Lucky Foods to Eat on Chinese New Year

Along with attending community festivals and celebrations, Chinese New Year is all about the food. Family and friends gather together to enjoy a large meal to welcome the new year. As you may already know, good luck and fortune is very important to the Chinese culture, and food is no exception.

Today, we’re going to share with you a list of lucky foods to eat on Chinese New Year. Keep reading to find out which foods are lucky to the Chinese, and the reason why.

Noodles: Long noodles signify a long life.  There is even a “long life noodle” that is especially popular this time of year and during birthdays. Noodles can be served with soup, or in a stir fry dish.

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Nian Gao: The direct translation of this food is “year cake.” In Chinese, the word “gao” sounds like the word for “high”  so eating nian gao signifies reaching new heights in the new year. Nian gao is a sweet glutinous rice cake that is cut up into slices and served.

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Fish: One dish that cannot be forgotten is fish. In Chinese, the word fish sounds similar to the word that means plenty and abundance. By serving fish, we are wishing abundance of food and luck to our families. Steamed whole with soy sauce is a popular way to serve the fish.

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Dumplings: Dumplings are commonly served on Chinese New Year in Northern China because of their shape. Dumplings are shaped like yuan bao, which are gold coins, representing prosperity.

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Radish/Turnip Cake: While it is served year around at Chinese dimsum restaurants, the radish cake is especially popular during Chinese New Year. The word radish sounds like “good fortune” in Chinese. The radish cake is usually steamed and  made with radish, turnip, or daikon and rice flour as the base, with pieces of Chinese sausage, dried shrimp, and mushrooms mixed in.

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All of these lucky foods, along with and many others, are served to friends and family for Chinese New Year to wish everyone good luck and fortune for the new year. Which one of these will you try for Chinese New Year? Let us know in the comments below!


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