Tradditional foods in Chines New Year


During the Chinese Lunar New Year party dumplings, roast duck, etc., which offer good wishes and hope can not be missed.

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1 Niangao

In Chinese, glutinous rice cake – Niángāo sounds like it means “getting higher year-on- by year”. In Chinese people’s minds, this means the higher you are the more prosperous your business is a general improvement in life. The main ingredients of niangao are sticky rice, sugar, chestnuts, Chinese dates, and lotus leaves.

2 Jiaozi

Jiaozi symbolizes wealth and hope for a bright future. Considered a lucky dish because these cakes look like Chinese coins. Most of the region is made in traditional semicircle cakes.  According to the custom of the Chinese, before the new year’s eve the whole family has to prepare the cakes  and eat after midnight. The family gathering packs of firewood in the serene atmosphere of the New Year. It is considered lucky if someone in the family members can find a coin in their cake.

Chūnjuǎn – Spring rolls via chefsteps

3 Yu Sheng – Fish Salad

Traditional Chinese New Year foods can not be completed without the Yu Sheng fish salad. Traditional Chinese traditional Chinese rolls can not be called complete without Yu Sheng (also known as Lo Hei), a colorful salad of fresh fish and vegetables. In recent years, the ingredients have become increasingly abundant, including jellyfish, papaya, sweet potatoes, pickles and more.

4 Good Fortune Fruit — Fullness and Wealth

Certain fruits are eaten during the Chinese New Year period, such as tangerines and oranges, and pomeloes. They are selected as they are particularly round and “golden” in color, symbolizing fullness and wealth, but more obviously for the lucky sound they bring when spoken.

5 Chángshòu Miàn- Longevity noodles

This is a wish for longevity. Their length and unsevered preparation are also symbolic of the eater’s life.  They are longer than normal noodles and uncut, either fried and served on a plate or boiled and served in a bowl with their brot

6 Tāngyuán – Sweet rice ball

It  is the main food for China’s Lantern Festival, however, in south China, people eat them throughout the Spring Festival. The pronunciation and round shape of tangyuan are associated with reunion and being together. That’s why they are favored by the Chinese during the New Year celebrations

Jiaozi via The Daily Nexus

7 Chūnjuǎn – Spring rolls

It gets their name because they are traditionally eaten during the Spring Festival. It is a dish especially popular in East China: Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Fujian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, etc.  Spring rolls are a Cantonese dim sum dish of cylindrical-shaped rolls filled with vegetables, meat, or something sweet. Fillings are wrapped in thin dough wrappers, then fried, when the spring rolls are given their golden-yellow color.

8 Suāncài – Chinese dumplings

Chinese don’t eat Chinese suāncài – Chinese dumplings at Spring Festival because it implies a poor and difficult future. On New Year’s Eve it is a tradition to eat dumplings with cabbage and radish, implying that one’s skin will become fair and one’s mood will become gentle.

9 Lawei – Cured Meats

Flayed giant fish, ducks, and skeins of Chinese sausage hang from racks and poles, drying and curing in preparation for Chinese New Year, and echoing ancient sacrifices that took place in the dying days of the year after winter solstice. Historically, during layue, the 12th lunar month, year-end animal sacrifices of pigs, poultry, and fish were made to the gods. All that was left after the gods were finished needed to be saved, leading to the development of techniques for meat-drying and preservation.

10 Beijing roasted duck

Peking Duck is a famous specialty dish in Northeast China, especially in Beijing. The typical duck’s skin after roasted is thin, crispy, dark yellow, many restaurants serve this dishes. Big fat Peking Duck was shot in the big fire, the restaurant slices meat and skin for the guests, the remaining bone was stewed to cook the soup. This dish probably derives from the Nguyen dynasty (1206-1368) to the beginning of the 15th century, this dish was famous for the Ming dynasty loved it. Peking Duck, along with Beijing’s “Peking Opera”, is proud to own its own brand when it comes to Beijing’s culture for foreigners.

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