A new year means a new start, so start this Chinese New Year off right! Whether you’re searching for wealth, strength, prosperity or a longer life, these Chinese food traditions have you covered. Eat the right foods and you might just get lucky.
How about some wealth in your future? Sound good? Well, you better start eating tangerines and oranges. This tradition stems from the fact that the Chinese word for orange has a strong resemblance to the word for gold, and the word for tangerine is very similar to the word for luck.
Want a longer life? Try eating noodles. According to Chinese tradition, the longer the noodle, the longer the life. Mandarin Restaurants offers a variety of delicious noodle dishes that will be sure to compliment any Chinese New Year feast! Popular choices include Shanghai Noodles, Cantonese Chow Mein, and Mandarin Rice Noodles.
Looking for a little prosperity? Well you’re in luck. Pomelo, a large citrus fruit, does just that! Eating pomelos is thought to bring continuous prosperity since the Cantonese word for Pomelo is very similar to the words “prosperity” and “to have”. This fruit is also symbol of family unity, and so is often shared with other members of the family so that the family stays large, whole, and united.
Dumplings – Jiaozi
Mmmm…there’s nothing like plate of dumplings to start off your Chinese New Year. Not only do they taste delicious, but they also bring prosperity and wealth (all the more reason to stuff your face). So how do dumplings bring you prosperity and wealth? By their shape, of course. A dumpling’s shape resembles an old ingot-shaped coin. Until February 28th, you can experience this taste of Chinese New Year tradition at Mandarin’s Dumpling Festival. Feast on a variety of delicious dumplings including Beef Potstickers, Siu Mai, Har Gow and Banana Dumplings with Nutella, in addition to their all-you-can-eat buffet favourites!
Looking to achieve new heights this coming year? Be sure to eat Nian Gao, and lots of it. Nian Gao is a rice flour dessert that’s rich and sweet. The connection? The Chinese word nian gao is pronounced the same as the word for “higher year”, which symbolizes the growth of children, career achievements, and a better life in the new year.
Are all of these food traditions making you a little hungry? Well, before your “hungry” turns into “hangry”, you better check out Mandarin’s Dumpling Festival before it concludes on February 28th. Celebrate the Chinese New Year with their famous dumplings and a wide array of “lucky” foods that may just bring you some extra good luck this year!