8 Chinese New Year Foods for Good Luck and Prosperity | China Uncensored

on today's China uncensored happy year of the hi welcome to China uncensored I'm your host Chris Chappell well later this week marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year this will be the year of the sheep or goat or RAM depending on which Chinese restaurant menu you're looking at you see the Chinese word Yong could mean any of those three animals there are 12 zodiac animals and the sheep go to ram is one considered to be the worst people born in this year are supposed to be docile and weak who will follow a strong leader without question yeah oh sorry what guess I was just gathering wool for a moment there in some cases Chinese couples will rather wait till next year to have a kid sorry child because of the fear the nature of the year will influence the child what's that Shelley according to this article the sheep was originally associated with compassion and filial piety the new year also marks the biggest human migration in the world the Russia has Chinese everywhere returned home to their families China says this year 2.8 billion trips will be made it can get a little hectic I thought this year we could all celebrate together by eating some of these traditional Chinese foods for the new year but first I want to announce the second annual viewer contest gala extravaganza spectacular event thing you asked for it you got it draw your very best sheep go to Ram and send it to me on the China uncensored Facebook page at the end of the month like 10 episode fortune and untold riches now get drawing you mindless sheep so here are my top eight things to eat during the Chinese New Year number one fish every year have fish granted as we learned in my recent episode on pollution about a third of all fish species in the Yellow River have gone extinct so this might be Chris clean hard to do but you want to have fish that's because the Chinese word for fish sounds the same as the word for surplus or abundance so every year have fish every year have surplus number two dumplings dumplings are a crucial part of almost every New Year's Eve dinner in northern China but you're going to want the right dipping sauce to dunk them in what you need to do skin and soap garlic and vinegar for 20 days until the garlic turns green if you forgot to do this no problem just lay out your dumplings and then throw them on the floor you've ruined the New Year good job number three more puns sorry comes are illegal in China so not sure if this New Year's tradition applies in at least it shouldn't if you're being a good little sheep otherwise eat some young guy a glutinous rice cake nian Gao sounds like a high year no not like that like the coming year will be high like more successful by the way that character on top of this Yin Gao is the character for luck you'll usually see this character hung upside down in homes and restaurants because it's yet another pun upside-down fortune food ow sounds the same as fortune arriving number four Tong you it these are sweet sticky little rice balls often filled with a black sesame paste this dish is more popular in southern China and is usually eaten during the lantern festival 15th day of the new year number 5 long noodles no that's not a special name it's just literally long noodles long noodles represent a long life so the longer the noodle the longer the life that's why I always start my day with a cup of noodle chest hurts so much number six pomelo if you haven't seen one before comella are a massive citrus fruit a kind of sweeter milder grapefruit here's a comparison to give you an idea of how big they're many families just leave these out for the good smell they give off number seven a tray up together Me's get invited to someone's new year party better not show up empty-handed that's why Chinese supermarkets sell these trays of togetherness I suspect it's like a Chinese version of a fruitcake you'll get a lot and never eat them each tray has eight compartments because eight is a lucky number in Chinese and hence eight dishes you should eat for the Chinese New Year so what's number eight three goats bring good fortune on the new years people wish each other Sani on Chi tie which means with the beginning of spring comes good fortune but since it's the year of the Yong this dish made from goat cabbage radish green onion ginger and salt will be served it's not very fortunate dish the goats what are your favorite Chinese New Year's dishes leave your comments below and don't forget to draw your best young for the competition once again I'm Chris Chappell see you next time you

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