Chinese New Year Foods
Chinese New Year Foods in Chinese culture
Cuisine culture is an important part of chinese culture,Some time,Chinese people regard food and drink as the most important, because food and drink is the primary need of human! And there are many Chinese proverb about it , for example “The one who lives a well material life has a better mental life" "Dining and inercourse bewteen male and female are the most basic and important requirement.”, etc.
Chinese New Year Foods in daily greeting
When British meet or person start a topic, they often talk about trhe weather, but when two of some chinese people meet or ttogether, they will ask“Have you eaten yet?" Also known as the Chinese New Year throughout the west. Many of the traditions of Chinese New Year center around food either being cooked or eaten.
A reunion dinner is held on New Year's Eve where members of the family, near and far away, get together for the celebration. The venue will usually be in or near the home of the most senior member of the family. The New Year's Eve dinner is very sumptuous and traditionally includes chicken and fish. In some areas, fish is included, but not eaten completely sounds the same as "may there be fish every year."In mainland China, many families will banter whilst watching the CCTV New Year's Gala in the hours before midnight.
Red packets for the immediate family are sometimes distributed during the reunion dinner. These packets often contain money in certain numbers that reflect good luck and honorability. Several foods are consumed to usher in wealth, happiness, and good fortune. Several of the Chinese food names are homophones for words that also mean good things.
Chinese New Year Foods：Buddha's delight
An elaborate vegetarian dish served by Chinese families on the eve and the first day of the New Year. A type of black hair-like algae, pronounced "fat choy" in Cantonese, is also featured in the dish for its name, which sounds like "prosperity". Hakkas usually serve kiu nyuk
Chinese New Year Foods: Fish
Is usually eaten or merely displayed on the eve of Chinese New Year. The pronunciation of fish makes it a homophone for "surpluses".
Chinese New Year Foods: Jau gok
The main Chinese new year dumpling. It is believed to resemble ancient Chinese gold ingots Eaten traditionally in northern China because the preparation is similar to packaging luck inside the dumpling, which is later eaten.
Mandarin oranges Mandarin oranges are the most popular and most abundant fruit during Chinese New Year – jin ju translation: golden tangerine/orange or kam in Cantonese. Also, the name gik in Teochew dialect is a homophone of "luck" or "fortune"
Chinese New Year Foods: Melon seed/Kwatji
Chinese New Year Foods: :Nian gao
Most popular in eastern China (Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai) because its pronunciation is a homophone for "a more prosperous year Nian gao is also popular in the Philippines because of its large Chinese population and is known as "tikoy" there. Known as Chinese New Year pudding, nian gao is made up of glutinous rice flour, wheat starch, salt, water, and sugar. The colour of the sugar used determines the colour of the pudding (white or brown).
Chinese New Year Foods:Noodles
Families may serve uncut noodles, which represent longevity and long life, though this practice is not limited to the new year.
Chinese New Year Foods: Sweets
Sweets and similar dried fruit goods are stored in a red or black Chinese candy box.
Chinese New Year Foods: Bakkwa
Chinese salty-sweet dried meat, akin to jerky, which is trimmed of the fat, sliced, marinated and then smoked for later consumption or as a gift.
Chinese New Year Foods: Taro cakes
Made from the vegetable taro, the cakes are cut into squares and often fried.
Turnip cakes A dish made of shredded radish and rice flour, usually fried and cut into small squares.
Chinese New Year Foods: ：Yusheng or Yee sang
Raw fish salad. Eating this salad is said to bring good luck. This dish is usually eaten on the seventh day of the New Year, but may also be eaten throughout the period.