How 8 Chinese New Year Foods Became Symbols Of Prosperity

It’s time to be well-versed with the auspicious meanings of the season

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Food for thought?

The best way to leave your relatives beaming with pride at your next Chinese New Year gathering, is to actually know the auspicious meanings behind the various festive foods.

Whether it’s crunchy egg rolls or a full-fledged feast in the form of a pen cai, these items are backed by rich cultural traditions that have bestowed them with lucky symbolisms.

Eat your fill and luck out!

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1. Sea moss for wealth

What looks like a clump of jet-black hair in the treasure pot (also known as pen cai) dish is simply sea moss, commonly served with braised oysters and other delicacies. Black moss translates to ‘fat choi’ in Cantonese, which means to become wealthy or to attain fortune.

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