Chinese New Year dishes

A reunion dinner held on New Year’s Eve is one of the most important dinners of the year for the Chinese. The dishes are required to be both delicious and meaningful. Do you know what kinds of food often appear on Chinese New Year’s Festival Dinner? Now let’s have a brief look at some typical Chinese New Year dishes.

Jiaozi (Chinese dumpling) is one of the main dishes on the Chinese New Year menu.  During the Spring Festival, the tables are filled with white and shiny dumplings. Dumplings are always made before midnight and eaten during the last hour of the old year and the first hour of the Lunar New Year. The Chinese people associate different meanings with dumplings. People stuff dumpling with items to express good expectations of the New Year. For example, stuffing with sugar and honey expressed “to more happy days in the future”; gold jewels meant “best wishes for next year”; jujube and chestnut meant “fortune and blessings for a child for a couple”; shelled peanuts meant “good health and longevity (peanuts are also called long-living nut)”. Moreover, it is because the shape of Jiaozi is like that of gold ingot (ancient Chinese money). For the Chinese, eating Jiaozi during the Spring Festival symbolizes “gathering money”.

Nian gao (rice cake) is a versatile ingredient. The main ingredients of Nian Gao are sticky rice, Chestnuts, Chinese date, sugar and lotus leaves. It also has a very wide range of eating ways. It can be cooked by frying, steaming, stir-frying or boiling. Eating Nian gao symbolizes raising oneself taller in each coming year. In Chinese people’s mind, the higher you are, the more prosperous your business is. So Niangao become more and more popular among the whole Chinese during the Spring Festival.

Tang Yuan is a Chinese food made from glutinous rice flour. Glutinous rice flour is mixed with a small amount of water to form balls and is then cooked and served in boiling water. Tangyuan can be either small or large, and filled or unfilled. They are traditionally eaten during the Lantern Festival. For many Chinese families in mainland China as well as overseas, Tangyuan is usually eaten together with family. The round shape of the balls and the bowls where they are served, come to symbolize the family’s togetherness. Thus, it has been a indispensability recipe for Chinese people on the Lantern Festival.

Fish and spring roll are also important items on the dinning table of thousands of families on the eve of the Spring Festival. Fish is pronounced ‘yu’ in Chinese, with the implications of having more than just a basic need each year. Spring Rolls are also named Spring Cakes by some northern Chinese. They are golden spring rolls made of thin flour wrappers with various fillings – sweet or savory, meat or vegetables.The fried spring rolls are all with golden color. They have such shape and color that they look like gold bars, which symbolizes treasure.

If you are planning a family union in Twin Cities, you may treat your family members at Grand Szechuan Restaurant. It is one of the best Chinese food restaurants in Twin Cities. And it serves various Chinese foods. Their menu includes appetizer, soup, Sichuan style beef, chicken, pork, lamb, duck and seafood. You will surely love the dishes Grand Szechuan Restaurant serves!

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