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Chinese New Year at Jesus College

Last week many of the Oxford colleges hosted celebrations for Chinese New Year!

At Jesus College, the quads were adorned with Chinese lanterns and traditional decorations, flown over from China, to mark the occasion.

Chinese students in college designed a delicious, authentic menu for a celebratory formal hall:


Five Spice Pork Spare Ribs

Hot and Sour Noodle Soup

Vegetable Spring Rolls with dips


Three Cup Chicken

Tofu Sweet and Sour

Chinese Greens

Vegetable egg Noodle

Fried Rice


Steamed Mango Sponge Cake with Coconut Ice Cream

Almond Bean Curd wit Fresh Fruit in Ginger Syrup

Guests ate with chopsticks (or tried at least!) and the food was all laid out on the table, rather than each plate being served individually, to create the social sharing of dishes that students might experience at home.

Then there was the entertainment; guests enjoyed musical performances from traditional Chinese musical instruments, such as pipa and guzheng.

Jesus College hosts international formals each term, where students from all around the world design bespoke menus and share their favourite dishes from home. The College are looking to expand this, to mark various international celebrations, as they have done with Chinese New Year.

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