10 Lucky Kinds of Food to Welcome the Chinese New Year
Belle Piccio | Feb 17, 2015
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.
It is also like the Filipino version of moon cakes being served during the mid-Autumn Festival.
In Chinese culture, it symbolizes fidelity. The duck dish is usually served Peking style.
It symbolizes wealth and prosperity. Its shape resembles money like the gold and silver ingots in ancient China.
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.
Fish is considered lucky because of its Chinese word “yu” which sounds like the word for surplus, richness or abundance.
Fruits like as oranges, grapefruit and pineapples because of their golden color and round shape that symbolizes good fortune.
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.
It is believed that uncut noodles symbolize long life.
Suggestion: Pancit Canton
In Chinese culture, oysters are considered lucky.
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.
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 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.
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.