First, Christmas then it was time to bring in the New Year and soon before we know lunar New Year is approaching. If you are still putting off the clean eating and gym routines, fret not, you are definitely not alone. Times like these, we just can’t be a killjoy munching on salads while everyone crowds around a plethora of food on the table – from turkey to hotpot to Lou Hei and the endless supply of Chinese new year goodies in every household you visit, can we?
we share good reasons to feast on these sugary happiness. Chinese New Year calories don’t count so here we go!
1. Pineapple tarts
A staple of any Chinese New Year bakery – grated pineapple fillings encased in buttery pastry or placed on top of a scalloped base. Pineapples hold a meaning of incoming fortune in Hokkien, a dialect often used in this tiny sunny island. Looking for prosperity and fortune for the coming year of Boar? Feast on!
2. Love letters
Often used to rely secret messages between lovers in the olden days, thus its name. The making of these goodies is also a labor of love; not only it is tedious, it also requires great skill. A thin batter is poured over an iron mold before heating over charcoal and has to be rolled before the batter completely cools off after taking off the heat. Phew, sounds like a race against time. Consuming these means the messages or well wishes are taken to heart. So accept with joy when being offered one this coming New Year!
3. Kueh Bangkit
These melt in the mouth cookies are irresistible. Made with coconut milk, pandan alongside with various flours, these cookies rise during baking, consuming these symbolizes reaching greater height in the New Year.
4. Mandarin oranges
Finally a healthier option on the list. A big thing for celebrations and a “must bring” during Chinese new year visiting. Mandarin oranges resemble gold ingots – orange and round. When pronounced in mandarin, it sounds like “Ji’ which means luck. Not just for Vitamin C, but also to bring good luck to those you gift to.
5. Bak Kwa
Another favorite amongst the Chinese – barbequed pork jerky. Its dark red color is considered auspicious in Chinese tradition and symbolizes good luck. Pronounced as “Long Yok” in Cantonese, which translate to having robust fortune.
6. Yu Sheng
A raw fish salad, for the uninitiated. It began as a simple raw fish salad eaten on the 7th day of lunar New Year in the earlier days in China. It has then been evolved into a must have in elaborate dining these days throughout the 15 days of Chinese New Year. Auspicious sayings are shouted out loud when different ingredients are added one after another.
7. Nian Gao
Directly translated from Chinese, it is known as year cake. It symbolizes prosperity, and growing towards greater height in the coming year – more success, wealth and promotion at work. It is usually made of glutinous flour and stir fry with pork as a savory dish or with tapioca and egg as a sweet treat.
Time really flies don’t you think? Send love with every chance you get,
check out our lunar New Year gift stylings your guests will love here!