These 5 Chinese foods could bring you luck and prosperity in 2018
CHINESE New Year celebrations are upon us. Families are throwing big reunions. Māmās, Nǎinais and Gūmās are in the kitchen cooking up feasts for the hungry masses and Hongbaos are being dished out to the children to bring them luck and prosperity.
Chinese New Year is all about bringing good luck and fortune to the year ahead and along with other traditions, such as the cash-filled red envelopes, there are some Chinese dishes which are considered lucky too.
Here are five delicious dishes poised to bring you a fortune and fill up your tum – a win-win situation.
Dayu Darou – A whole fish
Dayu Darou literally translates to “big fish or big meat’ and symbolizes abundance. The whole fish is an impressive centerpiece on the dinner table and is cooked according to provincial traditions.
In Hangzhou, it might be xi hu cu yu or West Lake vinegar fish, which is a whole carp steamed and then doused in a sweet vinegar sauce.
Southern China’s Guangdong Province traditionally drizzles the whole fish in soy sauce and sesame oil then sprinkles in ginger, chilli and shallots.
In East China’s Suzhou Province, a whole squirrelfish is deep fried and served with sweet and sour sauce – crispy and delicious.
Lawei – Cured meat
Over Chinese winter, flayed giant duck can be found hanging up around town and left to cure in time for Chinese New Year.
This tradition comes from ancient sacrificial rituals performed at the end of each year after the winter solstice.
People would offer pigs, poultry and fish to the gods, and once they had finished, whatever was left would be saved. This led to modern-day methods of drying and curing meats.
Around the time of Chinese New Year celebrations, these macabre-like decorations can be seen hanging from family-home windows and across washing lines.
Chun Juan – Spring rolls
These heavenly crispy rolls are named after the event they were originally made for: Spring Festival.
The golden color is supposed to resemble little bars of gold to encourage wealth and prosperity in the year to come.
The crunchy pastry is made from wheat flour dough and water and then traditionally filled with shredded carrots, shiitake mushrooms, cabbage, bean sprouts and pork.
Changshou Mian – Longevity noodles
These noodles are traditionally two-feet long and incredibly moreish. As well as Chinese New Year, these lengthy edibles come out on birthdays, too.
They are supposed to bring you a long life, and they certainly bring you a long slurp.
The noodles are usually served fried with oyster sauce, shiitake mushrooms, and bok choy or steamed in a vegetable packed broth.
Golden round fruits
As Chinese New Year always falls at the end of the winter months, fruit and vegetables are often limited. However, oranges, mandarins, kumquats and tangerines tend to thrive in the colder months.
They also all happen to be orange and goldish which means they fit perfectly into the prosperity and wealth factors that are so prevalent in Chinese culture, especially around the New Year celebrations.