Whilst Londoners like to eat Chinese food during the regular New Year’s celebration, certain foods are also highlighted during the Chinese New Year. These lucky foods include fish, dumplings, springs rolls, and niangao.
One of the Luckier Foods
When you say the word “fish” in the Chinese language, it sounds like you are saying the word “surplus.” Chinese people like to see an excess at the end of a year because it shows that they managed to save. That gives them the incentive to save more in the coming year. Needless to say, fish is believed to be a lucky New Year’s food. Most of this attribution comes from auspicious homophones.
Fish is cooked in various ways in Chinese cooking. The food is braised as well as boiled or steamed. The most famous Chinese fish dishes feature fish with pickled cabbage or chili. Steamed fish is also served in a vinegar sauce whilst boiled fish is served with a spicy broth.
How to Eat Fish for Increased Prosperity
Some of the fish dishes considered to be lucky feature such marine life as catfish or mud carp. If two fish are eaten—one on New Year’s Eve and another one on New Year’s Day—then the meaning translates to a wish for surplus year after year. If only one catfish is eaten, then you will still receive the same result by eating the top part of the fish on New Year’s Eve and the rest of the fish the next day.
Needless to say, if you choose to order Chinese takeaway in Bristol, it won’t hurt to order a meal that features fish. Not only that, but the fish you eat should be the last dish left after a meal. That way you are assured of continued prosperity. Eating the head and tail of a fish expresses a hope that the year ahead will begin and end with a surplus.
The Traditional Way to Eat Fish during New Year Celebrations
During a traditional Chinese New Year’s meal, anyone who eats a whole fish should make sure the head of the fish is placed toward distinguished elders or guests as this denotes respect. Also, diners can only enjoy the fish after the person who faces the fish head eats some of the fish first. The fish should not be moved during the festivities. Also, the two people who are facing the head and tail of the fish should imbibe together as this is also considered lucky. One lucky saying associated with the eating of fish is “May you always have more than you require.”.
Chinese dumplings, as noted, are another lucky New Year’s food. The classic Chinese food has been prepared for about 2,000 years. The classic dish is a widely popular meal in China, especially in the northern region.
Load Up on the Dumplings Too
Dumplings, which can be made to resemble Chinese silver ingots, are believed to bring good luck if they are eaten in quantity. The Chinese people insist that the more dumplings you eat, the more money you will make in the coming year.
Dumplings are made of minced meat and vegetables, finely chopped, placed in an elastic and thin dough. Some of the popular meat fillings include pork, shrimp, ground chicken, fish, and beef. The food is prepared by steaming, boiling, baking, or frying.