Top 5 Dishes for Your (Approximate) Chinese New Year

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


« Prev Next » 5 of 7
Whole Fish

The Mandarin word for fish (yu) also sounds like the word for abundance, or surplus, so finding fish on a Chinese New Year’s table isn’t uncommon. It tends to come at the end of the meal, typically whole, and for our purposes, this phenomenon isn’t hard to approximate—nay, totally recreate!—at home. The recipe gives you your choice of fish (go with what’s freshest), seasoned and stuffed with lime slices, given a quick turn on the grill, and finished with bright, fresh herbs like basil and cilantro. Especially for those of us accustomed to fillets, serving fish whole will make a more powerful mealtime statement. 


Find the Recipe Here

Mentioned in this article


  • 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
    1177900 519

    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

Add a Comment

Search Articles

Best Wine Deals

See More Deals

Snooth Media Network