23 Jan '12, 4pm

Ching-He Huang’s top tips for an authentic Chinese New Year feast

For my Chinese New Year menu, I love to serve a combination of dishes that are laced in Chinese culture and symbolism. So, at my Chinese New Year dinner, I like to serve plenty of: 1) Noodles Noodles symbolise longevity. Make sure they are uncut or it’s bad luck! 2) Fish Have plenty of fish because the honomyn for fish is “yu” which also means abundance. There is a popular phrase “Nian nian you yu” every year you have more abundance. Make sure you serve the fish whole as wholeness symbolises unity and completeness. 3) Whole roast animals Whole roast animals are served such as chicken, goose, duck, pig – the whole animal symbolises unity and completeness. 4) Sticky rice cakes Sticky rice cake – called “nian gao” – it is also a hononym for “Nian nian sheng gao” – which means every year you rise the ranks in your career. 5) Oranges and apples Oranges and Apples are popular be...

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