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Top 7 Chinese New Year Recipes - Appetizers

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Food plays a major role in Chinese New Year celebrations. Pearl balls are frequently served at Chinese New Year celebrations. The round meatball signifies reunion, and this is traditionally a time for families to come together. Egg Rolls (Spring Rolls) are also popular - they are thought to symbolize wealth, since the roll resembles a 10-ounce gold bar. And you'll often find families making dumplings together on New Year's Eve, particularly in northern China.

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1. Jiaozi Dumplings

Jiaozi Dumplings
In northern China, families spend the night before Chinese New Year preparing dumplings, to enjoy after midnight. Serve Jiaozi Dumplings with Ginger Soy Dipping Sauce

2. Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls
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Spring rolls symbolize wealth as their shape and color is thought to resemble a long gold bar. These spring rolls are filled with barbecued pork and vegetables.

3. Pearl Balls

Pearl Ball
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Pearl balls are frequently served at Chinese New Year celebrations. The round meatball signifies reunion, and this is traditionally a time for families to come together.

4. Lettuce Wraps

The Cantonese word for lettuce sounds like rising fortune, so it is common to serve lettuce wraps filled with other lucky food. To turn this into an even more symbolic dish, substitute dried oysters for the chicken meat (dried oyster sounds like the word for "good").

5. Potstickers

Potstickers
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These tasty dumplings, pan-fried on one side and steamed on the other, are perfect for Chinese New Year celebrations. Serve Potstickers with Soy Sauce With Ginger, Hot Chili Oil or Dumpling Dipping Sauce

6. Clam Sycee

Clam sycee originated in Shanghai, on the coast of eastern China. A popular New Year's dish, it symbolizes good fortune and prosperity, as the stuffed clams resemble the gold or silver bouillion originally used as money in China.

7. Yuanxiao Dumplings

Traditionally, these dumplings are served on the Lantern Festival marking the final day of the Chinese New Year season.

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