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8 traditional dishes to serve on Chinese New Year that bring luck

These are the dishes that, either because of their pronunciation, appearance, or even ways of serving and eating, are considered of good luck and fortune in Chinese culture.

The Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year involves a week of festivities and one of the most important migrations made by humans; and as such, it definitely involves lots of delicious food that go from traditional dumplings that symbolize wealth to large rice noodle to symbolize longevity. 

For this reason, and if you are planning to join the celebrations around Chinese New Year, these are the traditional dishes that are served in order to guarantee a year full of luck, prosperity, and wealth. 

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These are the dishes that, either because of their pronunciation, appearance, or even ways of serving and eating, are considered of good luck and fortune in Chinese culture. 

Dumplings

This traditional dish is a must in every Chinese New Year’s Eve not only because they resemble Chinese silver ingots, but also because legend has it that the more dumplings you eat during the celebration, the more money you can make in the upcoming year. 

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Spring Rolls 

These rolls filled with vegetables resemble bars of gold and are said to bring wealth and good fortune. 

Fish 

Chinese use to serve fish during New Year’s Eve mainly because its word sounds like ‘surplus’ so it’s a must at the end of the year feast. 

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Traditionally, it is served at the end of the dinner so it can be eaten in the first minutes of the New Year, mainly because it is thought that if you have managed to save something for the end of the year, then you can make more the next one 

Rice cakes 

Maybe in the form of a soup or next to pork or beef spicy ribs, these glutinous rice cakes are a must in every dinner mainly because its name sounds like the phrase “getting higher year-on-by year”. In Chinese culture, the higher you are, the more prosperous one is, so it’s a perfect dish for the New Lunar Year. 

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Longevity noodles 

Just like in Japan on New Year’s Eve, in China and many other countries that celebrate the New Lunar Year, long noodles symbolize longevity and are considered a lucky food. 

These particular noodles are longer than normal because they are uncut and are either served fried or boiled with broth.

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Sweet rice balls

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Although they are mainly served during the Spring Festival, many eat these little sticky rice balls because their round shape is associated with reunion and being together. 

Eight treasure rice

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This dish represents sweetness for the year ahead and is prepared with a variety of seeds, nuts, raisins, and fruits like plums. 

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Fortune fruits

Certain fruits, like oranges, tangerines, and pomegranates are considered fortune fruits because of their fullness and golden color that symbolizes wealth and good luck. 

It also has to do with how these words are pronounced. For example, the word orange has the same sound in Chinese for “success” and the word tangerine contains the Chinese character for luck. 

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