Kung hei fat choy! It’s Chinese New Year today, which means the end of the Year of the Snake and the beginning of the Year of the Horse. Traditionally, the holiday is celebrated with red paper decorations, gifts of money, deep house cleaning and big family dinners filled with symbolic foods meant to ensure luck and prosperity in the new year. F&W can help with that last part. Here, good-luck foods for a Chinese New Year feast:
Whole Fish: In Chinese, the word for fish sounds a lot like the word for abundance (food puns/sound-alikes are a big theme in Chinese New Year foods). It is important that the fish be served whole with the head and tail intact; this will guarantee a great start and finish to the year. Try this foolproof recipe for whole roasted fish from seafood expert David Pasternack.