With the Chinese New Year approaching, it’s time to stock up on your favorite snacks to celebrate again. Chinese New Year is a most important holiday in Chinese culture. The most important meal of the year is the New Year’s Evening Reunion Dinner.
Chinese New Year is a time to spend quality time with your family, decorate and do lots of Yi Sang toss. During the first few days, many families will spend the whole day with their extended relatives. Cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents and even some people you may have never heard of are going to visit.
No matter where they live, family members should return to their hometowns. If they can’t really do that, the rest of the family will leave their space empty and keep an extra set of pots for them.
Among the signs of the beginning of the Spring Festival, this was the time when the Nyan monster would come and terrorize the villages. People will hide in their houses, prepare feasts with offerings to their ancestors’ gods, and hope for the best. Of course, everyone has their own favorite one’s snacks.
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Here are some common Chinese New Year’s snacks we all love:
1. Rose Cookies
Believe it or not, these cookies are actually made in India. However, due to the mix of cultures here, rose cookies are an important part of many Chinese homes. They are known by many other names, such as Kohi Rose, Beahoo Cookies, Koiya Luoyang and Honeycomb Cookies.
They are made from rice flour, wheat flour, sugar and coconut milk. The batter is filled in a special mold in the shape of a rose and deep fried. The resulting cookie is light, non-greasy, crispy and not too sweet.
2. Pineapple Tarts
Pineapple tart is considered a great fruit for the Chinese New Year. Therefore, it is not surprising to eat cookies made with sweet pineapple jam. The Chinese word for pineapple is ‘Ong Lai’ in Hokkien dialect, which means ‘luck is coming’. Therefore, it is always a good idea to have more pineapple tarts around during the Chinese New Year.
Pineapple tarts come in many famous forms, but they always consist of pineapple jam with a slightly salty pastry all around. The salt in the pastry actually works to sweeten the jam and the two go very well together.
3. Red Dates
Red is a lucky color in China, which means prosperity and prosperity. Dates have the same pronunciation as “beginning”, which means beginning of the head. That is why red dates are always eaten on happy occasions, including festivals, weddings, domestic summers, and the completion of the first month of a child’s life. As a Chinese New Year’s snack, red dates are served as a dried fruit. You can eat them with your fingers or cut them into pieces to make tea.
Peanuts, also called “longevity nuts”, are a symbol of vitality, longevity, wealth and honor. As a Chinese New Year’s snack, peanuts are always served without the peel. There are many ways to cook peanuts, such as boiling them in water or salt water and frying them with a stir. Peanuts are a nutritious food and can be eaten raw. The Chinese think it is better to eat raw.
5. Dried Longans
There is another name for the dry longan in China: Gaiwan, which seems to be a symbol of reunification in China. So by its very nature, it is the biggest Chinese New Year’s breakfast. Traditional Chinese medicine says that eating dried cloves can increase a person’s vitality. Dry cloves are usually offered without a shell. You can eat meat directly or make tea with it.
6. Sunflower Seeds
For Chinese people, sunflower seeds are the same as popcorn for movie goers. The Chinese word for seed also means a small child, so sunflower seeds are a symbol of many small sons and grandsons in traditional Chinese culture.
Eating sunflower seeds is a great way for Chinese people to waste time, and these are essential breakfasts for the Chinese New Year. Peeled sunflower seeds can be eaten both raw and fried.
Eating sunflower seeds, gossiping and watching television are quite common for New Year’s gatherings. Along with sunflower seeds, watermelon seeds and pumpkin seeds are also eaten as a breakfast of seeds.
Sweets are a symbol of sweet life. They are indispensable snacks for the CNY. Eating sweets represents a sweet event or a sweet start in the coming year.
In addition to the variety of loose sweets, some sweets are packaged in gold boxes with a suspicious shape, such as Yuan Bao, the cat of fortune, and the god of wealth. These are good choices when considering Chinese New Year gifts.
8. Processed Peanuts Snacks
Peanuts provide protein and vitamins, as well as healthy monounsaturated fats. So in small servings, they provide a healthy breakfast. However, even a small serving has high levels of calories, and is not a very good thing when you combine it with salted and roasted processed varieties.
Find an alternative breakfast that is just as satisfying but without the extra calorie punch. Almonds contain healthy fiber, Vitamins E, fats, protein and magnesium. They are low in carbohydrates and high in both protein and fiber, and help reduce your appetite so you can eat less overall during the festival. But like anything, moderation is key.
9. Glutinous Rice Dumplings
In many places, sticky rice fritters are also the top Chinese New Year’s snack. Gluey rice dumplings are made from sticky rice and other ingredients, such as beans, peanuts, Chinese oak, and pork wrapped in bamboo leaves.
Eating sticky rice dumplings is a sign of a bumper grain crop in the coming year. If the sticky rice fritters are cold and hard, you can steam them until they are soft, or peel the skin and fry in a pan until they are brown and tender on both sides.