Celebrate the Chinese New Year
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Food is a huge part of the Chinese new year celebration. Many of the foods served are symbolic in some way, often because their name has a double meaning or sounds like another word, or they resemble something else.
Dumplings are very common on this and other Chinese holidays because of their shape. They resemble the Chinese ingot. The dumplings can be filled with a variety of ingredients including pork, chicken, or vegetarian.
Long noodles are another commonly served food. The length of the noodle symbolizes a long life. You want to be careful not to break the noodles when eating them.
Other items you'll often find at a Chinese new year feast include whole fish or chicken, tangerines and oranges, and steamed cakes like rice cakes.
Jiaozi - Chinese Dumplings Made with all-purpose flour, water, ground pork or beef, soy sauce, salt, rice wine or dry sherry, white pepper, sesame oil, green onion stovetop Yu Sang (Chinese New Year Salad) Made with preserved ginger, pickled scallions, kaffir lime leaves, Red Thai chiles, green onions, cilantro, lime or lemon, peanuts, fried shrimp chips or fried rice stick noodles, sesame seeds Steamed Chinese-Style Snapper Made with cilantro, snapper fillets, salt and pepper, rice wine or dry white wine, fresh ginger, soy sauce, garlic, green onions, sesame oil stovetop Long-Life Noodles With Shrimp Made with green onions, garlic, vegetable oil, white pepper, sugar, cornstarch, large shrimp, dried black mushrooms, salt, dried fine egg noodles stovetop New Year's Cake (Neen Gow) Made with egg, Chinese dried red dates, brown candy, vegetable oil, glutinous rice flour, white sesame seeds stovetop Long-Life Noodles With Green Tea Made with udon noodles, canola oil, loose green tea leaves, fresh ginger, garlic, baked tofu, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, scallions, soy sauce stovetop