Essential Chinese New Year Dishes and Their Meanings

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Just like any other celebrations, the Chinese New Year will not be complete without the presence of all the delicious food to share with the family. In fact the dishes usually served for the occasion are so much more than filling our appetite, as they are also heavily in symbolic meanings. Let’s explore all the food that we are going to eat to welcome the Rooster Year.

Dumplings 
How to Make Chinese Dumplings from Scratch - The ultimate guide to making Chinese dumplings from scratch. The dough can be used for both boiled dumplings (shui jiao, 水饺) and potstickers (guo tie, 锅贴) | omnivorescookbook.com
The classic Chinese Food is traditionally eaten during the Chinese New Year. It is believed that the more dumplings you eat during the CNY celebrations, the more money you will make during the year.

Fish
Authentic Chinese Steamed Fish | omnivorescookbook.com

In Chinese word for “fish” sounds like the Chinese word for “surplus”. The fish should be the last dish left with some leftover to symbolizes there being surpluses every year.

Longevity Noodles
Healthy ONE PAN longevity noodles | thealmondeater.com
As the names suggests, this dish symbolizes a long life. The length and perseverance in prepping the dish symbolizes the life eater’s life.  

Sweet Rice Balls
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It is actually the main food for China’s Lantern Festival. However, due to the round shape and the name associated with togetherness of the family, this dish is also favored for the Chinese New Year Celebrations.

Tangerines
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The gold-colored citrus fruits symbolize prosperity and good luck. Tangerines, however, is more special considering the Chinese word for tangerine and gold is virtually the same. So expect to have tangerines everywhere, including as decorations. Also note that with their stem and leaves on represent longevity.

So what is your favourite Chinese New Year Dish? Tell us at the comments, also don’t forget to check our special collection for Chinese New Year.

 

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