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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Chinese New Year foods are often served because their names sound like the word for something pretty awesome. The word for pomelo—grown in China for centuries—just so happens to sound like the word for “to have,” suggesting abundance. In culinary terms, pomelo is actually great granddaddy to grapefruit, with a pith layer as fat as a football helmet and sweeter, less acidic flesh, making it a softer complement to Cognac (a recent Chinese favorite) and gingery Domaine de Canton in this "lucky" cocktail. Pick up pomelos in Asian or Latin American groceries (or online) for this refreshing way to start your Approximate Chinese New Year (and, as per the recipe, a play off of a popular high-end Chinese banquet cocktail).


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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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