Top 5 Dishes for Your (Approximate) Chinese New Year

Give meaning to the year's eating with these 5 holiday ingredients

 


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Top 5 Dishes for Your (Approximate) Chinese New Year

American food's pretty low on culinary symbolism (six foot hoagie=longevity?). Clearly, we could learn a lot from Chinese New Year.  

On February 10, Chinese families everywhere will celebrate the Year of the Snake with elaborate meals. The idea isn’t abundance for its own sake (that's Thanksgiving), but consuming dishes imbued with symbolic meaning. (Interesting aside: I have yet to encounter a food of Chinese New Year that represents “lose 5 pounds.” You’ll see a lot more “health” and “wellness” symbolism than “may you deprive yourself of refined carbs in the coming year.”)

So read on, not for an authentic culinary tour of Chinese New Year—you can find that elsewhere, ideally in home-cooked form—but for a glimpse at some ingredients and ideas that just might change the way you look at food, all year long.

Chinese New Year Image via Shutterstock

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  • UMMM "American food's pretty low on culinary symbolism (six foot hoagie=longevity?). Clearly, we could learn a lot from Chinese New Year." This is super insulting and I am unsubscribing from your newsletter. This is why.

    Feb 05, 2013 at 12:24 PM


  • Snooth User: Emily Bell
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    Sorry Angelfish - meant no real insult, just making a silly joke! Clearly it offended, will avoid same in future. Apologies, sincerely.

    Feb 05, 2013 at 12:34 PM


  • I got the same message as angelfish420 did ... i am not unsubscribing, but we as an American culture are discouraging tradition and disassembling the associated sybolism through political corrective actions and reactions. The best thing we could learn from the Chinese New Year is that it is okay to be proud of your country. I googled your six foot hoagie comment and nowhere could I find a reference to longevity.

    Feb 05, 2013 at 4:02 PM


  • Hi All! I believe that the writer was going for a light, self-reflective comment on American cuisine as we relate it to our own culture..which is, of course, not necessarily grounded in symbolism associated with wellness! Surely the comment about the hoagie=longevity was not to be taken literally. As an American who celebrates Chinese New Year each year with my family, I can appreciate the writer's lighthearted comparison of the cultures and cuisine. Well done, Ms. Bell!

    Feb 05, 2013 at 7:09 PM


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