to add more crunchiness to their dishes!

3. Wanna indulge in your CNY meals guilt-free? Try to opt for premium oils to cook your meals in

Fortunately, there are some simple tweaks we can do to make our CNY dishes a lil healthier, without losing any of the delicious flavour. For instance, try using oils that are high in unsaturated fats, such as Omega-9 fatty acid, which is a kind of fatty acid usually present in olive oil. 

You can use: NeuVida Cooking Oil

With a high smoke point of 245° celcius, NeuVida Cooking Oil can withstand intense temperatures, which makes it suitable for high-heat cooking. This healthier oil contains 83% high oleic acid, which means you can consume your fried CNY meals without any guilt, hehe.

Made from sunflower seeds sourced from Argentina, it is an environmentally friendly choice, as it comes in a recyclable BioPET bottle.

4. Use lighter oils to make a yummy yee sang dressing

Using the right sauces and condiments is essential to make a drool-worthy yee sang. And yes, that includes the type of oil used. Whether you plan to use it for frying the wonton skins or dressing the entire meal, choosing a health-conscious oil brand is a step in the right direction.

You can use: SunLico Sunflower Oil
SunLico is made with 100% pure, top-quality sunflower seed oil. Its light texture makes it perfect for simple cooking as well as for salad dressing.

5. To prevent CNY goodies like pineapple tarts from sticking to the tray, use cooking spray, so easy and convenient!

There's nothing worse than putting in a tray full of cookies in the oven, only for it to end up stuck and burnt to the tray, huhu. And no, using a spatula to scrape the cookies off isn't an option, as this could damage the tray as well as the cookies.

That's why a cooking spray will come in handy, as it will help grease the tray so your pineapple tarts will come out perfectly.

You can use: SunLico Spray
SunLico Spray is a lightweight, sunflower oil in a spray bottle. It's easy to apply, as all you have to do is to spray it on the surface to evenly coat the tray, and that's it!

6. When it comes to spring cleaning, it's best to use a floor cleaner that has aromatic properties to usher in a prosperous Chinese New Year

FYI, it's important to clean up the home before Chinese New Year, not on the day itself! Doing so will sweep away possible wealth and good fortune. With that said, spring cleaning can certainly be a tiring process, which is why you'll need all hands on deck to help out around the house. And, you'll need the proper cleaning essentials to do the job as well!

You can use: Kizz Brighster Floor Cleaner
For the Kizz Brighster Floor Cleaner, it has both Aroma Lock and Quick Dry Technology, which means it does a great job of keeping your floors smelling great and drying off in no time. Plus, it will leave your floors clean and shiny.

7. Invest in a cleaning spray to help get rid of all those stubborn stains from CNY cooking

There's no escaping it, your kitchen is going to be oily and greasy whilst making your CNY dishes. That's why you have to select a cleaning spray that will clean your kitchen effectively. It's also important to know how to use the cleaning products. For example, some need to be applied to the grease stains for a longer time for it to work its magic.

You can use: Kizz Kitchen Spray

The Kizz Kitchen Spray is best suited for Asian kitchens and households, as it is a 7-in-1 multifunctional spray that will clean your kitchen in no time!

8. Keep an eye out for all the huat deals during the festive season

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From discounts off at your preferred clothing store to free items, you can get so much bang for your buck and get rewarded with freebies along the way. For example, if you still wanna get traditional ang pow packets, there are plenty of stores that give them away when you purchase from them.

Here's a CNY deal you should get:

- The Treasure of Family
Courtesy of cooking oil brand Red Eagle, get a jar of fried garlic or onion oil worth RM12.50, by spending a minimum of RM30 on selected brands in a single receipt!

If you're planning to purchase any of the items listed above, make sure it all comes up to RM30 so you can redeem the fried garlic or onion oil to pair with your CNY meals, hehe. :D

Are you ready to apply these hacks for CNY? You can get all the items listed above from stores near you and on Lazada or Shopee.

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