8 Lucky Lunar New Year Foods
Happy Lunar New Year! This time of year is all about good wishes but did you know that many of these good wishes are edible? Here are eight lucky New Year foods in the Chinese tradition and why they’re lucky Now, where to start? Wish everyone and yourself a long life
By eating very long noodles without cutting them Slurping is allowed — your longevity is at stake You never need an excuse to eat dumplings but now you have a reason to eat MORE! These are ingots They used to be a form of currency in China
And they were made of gold and silver and dumplings look like them The idea is the more you eat, the more money you’ll have If you didn’t get rich from all those dumplings before, that’s ok Have some spring rolls which represent solid gold bars *CRUNCH*
Wow, 14 karats! Having the head and the tail of the fish symbolises a good beginning and a good ending for the coming year Also, the word ‘fish’ in Chinese sounds like the word for ‘surplus’ See how bright and round these oranges are? Just like a big lump of gold
Which is why they’re a symbol of wealth And the word ‘orange’ in Chinese sounds like the word for ‘success’ Here are some liquid assets I prepared earlier I want you to dump 40 per cent and short the rest To your success! This is nian gao, a sweet and sticky cake made of glutinous rice flour
Nian gao means year cake, but it also sounds exactly the same as ‘nian gao’ which is the word ‘year’ followed by the word ‘tall’ So may each new year be taller for you May you reach new heights: a promotion, a raise,
More cake! More cake? I don’t mind a-tall! New Year is all about family reunions For dessert we eat tang yuan and we say ‘tuan tuan yuan yuan’ ‘Tuan yuan’ means reunion and ‘yuan’ means round
So the aim is to have the whole family around the table together and the rice ball is round like the table It’s pun for the whole family! Where’s my family? This is a quan he It’s a collection of snacks — mostly sweets
For visitors or for me Mostly for me These are melon seeds or ‘gua zi’ It sounds a lot like the saying ‘nian sheng gui zi’ which means ‘to give birth to sons’
What about daughters? I’m a daughter Mum, what about daughters?! These are lotus seeds or ‘lian zi’ Again, it sounds like that whole ‘give birth to sons’ thing Or daughters!
These are lotus roots They’re called ‘lian ou’ which sounds like the word for abundance And these are white rabbit lollies, because compulsory Hold on abundance, giving birth to children, rabbits, seeds, fertility Mum, are you sending me a message through this box?
How did we get from ‘No dating!’ to ‘Where are my grandchildren?’ A conversation for another time, perhaps Of course there are many ways to celebrate the New Year with food Let us know your favourites in the comments below And a happy new year to you!
Kung hei fat choi! ACTION!