Lucky Foods During Chinese New Year

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Lunar New Year Dumplings

Are you looking to make some traditional Chinese dishes for the New Year?

We’ve put together a list of popular products that are often consumed during the Chinese New Year festival. What’s more, at SeeWoo Foods, we sell these products at our Cash and Carry.

So whether you’re close to our store in London Greenwich, or at our Glasgow megastore, you can rely on us for traditional Chinese New Year products.

Fish (魚):年年有餘
This sounds like ‘surplus’ in Chinese. The Chinese like to have surplus at the end of the year, this is because if they manage to save up enough, they can make more the following year. The Chinese will often use the phrase of年年有餘and the last word sounds similar to the word魚, which means fish.

Longevity Noodles: 長壽麵
The name of these noodles are often based on their length, as it symbolises the eater’s life. Longevity noodles are known as ‘long life noodles’, this means the longer the noodles, the longer the life of the person eating the noodles. These are often eaten during Chinese New Year, and on birthdays.

Dumplings 餃子: Symbolising Chinese Ingots
Often eaten by the Chinese, traditional Chinese dumplings are shaped like Chinese Ingots (boat shaped and curved on both ends). There is a saying that the more dumplings you eat during the Chinese New Year celebrations, the more money you can make in the year ahead.

Glutinous Rice Cake (年糕): For higher income or position and to ‘grow taller’
A lucky food often eaten on Chinese New Year’s Eve. In the Chinese language, these rice cakes sounds like getting ‘higher’ throughout the year. This is often of favoured by those who are working, and favoured by children who wish to ‘grow taller’ in the new year.

Good Fortune Fruits:
Certain fruits are especially popular during the Chinese New Year period, these are often tangerines (桔), oranges (橙), and pomelos (柚). The three fruits all have one thing in common – they are round. These fruits symbolise wealth, and their names often have the meaning of ‘luck’.