Post # 1
my Fiance and I have a Chinese student living with us and I want to make her a traditional dish to celebrate the new year. This is her first time away from home so I want her to feel less homesick. I am a vegan but I don’t mind cooking meat. Is there any special dish that would not be too difficult to prepare? She is from the Chandu region so anything specific to there would be perfect! Thanks Bees!!
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu
i can’t help too much since my mom never cooked for me growing up, but my favorite new year snack is dried coconut! yummmm!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/02/11/DD7P1BTB1V.DTL&type=food the sf paper actually did a story on different lucky sweets, just yesterday!
Post # 4
Chengdu is pretty far from where I live, but I’m *fairly* certain that everyone in China eats dumplings (often called potstickers in the States) for New Years!
That’s so sweet that you’re celebrating with her! If there’s a Chinese community in your city, they’ll probably have some sort of potluck celebration – you should look into it and attend with her!
Here’s a dumpling recipe (no one in China actually uses recipes, but this looks really similar to what my friends have made before) http://www.theworldwidegourmet.com/recipes/chinese-dumplings-jiaozi/
Post # 5
Thanks! Her group at the university is having a party, but I thought doing something at home would be nice for her. she is an only child so I think it is difficult for her to be so far from her parents! That dumpling recipe looks easy enough, I’m sure I can make some vegan ones for me too! Thanks!!!!!!!
Post # 6
My parents aren’t so great at all the “traditional” foods, but I had a college roommate who was better (since she grew up in Hong Kong). (One year my mom’s idea was to go to Outback!)
Anyway, one of the traditional foods would be shrimp–because the character for it sounds like laughter in Cantonese. Then there’s fish–because that sounds like prosperity. And a hair-like fungus for the same reason. Can’t remember too many others!
Post # 7
Your roommate probably speaks Mandarin, not Cantonese, if she is indeed from Chengdu (I’ve never heard of a region called Chandu 😉 even after studying Chinese geography a bit). There are a lot of foods with names synonymous to other things (like what iswimibikeirun mentioned), but if you want to look some of them up, make sure they’re Mandarin, not Cantonese.