On Chinese New Year‘s eve, it’s important to eat specific foods because each food has a different meaning. This meaning could be based on a pun of the word because there are only about 100 sounds, but there are 100,000 variations on the those 100 sounds. Or something like that. I don’t actually know because I don’t have the time to count these words. The meaning could also be based on Chinese mythology.
|Cheesecake or “qi suh ca ke” is a homonym of “air color card class, which is from an Ancient Chinese myth where Lu Ke practices air martial arts aka telekinesis from a small green colored kung-fu master.|
Fish is important because fish is called “Yu,” and there’s a phrase that says “Nian Nian Yo Yu.” Roughly translated, “nian nian yo you” means every year full of abundance. To eat fish during Chinese New Year is essentially a good luck charm so that you will never want and always have more than enough. Hopefully, you’ll be a good person and give back to the community because Karma loves all races.
Noodles are fantastic for Chinese New Year because it’s your life string. Like the Greek, cutting the life string is bad because you’re cutting your life short. Long noodles means you live longer, so you want to make sure that when cooking the noodles, you don’t break them. Chewing is fine because your body has already incorporated it. Just make sure you don’t cut the noodle with your teeth so that some of it’s still on your chopsticks. You can reduce that by slurping!
It literally means year cake. It’s when you take glutinous rice or sticky rice, grind it up, and turn it into a rice pastry. It’s very chewy and is essentially a slab of Mochi that’s more condensed and without some delicious filling.
|It’s pretty much the ice cream equivalent of opium. | From LA Times|
Gao is also a pun on “tall,” so you could say it’s a tall year or rather “a rising year.” Once again, eating this helps promote your luck for the next year.
Dumplings are like little treasure chests. The outside noodle covers the delicious meat (or vegetable… eh) inside! It’s like a treasure chest where the wooden outside holds the ultimate prize: gold!
|I’ll take the gold. Thanks. | From Dailymail.|
Not only that, but dumplings look like Chinese gold pieces known as Yuan Bao.
|I’d rather have the dumpling. From Kitcomm|
|Yep, I stand by my choice. | From the Asian Grandmother’s Cookbook|
Eating dumplings signifies that you will have good fortune and a full stomach!
I’m up here in Spokane while my family called me and gloated about all the things they ate. They did exactly what I would have done!
Instead, my wife and I ate these:
|I can still hear my parents’ taunting laughter… | From i heart publix|
Don’t forget that next Monday, you’re supposed to eat soup based Mochi with your family! The round shape and many of them in your soup symbolize family togetherness!