A New Year's celebration wouldn't be complete without sweet treats. Here are some Chinese desserts that are traditionally served during the New Year season, and fun recipes featuring symbolic Chinese foods. You might try catering to guests who have a sweet tooth with a rich dessert such as Peking Dust. For guests who want something lighter, fresh fruit is always an option - oranges symbolize wealth in Chinese culture. And if you don't feel up to cooking, some of these items should be available at Asian bakeries, particularly during the Chinese New Year season.
Baked Nian Gao - Not comfortable with the idea of steaming a cake? Here is a recipe for baked Nian Gao. The cake is filled with red azuki beans, used in many Chinese festive dishes. And for a little extra help, here are step by step instructions, with photos, to make Baked Nian Gao.
2. Peking DustA fun, if filling, dessert - Fresh chestnuts are ground into fine pieces to represent the dust of the Mongolian dessert, and paired with whipped cream.
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8. Sago TartsSago tarts are made with lotus seeds. Lotus seeds are often given to married couples to wish them many children.
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11. Fortune CookiesAlthough they're actually an American creation, fortune cookies are a fun way to end a festive meal. Homemade fortune cookies taste so much better than storebought, and you can make up the fortunes to put in the cookies.
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