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Chinese Food explained in London

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The Chinese New year main evening meal is a very important time as the family gets together over traditional symbolic dishes.

London China Town catering staff serve the crowds
London China Town catering staff serve the crowds
Year of the Pig Chinese New Year Cake
Year of the Pig Chinese New Year Cake
window of food outlet pig artwork
window of food outlet pig artwork
Chinese Sweet foods at New Year
Chinese Sweet foods at New Year
Chinese Cake at New Year
Chinese Cake at New Year, featured animal

Why not Let the Chinese New Year begin with Lettuce!

Another thing you will see in London’s China Town and in China is the hanging lettuce suspended by a string in doorways. But why? At first, you wonder if it’s a peace or meal-offering for the dragon visiting. However, the first meal of the New year is a vegetarian with lettuce as a side dish.  Then the word for lettuce sounds the same as the word for making money, another tie in with the good fortune motto.

Hunt the Lettuce with the Dragon
Hunt the Lettuce with the Dragon

Chinese Dumplings

Eating a dumpling on the last lunar day of the year is for good luck, fortune and happiness. Emulating the shape of gold or silver ingots, which is the early form of currency in old China. There are many hidden meanings with dumplings, eat one at midnight and it may contain a hidden coin. Dumplings laid out in a row, signals particular attention to detail. Placing Dumplings in a ring will make your year ahead go round in circles, or so they say

Chinese Spring Rolls

Chinese spring rolls are also symbolic of the shape of gold bars.

Other Chinese Foods

Fish appears regularly for New year. The word sounds similar to abundance prosperity.

Peach longevity, fertility by the pomegranate, Orange cooked with Duck Love.

Tangerines & Oranges are a sign of luck, prosperity plenty profit. Given as gifts or used as decorations

Sticky Rice, Chicken family unity, cabbage prosperity, Noodle symbolising longevity, Duck happiness,

Chinese Cakes at New NY
Chinese Cakes
Chinese Cakes
Plenty Supply of Chinese food on offer in China Town, for Chinese New Year

Cake offering to the Kitchen God!

Called Nian Gao , niangao, nin gou

Cake Offering to the God Gold Nugget shape
Cake Offering to the God Gold Nugget shape

Offering cake to the Kitchen God is thought to bring more success, perform better at work or school. Chinese bakeries and shops have some interesting displays of New year cakes on show.

Chinese new yr cake
Chinese new yr cake

They make it with sweet rice flour also known as glutinous rice flour. It is gluten-free. Rice flour is not the same thing. They prepare a careful batter by sugar water and the flour which is steamed, so it sets like a cake usually in the shape of a loaf cake rectangle. Like a gold bar!

Sweet Rice balls symbolise family and unity and often eaten during the lantern lighting part of New Year celebrations. They can contain a hidden centre of sesame or red bean paste. It often calls them Glutinous rice balls however this just describes the sticky texture of the rice most would not be containing gluten as they are rice-based products. Always check labels but it is one food that many people with special diet considerations may sample. A clear soup may be on offer in the cold outdoor chill.

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