Today, cooking holiday meals is falling out of fashion as it takes a lot of time and effort to prepare. More and more people are turning to alternative dine-out options such holidays such as Chinese New Year. Independent Chinese restaurants that stay open during Chinese New Year tend to increase profits by a significant amount in comparison to average days. To appeal to these holiday diners, we suggest Chinese restaurants adding these lucky foods to their menu during Chinese New Year.
Crisp and crunchy, spring rolls are deep-fried and golden-brown which makes them resemble gold bars. Filled with colourful and delicious fillings, spring rolls are traditionally eaten during the spring festival for its symbolism for wealth.
The word for fish in Chinese, yu is a homophone for the word surplus. Though they are words with different meanings, they sound alike. Because of that, having a steamed whole fish during Chinese New Year is now an age-old tradition to ensure there is an abundance of everything in the coming year. It is also important to serve the fish whole to signify the New Year has a good beginning and end.
Chinese legend has it that the more dumplings you eat during Chinese New Year, you’ll make more money and gain more wealth. This is because dumplings are traditionally wrapped in a way that resembles gold, boat-like ingots.
The word for glutinous rice cake niangao sounds like the New Year wish of being higher and taller by the year. For that reason, rice cake is consumed in the hope that kids will be taller every year, businesses will make higher profits and every aspect of life will be better in the New Year.
Shaped like spheres and served in hot ginger soup, sweet rice dumplings, or tangyuan, signify togetherness and reunion. During Chinese New Year, families and couples indulge in these sweet desserts for its positive symbolism.
The extended length of the noodles symbolises longevity. For that reason, these noodles are longer than normal noodles and uncut. However, the longevity noodles can be cooked in a myriad of ways, from pan-fried to boiled in a soup broth.
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