5 Dishes to try This Chinese New Year
This is the year of the Pig and it will start on the 5th of February. Chinese New Year is full of tradition, poetry and fortune. The Pig is the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The main characteristics of people that are born in the year of the Pig are said to be good-tempered, kind-hearted, positive, active, fervent, and fortuitous.
A lot of traditional dishes eaten during the new year are symbols of fortune too. To bring yourself some extra luck over the next year, why not try out these 5.
They symbolize happiness and longevity and they’re really tasty and easy to prepare. In fact, what you need is a packet of fresh egg noodles, oil, 2 sausages, 4 pieces of ginger, 150g of mushrooms and 200g of shiitake mushrooms, 200g of sugar snap peas, chicken stock, soy, sesame and bean sprouts. With all of these fresh ingredients, they will certainly help to bring some longevity to your health and wellbeing.
Fish symbolises prosperity and can help bring you a surplus at the end of the year. The way that this dish is eaten matters a lot: in fact, there are certain rules: The head should be placed toward distinguished guests or elders, representing respect. Diners can enjoy the fish only after the one who faces the fish head eats first. The fish shouldn’t be moved. The two people who faced the head and tail of fish should drink together, as this is considered to have a lucky meaning. If you can muster the courage to go eye to eye with this dish then a year of prosperity and fortune will await you, allegedly.
One of the most important dishes in Chinese tradition. The reason why they’re so famous is that their shape looks like the ancient silver and gold ingots which symbolize health. Traditionally dumplings are eaten at midnight and throughout the Chinese New Year holiday.
The humble dumpling can be cooked in multiple ways and has elements to take everyone’s fancy: omnivore, vegetarian and vegan. Steamed, fried or added to a soup, dumplings are to Chinese tradition what banger and mash are to us Brits, easy to make and delicious.
The Hot Pot is a fantastic sharing dish. A big pot is set in the centre of the table containing boiling hot broth with a heating element underneath. Around the pot, there are various ingredients such as meat, tofu, noodles, seafood, vegetables. The hop pot allows you to create some fantastic combination dishes by mixing and matching everything you can fit on your plate. The Chinese hot pot also works really well for people vegans and vegetarians as they have full control.