Chinese New Year: Year of the Rabbit

So I wasn't sure what traditional dishes are served for Chinese New Year. I wasn't sure if there were regular key players or an all out feast where you make what you want and eat however much you can. One thing is certain - food is the heart of this holiday.

I found a couple of interesting ideas/features on Chow. It has an array of dishes to choose from.

But I found something more impressive and inspiring: 10 Good Luck Foods for Chinese New Year, published last year. This is a list of ingredients and what they represent in these contexts.

Here's an excerpt that caught my attention:

6. Jai. This vegetarian dish is eaten because it’s “part of the
Buddhist culture to cleanse yourself with vegetables,” says Lum. It’s also
packed with good-luck foods, writes Gong, breaking it down by ingredient: sea
moss for prosperity; lotus seeds for children/birth of sons; noodles for
longevity; lily buds to “send 100 years of harmonious union”; Chinese black
mushrooms to “fulfill wishes from east to west”; and more.

If you are interested in hosting a Chinese New Year dinner (and practically effortlessly) on short notice, try a stress-free DIY Vegetarian Dim Sum Entertaining Menu by Vegetarian Times. I've tried this and it's FABULOUS and you can just consider it "semi-homemade" entertaining. It relieves you of the stress and allows you to focus your attention on your guests.

Cheers to the Year of the Rabbit (Food)!


  1. Thanks for the great links! Even though I'm Chinese and grew up celebrating this day, my parents never seemed to make any traditional celebration foods except boiled dumplings with even homemade wrappers.

  2. Thanks, Xaiolu, for our comment! Cheers to a wonderful new year!


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