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.
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.