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10 Lucky Kinds of Food to Welcome the Chinese New Year

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Feb 17, 2015

Round Desserts

Like hopia and egg tart, round desserts are being served to visitors and guests during the Chinese New Year celebration as it signifies a bound family.

Hopia with Mung Bean; photo from en.wikipedia.org

It is also like the Filipino version of moon cakes being served during the mid-Autumn Festival.

Egg Tart; photo from en.wikipedia.org


In Chinese culture, it symbolizes fidelity. The duck dish is usually served Peking style.

Peking Duck; photo from en.wikipedia.org


It symbolizes wealth and prosperity. Its shape resembles money like the gold and silver ingots in ancient China.

Siomai; photo from en.wikipedia.org

Whole Fish

To attract happiness and wealth in the coming year, serve a whole fish. The head and tail must still be intact to avoid bad luck throughout the year.

Steamed Fish; photo from en.wikipedia.org

Fish is considered lucky because of its Chinese word “yu” which sounds like the word for surplus, richness or abundance.

Round Fruits

Fruits like as oranges, grapefruit and pineapples because of their golden color and round shape that symbolizes good fortune.

Mandarin Oranges; photo from en.wikipedia.org

And, the pineapple resembles the Hokkien word for “prosperity.”


Another popular dish served not only Chinese New Years but also in other important occasions such as birthdays is pancit. 

Chow Mein; photo from en.wikipedia.org

It is believed that uncut noodles symbolize long life.

Suggestion: Pancit Canton


In Chinese culture, oysters are considered lucky.

Steamed Oysters; photo from en.wikipedia.org

Not only it is a popular aphrodisiac, oysters served in welcoming the Chinese New Year particularly the dried ones are said to direct prosperity toward good business.


Shrimp resembles the sound of laughter in Mandarin.

Drunken Shrimps; photo from en.wikipedia.org

When served during the Chinese New Year, the dish symbolizes well-being and happiness.


It is the most popular delicacy in celebrating the Chinese New Year in the Philippines. Tikoy is made from glutinous rice mixed with water, sugar and lard. The tikoys are usually brown or white, now there are other popular colors and flavors such as the green ones for pandan and purple for ube.

Tikoy; photo from en.wikipedia.org

Tikoy is considered lucky as it symbolizes achieving new heights in the coming year.


It is said that by eating green vegetables your body is being cleansed.

Chopsuey topped on rice; photo from en.wikipedia.org

Another vegetable being served during the celebration is the black moss as it symbolizes prosperity and resembles the Chinese word for “prosperous.” It is usually served with oysters and mushrooms.

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