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The Chinese Lunar New Year is the longest chronological record in history. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the lunar month and end up until the day fifteenth of the month.
It is a folk for a Chinese people get together, where members of family, friends, near and far have a big reunion dinner during this festival. They usually enjoy the festival with special dishes that only served one in a year, only in Chinese Lunar New Year. What cuisines do usually served on the table? Each family usually will serve their favorite foods and special menu that only can be found in this special occasion. Based on the traditional Chinese tradition, several authentic dishes are served during this festival. They are not only a mouth watering menu of the big day but also they have a meaning in Chinese Philosophy. The dishes are:
Luo han Zai: it is also considered as a vegetarian menu. It is symbolize as the Buddha teachings as a self purification on the new year.
Mandarin Oranges: it is the most popular and most abundant fruit during Chinese New Year, it is also considered as the symbol of this prosperity.
Dumplings: there are two types of traditional Chinese dumplings: Transparent dumplings/ Crystal dumplings (it is typically has a clear or transparent dumpling skin because it is made from Dang Mian? it is considered also as Tapioca powder) and Common dumplings (it is typically has a thicker dumpling skin rather than the crystal dumplings, There are several types: Jiaozi -- rice dumplings; Nian Gao -- sticky rice dumplings and Jau Gok ? it is the main Chinese dumplings that is made from glutinous rice dumplings). The dumplings are believed as the resembled of the ancient Chinese gold ingots.
Fish: it is usually served in varies of style of cooking. It is symbolize as the surpluses.
Kwatji: it can be varies from sunflower, melon seed, or pumpkin seed. It is the symbol of the prosperous.
Noodles: Families may serve uncut noodles, which represent longevity and long life, though this practice is not limited to new year.
Sweets: Sweets and similar dried fruits goods are stored in a red or black candy box. It is symbolize the happiness and joy of the coming year.
Taro Cakes: it is a Chinese dish made from vegetable Taro or Colosia esculenta, or in Bahasa Indonesia it is called Talas. This cake is usually filled pork, Chinese black mushroom, or even Chinese sausages and then pan fried before served. Finally it is topped woth chopped scallions.
Turnip Cakes: it is a common cake that should be served during a Chinese new year. It is made from shredded daikon and rice flour. Both dried shrimps and dried shitake are added to the dough to give the flavor before then we will fry them.
Tikoy: it is a Chinese new year pudding and it is made from glutinous rice flour, wheat starch, salt, water, and sugar. The color of the sugar will determine the color of pudding whether it will be white or brown.
However, the dishes above are not a must for those who are celebrating the fest, but historically; the Chinese will consider them as the heritage from the ancestor that should be well preserved. So it is not only just dishes, but it is about the heritage culture, togetherness for the whole relatives, and the spirit in welcoming the New Year. (YF/SG)
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