Sunday, 30 December 2018

What is Special in Chinese New Year Food?

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Chinese New Year Food: Chinese New Year

The boring holidays are over we’re thinking about Chinese New Year food. Chinese New Year 2019 is just around the corner on February 5th to 19th and 2019 will be the year of the pig. While it’s not something we celebrated growing up in small towns but there’s no reason to miss out on it as adults. You can see how we could get excited over Chinese New Year food we don’t even have to leave the city to experience it.

Some Chinese New Year Food

  • Bak kwa 
Bak kwa means barbecued pork but is more like a jerky that is sold during Chinese New Year. A few years back I shared an easy recipe for bak kwa, which is barbecue pork eaten at Chinese New Year, which eats really more like a jerky.

  • Spring Rolls
Spring rolls are an important part of the Spring Festival, which is part of the New Year. These iconic stuffed pastry rolls are eaten by hundreds of thousands of people during the Chinese New Year.
  • Decorated Jiaozi
Dumplings are another key part of any celebrations, these dumplings are often decorated with white thread or an edible silver color to make them special and positive for the Chinese New Year.
  • Crucian Carp
The sounds of words in the New Year celebrations is very significant, and as the word for fish sounds like surplus it is great to eat if you want abundance. Eating crucian carp is said to bring good luck and fortune for the coming year, and it is often steamed in a vinegar sauce or served in a broth.

Best Chinese new year food

  • Chiangshou Mian
The length of these noodles are taken as a sign for longevity for many people so they are often served fried or boiled in a noodle soup.
  • Nian Gao
These sweet rice cakes are ideal for a New Year banquet as they are sweet and tasty. The name also has a significance promising a prosperous New Year, with the most popular varieties made with chestnuts and dates.
  • Tangyuan
Another sweet treat popular during the Lantern Festival. These sweet rice balls are made by boiling the rice flour and often include fillings such as chocolate paste, fruit preserves or a sesame paste.
  • Chinese Mud Carp
Fish is a popular Chinese New Year food, and this species is popular during the festival, as it is common to eat more than one species of fish to try to multiply the positive effect for the coming year.
  • Tangerines
Fresh fruit is another important type Chinese New Year food.  The full shape and golden colour of the tangerine is significant. As is the sound of the name in Chinese, which is similar to the word for success.

Top Chinese new year food

  • New Year Cake
Many different types of cake are common during the festival. Yet one that is popular in eastern China is prepared with glutinous rice flour. It is combined with brown sugar and provides a sticky sweet texture.
  • Rouwan
Particularly popular in the Sichuan area of the country, these meatballs are fried until crisp and then served in a sweet and sour sauce. Rouwan are believed to be a sign of the reunions to come in the New Year.
  • Miswa Noodles
Long noodles are said to bring long life. These noodles are most commonly served in a broth with pig intestines that have been fried, which is a lot tastier than it sounds!
  • Laba Congee
This porridge type dish is made with beans, rice and nuts, and often includes dried fruit or tofu. Laba Congee is commonly eaten during the Spring Festival, although tradition dictates it should be eaten on the eighth day of the twelfth month of the year too.

Special Chinese new year food

  • Pomelo
Chinese New Year Food: Pomelos are popular to eat during these celebrations. Also known as a shaddock, this type of citrus fruit is larger than a grapefruit. It has a tasty sweet flavor, and the name also has a particular significance for the New Year.
  • Oranges
These tasty citrus fruit are common throughout the celebrations.  Eating oranges during the New Year celebrations is said to bring good luck to the individual in the year to come.
  • Luo Buo Gao
This type of turnip cake can be prepared in several ways depending on the region. Yet it is usually steamed or fried. Luo buo gao sounds like the Chinese word for fortune so it’s considered a good dish to eat during the celebrations.
  • Catfish
Fish and dumplings are a common meal during the New Year. For those who have just one fish for several meals it is traditional to eat the upper part of the catfish on the eve of the New Year, and the remainder on the first day of the New Year.
  • Fried Chicken
Many families will serve a whole fried chicken as a centerpiece to their New Year celebrations. In order to signify unity for the coming year, it is important that the head and the feet of the chicken are not removed before cooking.