I’m presenting a handful delicious dishes for Chinese New Year Menu Ideas — and they all have what are considered to be “lucky foods” for the holiday. The 2021 Chinese New Year begins on February 12th!
Chinese New Year
Beginning on the second new moon, after the winter solstice, and ending on the full moon fifteen days later, Chinese New Year is a Chinese festival that marks the beginning of the new year. Also called Lunar New Year, the celebration revolves around family and friends, special meals, fireworks, and gift giving.
I’m not claiming to be an expert on Chinese New Year or Chinese food, but with my culinary experience I’ve created this delectable collection of dishes for Chinese New Year menu ideas.
And if you’re not celebrating, who wouldn’t want a delicious Asian inspired feast any day!?
“Asian inspired” is the key phrase here. These dishes are not authentic Chinese dishes, although I think a couple might pass with flying colors. They are however, Asian inspired dishes that I think work well for the holiday. Let’s go with it, shall we? 🙂
Lucky Foods for Chinese New Year
- fish – for an increase in prosperity
- dumplings – for wealth
- spring rolls – for wealth
- sweet rice balls – for family bonding
- good fortune fruits – these include grapes, lychee, plums, jujube, kumquats and more, and are for fullness and wealth
- rice cakes – for a higher salary and career status
- longevity noodles – for happiness and longevity
The dishes I’m sharing here represent many of the above: fish, dumplings, rice, good fortune fruits, and longevity noodles. I hope you love them as much as I do!
Chinese New Year Menu Ideas
Thai Inspired Mahi Mahi
(I know, it says “Thai.” Please remember what I said, these are Asian inspired dishes, not authentic Chinese dishes, that work really well for the menu. 🙂 )
Here’s more about food symbolism during Chinese New Year celebrations.