FOOD FOR THE FEAST OF

CHINESE NEW YEAR

These lucky Chinese New Year foods are said to help bring good fortune!

Dumplings

According to ancient legend, the number of dumplings you eat during the Chinese New Year predicts the amount of money you’ll make in the upcoming year.

Longevity Noodles

These noodles are up to two feet long, also common at birthday celebrations. According to Chinese tradition, the longer the noodle, the luckier you’ll be.

Tray of Togetherness

Often divided into either six or eight compartments, the round Tray of Togetherness represents peace and family harmony.

Spring Rolls

Resembling bars of gold, spring rolls are said to bring wealth and good fortune. You can stuff these deep-fried rolls with various fillings.

Oranges and Other Citrus

Oranges, kumquats, tangerines and pomelos are common Chinese New Year gifts because they’re believed to bring good luck and happiness.

Sweet Rice Balls

These sweet rice balls are common during the Chinese New Year for good reason: Their round shape signifies unity.

Fish

In Mandarin, the pronunciation for fish and abundance is the same. To ensure success in the coming year, steamed fish is a regular on the Lunar New Year table.

Year Cake

The Chinese word for this cake—nian gao—is pronounced exactly like the word for “higher year,” which is what makes this dessert so lucky.

Prosperity Cakes

These steamed rice flour cakes (fa gao) are known for their split tops. According to tradition, the more segments the top of your cake has, the luckier you’ll be in the new year. 

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