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Festive Food for Chinese New Year—Part 2

I have introduced you 4 festive food of Chinese New Year, which are meant to bring luck and happiness to you. To double your luck and fortune, here I am going to tell you 4 more festive food with symbolic meaning! You should know the number 8 is always a lucky number for Chinese, which means earning a fortune! So you'd better eat all these 8 dishes during the new year holiday!

 

Nian Gao/ Glutinous Rice Cake (年糕)

Other than some tradition main dishes, we Chinese always have different kind of snacks/ dessert during the Chinese New Year, one of the most popular one is definitely Nian gao! Also known as “rice cake” or “New Year cake” in English, Nian gao is a must for Chinese New Year. In ancient times, it was served as special offerings to the ancestors and gods and it is now a treat to us normal human being for the New Year. The Chinese word for cake is a homonym to the word for bloom, raise, or prosper, and you will see this theme repeatedly in many symbolic dishes. Also, the Chinese word for sticky sounds like the word for “year”, that both of them pronounce as “nian”. Thus, by having Nian Gao, it’s a wish to be more successful each year. Every year will be better than the last. Some humorous parents like to tell their children that eating this will help them grow taller too.

 

Turnip cake(萝卜糕)