The Chinese New Year 4713 begins on Feb. 19, 2015 and it is the year of the Sheep. The New Year is an opportunity to honor family and friends and to enjoy some culinary traditions. At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children “lucky money” in red envelopes.
These are some food we should have on hand to ensure a prosperous and happy year to come, if we want to join this long celebration of Chinese New Year.
Each dish served for Chinese New Year is related to prosperity, longevity, children, harmony etc. If you are superstitious and want to savor them, read below some of the luckiest dishes.
Are you looking for new height achievements in the coming year? Then try Nian Gao.The steamed sweets are made of glutinous rice flour, brown sugar, and oil. Some versions have white sesame seeds, red dates, or nuts in them.
Jai This vegetarian dish is eaten because it is part of the Buddhist culture to cleanse yourself with vegetables. It’s also packed with good-luck foods, breaking it down by ingredient: sea moss for prosperity; lotus seeds for children/birth of sons; noodles for longevity; lily buds to send 100 years of harmonious union.
The dough is wrapped around pork and cabbage and then boiled. Served with vinegar and soy sauce. During New Year celebrations jiaozi are called yuanbao, a reference to the ancient, ingot-shaped Chinese currency, and that eating them is said to bring prosperity.
The Tray of Togetherness
The 8 compartments of the tray are filled with things such as preserved kumquats for prosperity, coconut for togetherness, longans to bring many sons, and red melon seeds for happiness.
What about drinking? There is a long list of Chinese New year drinks that shall be the best choice for your Chinese themed New Year’s Party like:
Mango Margarita, one of the simplest yet the most delicious of drinks which uses minimal ingredients like tequila, mango liqueur and lime juice to give you an interesting mix.
Red Lotus cocktail is made out of Lichido liqueur, vodka and cranberry juice, this delicately flavoured drink is sure to become one of your favorites.
Ginger Beer Fizz is a home favorite cocktail. Made with Tsingtao Pure draft Beer, ginger beer and garnished with slices of ginger, not only will this appeal to your eclectic tastes but is also beneficial medicinally.