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  • 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?

  • 1. Long life noodles.

  • Wish everyone and yourself a long life by eating very long noodles without cutting them.

  • Slurping is allowedyour longevity is at stake.

  • 2. Dumplings.

  • 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.

  • I am a millionaire!

  • 3. Spring rolls.

  • If you didn't get rich from all those dumplings before, that's ok.

  • Have some spring rolls, which represent solid gold bars.

  • Wow, 14 karats!

  • 4. A whole fish.

  • Having the head and the tail of the fish symbolizes a good beginning and a good ending for the coming year.

  • Also, the word "fish" in Chinese sounds like the word for "surplus."

  • 5. Festive fruits.

  • 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 percent and short the rest.

  • To your success!

  • 6. Year cake.

  • 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!

  • 7. Sweet rice dumplings.

  • 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?

  • 8. The togetherness box.

  • This is a quan he.

  • It's a collection of snacksmostly 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!

  • (Cantonese) Kung hei fat choi!

Happy Lunar New Year!

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8 Lucky Lunar New Year Foods

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    Estelle posted on 2020/01/22
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