I’ve posted three recipes in honor of Chinese New Year: Braised Black Bean Pork, Almond Gel and Sweet Sesame Balls. As the 15-day celebration comes to a close, consider creating a Tray of Togetherness for your family.
Eight is considered the luckiest number in Chinese culture, bringing good fortune and happiness. A traditional Tray of Togetherness features eight special treats, including dried fruit, seeds and nuts. You can find the ingredients at your local natural and organic food store or at a nearby Asian market.
In the example shown here, you’ll see (clockwise from top center):
- Sesame sticks, said to bring many children
- Red melon seeds, because the color symbolizes happiness and joy
- Candied winter melon, representing growth and good health
- Kumquats, because the gold represents prosperity
- Peanuts, signifying longevity
- Lucky money candy, leading to a sweet and prosperous year
- Lotus seeds, attributed to fertility
- Longans (an Asian fruit), said to bring many good sons
And if you want to wish someone good fortune in Cantonese, just say: “Kung Hay Fat Choy.”
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