What do we eat for Chinese New Year? 6 traditional dishes

This year, the Chinese New Year falls on Sunday, January 22. A great opportunity to discover or rediscover some traditional dishes. Small selection...

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The New Year is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture and the festivities last for 15 days. During this highly anticipated event, you can savor a wide variety of savory and sweet dishes. Here is a small anthology of traditional recipes typical of the New Year:


Indispensable especially in the North of China, they are generally stuffed with prawns, pork or duck meat and finely chopped vegetables. You can cook them steam, in the oven, in boiling water or in a frying bath . Synonyms of prosperity, they represent a symbol of entry into the new year. According to legend, the more you eat, the more you will see your income increase during the year. Suffice to say that we do not deprive ourselves of it!

Fish served whole

It symbolizes the abundance and wealth . Traditionally, these are freshwater fish which are favored (and in particular carp or cat poison). They can be steamed, boiled or braised and must imperatively be served whole at the table, with the head pointing towards the elders.

Chinese fondue

It's THE perfect party dish, especially if it's cold! Chinese fondue consists of a bouillon served in a large pot placed in the center of the table (like our Burgundy or Savoyard fondue!) and in which each guest cooks meat, seafood or vegetables themselves. The broth can be prepared with soybean paste, mushrooms and cabbage, but also with meat and goji berries.

Egg rolls

Those small rolls (also called Chinese spring rolls) are made of a thin wheat pancake garnished with small minced vegetables (carrots, mung bean sprouts, cabbage, black mushroom…) seasoned with soy sauce and rice vinegar . Everything is immersed in a bath of frying. By taking a nice gold ingot color, the egg roll becomes a symbol of prosperity: eating it is supposed to ward off evil spirits!

longevity noodles

It's a real ' lucky dish ' of the New Year, which symbolizes prosperity, longevity and luck. According to popular belief, the longer the noodles, the longer the guests will live .

The noodles can be sautéed in a wok or boiled and served with their juice, in a bowl. If they are easy to prepare, all the art lies in eat them whole s , because we must not cut them!

Sticky rice cake or 'Niangao'

The meal usually ends with this traditional little cake consisting of sticky rice, sugar, chestnuts, jujube and lotus leaves . In Chinese, niangao means 'growth'. Tasting it ensures success in life and prosperous business!

Source journaldesfemmes.fr