The Chinese New Year is nearly upon us and so are all the delicious traditional foods that come with it. If you’re familiar with CNY dishes, you’ve probably picked up that there are more than just a few key ingredients and dishes that seem to make an appearance every year. Though they definitely make for delicious favorites, there’s a lot of important symbolism in each of them.
Jiaozi is a kind of dumpling that is popular in Chinese culture and especially around Chinese New Year. These special little dumplings resemble yuanbao, a type of Chinese currency, and for this reason they are thought to bring wealth in the New Year.
- Long Noodles
The longer the noodle, the longer the life! At least that’s how the saying goes. Ok, so it’s not a saying but that is indeed the belief behind noodles and the New Year. Dishes served with long noodles are thought to bring long and prosperous lives to those who eat them.
- Whole Fish
The trick for this one is, it must still have a face and a tail. From end to end, this dish served whole represents a year of good fortune and wealth from beginning to end.
If you’re lucky, your favorite Asian-fusion restaurant might serve up some of these dishes and give you the ultimate, flavorful plate of luck. But if you’d rather the experts cook something up for you, Ling & Louie’s Bar and Grill is featuring a limited time only Feast of Fortune menu with delicious dishes that incorporate all of these ingredients and more plus a Lucky Libations menu featuring specialty cocktails crafted by in-house experts.
Look forward to dishes like Steamed Dumplings, Dan Dan Noodles, Crispy Asian Sea Bass and the Char Siu Pork Tenderloin. On the drink menu, guests can savor lucky concoctions such as the Perennial Peach, Coconut Confidant, the Orange Opulance and Prosperous Pineapple.
For more info on Ling & Louie’s Chinese New Year 2016 menu, click here!