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10 Chinese New Year Recipes That Bring Luck

First Posted: 01/20/2012 4:53 pm   Updated: 08/31/2012 10:48 am


New Year is the most important holiday for the Chinese. This year it will be observed on January 23 and it's the year of the dragon. The holiday is celebrated all across the world, including the Chinatowns of big cities like New York and San Francisco. Messages of good luck and prosperity are not only written on signs, the foods themselves are considered to bring luck because they're homophones for those messages. For example, the Chinese word for fish, Yu, also sounds like the Chinese word for abundance.

In the following collection of recipes you'll find all the dishes one needs to celebrate the Chinese New Year. You'll be almost guaranteed good luck. Meats like pork, duck and fish are typical. You'll also find potstickers, dumplings, rice and noodles. All the foods are brought to the table once the family has gathered for dinner on New Year's Eve -- it's a feast for all the senses.

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Pan-Seared Sichuan Shrimp With Mung Bean Noodles
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Shrimp is believed to bring happiness and joy. In this spicy recipe, Sichuan peppercorns add a tongue-tingling heat to the shrimp. Soy sauce and Chinese black vinegar create a deeply flavored sauce that makes the mung bean noodles appear clear like glass.

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