(Closed) Chinese bees- need your advice on new years food

posted 8 years ago in Holidays
Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

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 # 6
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Bumble bee

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
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Bumble Beekeeper

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.

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