Five recipes: cook up some lucky food!

Lunar New Year is on February 1st this year, and the Japanese festival Setsubun is on February 3rd. So get set to celebrate: we've rounded up 5 of our tastiest recipes for lucky new year’s food, and we'll be sharing ideas for your whole family to enjoy.

On February 1st, people around the world will be celebrating the lunar new year, and the start of the Year of the Tiger! Get to know more about Lunar New Year in our blog post about how folks celebrate this festival around the world

There are so many traditional recipes for lucky food associated with this festival that it’s hard to pick just a few. Lunar New Year is celebrated in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Tibet, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Canada, and each country has their own food traditions. Many of the foods are considered lucky because their names are homophones - they sound like the words for good luck, prosperity or gold. Here are four lucky foods from China:

1. Mandarin oranges: these sweet golden fruits are considered good luck and they’re in season across Asia! Enjoy one as a snack together. 

2. Jiao-zi: These tasty dumplings resemble gold ingots from the Ming Dynasty (and their name sounds like the word for “money”. Here’s a wonderful recipe from Vancouver’s hua foundation. (And if you’d like to learn more about hua foundation, be sure to read our interview with them.) 

3. Nian-gao: a sweet sticky rice cake. Try this version from Woks of Life.

4. Lo han jai (Buddha’s delight): a vegetarian dish. We love this family story and recipe from Woks of Life.

On February 3rd, families across Japan will celebrate Setsubun! Learn more about this special holiday, or try your hand at ehou maki! A Futomaki roll with 7 fillings, ehou maki are eaten in a certain way after you make a wish - and they’re meant to bring you good luck as well as a big smile. 

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