Saturday, January 24, 2009

8 Chinese New Year Food Symbols for Happiness, Prosperity and Health

Care of Kah Joon Liow

Lucky Chinese New Year symbols are an important part of celebrating the Spring Festival. For it marks the start of spring and a perfect time to have your New Year wishes come true.

And what better way to usher in happiness, prosperity and health than to enjoy "auspicious food" with family and friends?

Here are the Top 8 auspicious food symbols for Chinese New Year.

These delicious dishes are served during the reunion dinner on Chinese New Year's eve with family members.

Top 8 Auspicious Food Symbols for Chinese New Year

1. Hot Pot
A steaming hot pot (or Chinese fondue) with meat, seafood and vegetables is a must. The Chinese word as for Hot Pot means “prosperous and booming.”

2. Fish
Another must-have dish if you want to experience abundance in the New Year.

Fish is the most popular dish served during Chinese New Year. In Chinese the word for fish has the same sound as “surplus” and “abundance.” Typically, a whole fish is served on Chinese New Year’s Eve for the reunion dinner. Usually the fish is steamed. It is a good omen to leave the bones and head and tail intact. It symbolizes surplus, abundance and a good beginning and end in the new year. Fish is best served whole.

3. Shrimp
Eat shrimp for overall happiness and well-being.

4. Boiled Dumplings
A Chinese New Year tradition is eating boiled dumplings. They are shaped like gold ingots.

The Chinese word for dumplings means the hour of transition into the New Year. In northern China, dumplings filled with meat are eaten on Chinese New Year’s eve to usher in good luck and wealth in the New Year. Sometimes a coin is placed in one of the dumplings. Whoever bites on it will have plenty of wealth in the new year.

When dumplings and yellow noodles are cooked together they mean “golden threads through gold ingots.” In the eastern cities of China, like Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou, egg dumplings are eaten as they look like gold ingots.

5. Oysters
The word for oyster is similar to the word which means “good things.” In southern China, oysters are served with thin rice noodles.

6. Green vegetables
Typical New Year’s menus include plenty of green vegetables. They are believed to be good for close family ties.

7. Sticky Rice Cake
Eating these steamed cakes made of rice flour and topped with red dates has the meaning of attaining greater prosperity and rank in the new year.

8. Noodles
Often referred to as "longevity noodles,” they offer a wish for good fortune, good luck, prosperity, longevity, happiness and abundance, which are central to the Chinese way of life. Even more so during Chinese New Year!

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