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