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[top to bottom] the eats & what they symbolize:
homemade dumplings (餃子) | “money bags” aka wealth
pan fried tofu with ponzu (炸豆腐) | “gold” aka wealth
eggplant with green onion | there isn’t really symbolism for this, so for our sake, let’s just say…wealth?
eggrolls (蛋皮春卷) | similarity to “gold bars” aka (are you seeing a pattern yet?) wealth
whole soy sauce chicken | family wholeness, togetherness, and prosperity
noodles | (so we cheated a little with the pad thai…) long life
whole fish (魚) | ‘年年有余’; surplus and prosperity for the coming year
shanghai rice cakes (年糕) | ‘年年高升’; growth and prosperity to grow every year
oranges (柑橘) | good fortune.. and well let’s bring it full circle – wealth
Despite our post and what you might have read on the internet, you might think this holiday (chinese new year) is all about food and family, but it’s not. This holiday is really about the money. I mean, come on, eating foods that ‘look like’ ‘sound like’ ‘smell like’ money? It’s becoming quite obvious that the food symbolizes all of the money that is supposed to end up in my our bellies and make me us rich.
Additionally, this holiday is symbolized by the passing out of red envelopes or ‘Hong Baos’ which are filled with cash. AWESOME. This year, there are no red envelopes pictured above because, plainly, we didn’t get any. Apparently, there is a parental rumor going around that once your kid has a job, they no longer receive such envelopes. NOT AWESOME. It’s clear this is a horrible conspiracy. I am going to stand firm in my belief that I should be receiving Hong Bao’s until I am at least 55 (that’s early retirement age, right?). Anyone going to join my petition? Who are those silly parents trying to fool here…