Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The next few days, I will be posting some typical dishes which are served during Chinese New Year (Spring Festival as the mainland Chinese refer) to usher in wealth, happiness, and good fortune. Several of the CHINESE FOOD names are homophones for words that also mean good things.
The symbolism linked with eating fish during the New Year stems from its name in Chinese, yu, which sounds like the words for "rich" and "abundance" and it is believed that eating fish will help your wishes come true in the year to come. Added symbolism is achieved by cooking the fish whole, with head and tail intact.