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TRADITIONAL CHINESE NEW YEAR FOOD

Chinese New Year, also Lunar New Year, is a significant holiday in China that celebrates the start of a new lunar year. Families have to come together, exchange gifts, and enjoy traditional foods. The food served during Chinese New Year is essential to the celebration and holds great cultural significance. Here are some of the most famous traditional foods that are performed during Chinese New Year:


Dumplings (Jiaozi) Dumplings are a must-have during Chinese New Year as they symbolize wealth and good fortune. They are made with a wonton wrapper and a filling, such as ground pork, beef, or vegetables, in a thin dough wrapper and then steamed or boiled.

Fish - Fish is another popular food during Chinese New Year as it symbolizes abundance and prosperity. It is traditionally served whole and considered auspicious to have a whole fish on the table for "abundance."

Nian Gao - Nian Gao is a sweet, sticky rice cake staple during Chinese New Year. It symbolizes a good and sweet year ahead and is believed to bring good luck.

Spring Rolls (Chun Juan) - Spring rolls are another popular food during Chinese New Year, and they symbolize wealth and good fortune. Usually filled with a mixture of meat, vegetables, and noodles and are fried until golden and crispy.

Fried Rice (Fan) - Fried rice is a staple dish in Chinese cuisine, and it is often served during Chinese New Year as a symbol of prosperity. It is made with cooked rice that is stir-fried with various ingredients, such as eggs, vegetables, and meats.

Whole Chicken - A whole chicken is often served during Chinese New Year to symbolize family unity and togetherness. It is usually steamed or roasted and served with soy sauce, ginger, and scallion dipping sauce.

Sweet Rice Balls (Tang Yuan) - Sweet Rice Balls are small, round balls made from glutinous rice flour and are a traditional dessert during Chinese New Year. They are often served in sweet syrup and symbolize togetherness and unity.

Longevity Noodles (Changshou Mian) - Longevity noodles are a traditional food during Chinese New Year and symbolize a long life. They are usually made from wheat flour and are served in soup or stir-fried.

Tangerines and Oranges - Tangerines and oranges are traditional foods during Chinese New Year and are believed to bring good luck and wealth. They are often placed in bowls around the home and are given as gifts to friends and family.


Chinese New Year is an occasion for families to come close and celebrate the start of a new lunar year with traditional foods that hold great cultural significance. Whether it's dumplings, fish, sweet rice balls, or tangerines and oranges, each food has a specific meaning and is believed to bring good luck, wealth, and prosperity to those who partake.

Dumplings (Jiaozi)


Dumplings, also known as Jiaozi, are a staple food during Chinese New Year and are believed to bring wealth and good fortune. They are made by wrapping a filling in a thin dough wrapper and are then steamed or boiled. Here is a simple and traditional recipe for making dumplings:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup chopped Napa cabbage
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-inch ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Mix the flour and water in a large bowl until a dough forms. Knead the dough for about 5-10 minutes or until it becomes smooth and elastic. Cover it and restthe dough for 30 minutes.

Make the filling. Mix the pork, cabbage, scallions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, cornstarch, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well and set aside.

Divide the dough into small balls, about 1 inch in size. Roll each into a thin circle, about 3-4 inches in diameter.

Place a spoonful of the filling in the center of each dough circle. Fold the dough over the pork filling, pressing the edges together to seal.

Steam the dumplings in a steamer for 10-15 minutes until they are cooked, and the dough is no longer raw. Alternatively, you can boil the dumplings in a pot of water for 8-10 minutes or until they are cooked.

Serve hot with a dipping sauce made from soy sauce, rice vinegar, and chili oil.

This is a basic recipe for making dumplings, but you can customize the filling to suit your tastes. For example, you can add diced carrots, mushrooms, or other vegetables to the filling. You can also experiment with different flavors, such as adding spices or herbs.

Dumplings are a staple food during Chinese New Year and are believed to bring wealth and good fortune. This simple and traditional recipe for making dumplings is easy to follow and can be customized to suit your tastes. Enjoy the delicious dumplings with your family and friends during the Chinese New Year celebration

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