TagChinese New Year

why citrus fruits are so important for Chinese New Year

Tangerines, kumquats and oranges are auspicious Chinese New Year symbols. Some people might think these fruits are just pretty to have around the home during the 14-day period of the Chinese New Year, well, there‚Äôs a deeper meaning than that. 

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eat vegetables during Chinese New Year

When spoken in Cantonese (Choy) or Mandarin (Chye), the pronunciation of vegetable means fortune, so to many Chinese people, it is a significant part of any Chinese New Year meal.

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the environmental cost of black moss

During Chinese New Year, Chinese people are persnickety about auspicious symbols and meanings. While taste is important, everything we eat has to bear a sense of fortuitousness. So when you mention fa cai (black moss) to older folks, it conveys joy, luck and prosperity. Just what is fa cai? Well, it is a key ingredient during this festive period and its symbolic meaning is basically “prosperous”; which correlates to “Gong Xi Fa Cai” when people wish each other during Chinese New Year.

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traditional seven vegetable dish For Chinese New Year

The 7th day of the Chinese New Year bears great significance to Chinese everywhere, simply because it is called “Ren ri” or common man’s birthday where everyone grows one year older but wiser. Aside from tossing the usualy Yu Sheng, the stir-fried 7 assorted vegetables offers 7 kinds of auspicious vegetables to celebrate this occasion.

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must-haves for a true steamboat dinner

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One of the most popular meals commonly consumed on Chinese New Year is steamboat or hotpot. Communal eating is popular in Chinese culture and history and the act of tucking together as a family makes the whole experience memorable. People can chit chat and partake in the cooking of food so it also helps to break the ice if there are last minute guests invited. Steamboat meals are enjoyed throughout all the 15 celebratory days of the Chinese New Year and even beyond this festive period. HonestBee.com’s pick of must-have ingredients for a bona fide steamboat should include the following:

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10 must-haves foods for Chinese New Year

With Chinese New Year just round the corner, having the right foods is a must. But more than just food being food, these items have their significance, heritage and tradition that must be passed on for generations to come. Here’s HonestBee.com’s pick of 10 must-eat foods for this festive period.

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6 fortuitous fruits for Chinese New Year

 

 It is not surprising that many people do not know the significance and tradition of eating certain kinds of fruit during Chinese New Year. HonestBee.com delves into the heritage, culture and mindset of Chinese beliefs and the type of fruits to eat during this festive period.

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honest bee review: Lim Chee Guan vs Bee Cheng Hiang

Bak Kwa is traditionally eaten during Chinese New Year but how do you discern the quality and taste between the brands? We picked two popular brands in Singapore – Lim Chee Guan and Bee Cheng Hiang – to find out what sets them apart.
 

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8 dishes for a traditional reunion dinner

The Chinese want all things auspicious for Chinese New Year so it’s comes as no surprise that dishes served during the annual reunion dinner characterises good luck and prosperity. Here’s HonestBee.com’s pick of 8 must-have items to tuck into.

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