Of course, Chinese New Year is a big deal in Taiwan, and food is an essential part of all celebrations. The dishes on the table are deeply symbolic. Here are just a few:
- Long mustard green leaves symbolize longevity
- White radish symbolizes good fortune (due to its Hakka pronunciation).
- Min cuisine’s signature dish is Fo Tiao Qiang which literally translates as Buddha jumping over the wall. It symbolizes that splendor is maintained for the family.
- A whole fish promises prosperity for the new year, while a chicken symbolizes good luck. Dumplings shaped like ancient Chinese gold or silver ingots symbolize money rolling in and sticky rice cake heralds career promotion or improvements in the study.
- Meatballs or sticky rice balls symbolize the family reunion.