Gung Hey Fat Choi! Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the year of the Rooster, so that means if you are 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, etc. (it’s a cycle of 12’s) then it’s your year!
While I completely lack the power to make predictions, what I do know about Chinese New Year is food! With any big celebration, there’s always an abundance of feasts! Unfortunately, due to a family surgery that happened this week, we celebrated earlier at a restaurant as opposed to celebrating New Years Eve like we traditionally do (feasting on a spread of eight home cooked dishes – eight means fortune because of the way it phonetically sounds). However, there’s always the snacks! Pictured below are gok jai, candied walnuts, crisps, deep fried taro nests and (my favourite) taro chips!
Then there’s the snacks in our little special “togetherness” bowl, complete with a lid and spinning action. This year we have candies and an assortment of dried candied fruits. In the mix is dried lotus root, lotus seed, coconut and winter melon. It’s not random though, everything placed in these type of bowls have symbolic meaning. However, that doesn’t mean every household has the items in their tray. Other things that are commonly found in these bowls include nuts, seeds and even chocolate like Ferrero Rocher. Really, anything that is red or gold is considered a lucky thing.
Last year, I talked about gok jai and how they traditionally have those meticulously folded edges. Although I never did get a chance to ask my aunt to teach me this year, I did find some! Here’s what I’m used to seeing these deep fried goodies look like:
Happy New Year! May the New Year bring you prosperity, fortune and happiness! 🙂