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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 allowed — your 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 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!
(Cantonese) Kung hei fat choi!
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8 Lucky Lunar New Year Foods

1279 Folder Collection
Estelle published on December 8, 2019    Estelle translated    Steve reviewed
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