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When ringing in the new year in former Chinese fashion, you have to reconsider the significance of Chinese New Year food as well. Food plays a huge part in such celebrations. The Chinese New Year is a particularly special one. It is one of the most leading Chinese holidays. Sometimes called the Spring Festival, sometimes called the Lunar New Year, it takes place on the first day of the first lunar month, as denoted by the Chinese calendar. It ends on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. Now, back to the branch of food - it is legitimately hugely leading during this celebration. Foods which are thought about lucky and fortuitous are served throughout the whole fifteen days. The qualifications for lucky or symbolic foods vary. In some cases, foods are thought about precursors of good fortune because of how they appear. A whole chicken, for instance, is a symbol of house togetherness. Thus, offering a whole chicken during the Chinese New Year festivities promises that the house will remain together throughout the advent year.
Noodles are an additional one food traditionally found during Chinese New Year's celebrations. In fact, they are roughly required. In the Chinese culture, noodles symbolize a long, long life. For that reason, definite superstitions say they should not be cut. To do so would bring bad luck or worse. The inclusion of clams and Spring rolls are used to bring luck in matters of wealth. Clams are said to look a lot like bouillon. Spring rolls represent wealth because they look a bit like bars of gold. Other foods are valuable during the New Year because of the way they sound. Literally, they are used because of the Chinese pronunciation of the word. Lettuce is a good example of this. In Cantonese, the word for it sounds fortuitous. Fish is symbolic in several ways, and thus is often served. One reason is because the word for it is "yu." This word resembles the terms for "wish" and "abundance." Both of those are good things to have on your side in the new year. Symbolically, serving the fish whole is good luck as well. When the head and tail are still attached, then the fish is a symbol for a good starting and a good ending in the year ahead.
I got a lot more rice and pasta than I did potatoes, with the result that I now regard potatoes as a bit of a treat. But I think that was unusual. It's noticeable that there was no chicken or any other poultry in this menu, which is now eaten a lot more than beef or pork, I would think. I also sure didn't get dessert every day, never mind three pies in one week! Actually, I notice this series of menus is artfully poised between the make-everything-from-scratch era, and the convenience food era. Baked goods were the first foods to become regularly bought ready-made instead of being made at home. The one thing that does get a sigh of nostalgia out of me is the apple whip. Mum used to make prune whip with custard once in while and I loved that stuff. I'll have to see if I can make some apple whip.
A couple weekends ago we went out to some smaller food shops within Regina, and ended up having a lot of luck stumbling upon foods that we weren't expecting to find. We started at the Farmers' Market, where we found everything we were there for, including edible flowers. Then we went to check out a gorgeous bakery - Queen City Cakes. I was so excited to see that they sell butterfly pea flowers! These were something I forgot to bring home from Thailand, and I figured I'd have to order online. They are used in making an all-natural blue food colouring. If you're ever needing a cake for a special occasion within Regina, check out Queen City Cakes! They have excellent customer service, and the cakes are stunning. Next we went to Tony's India Food Centre. We were pleased to see that they had fresh scotch bonnet peppers, which are difficult to find in the city, and they also had dried ghost peppers.
Christopher neeeeds these extremely hot peppers, and we can never find them fresh. Even though he makes his own hot sauce, we also picked up this Trinidad scorpion sauce, because it sounded good. It's tasty, and really spicy! We were shocked to see that the India Food Centre also had these fried mung beans, which was another ingredient we used in Thailand, but we never, ever thought we'd find in our city. I was pretty pumped, as I figured we'd have to sub a completely different ingredient in for these. Finally we hit the Italian Star Deli. We were picking up burrata, but ended up finding mini lasagna-like noodles that I have been wanting to cook with. It was a day full of foodie surprises! We love supporting smaller, local shops, and they are great for finding rare and unique ingredients. A favourite of ours is Takeaway Gourmet. It is the place to buy cheese, charcuterie, gorgeously prepared cheese boards, condiments, etc. Before any celebration, dinner party, or even weekend, we usually make a stop at Takeaway Gourmet; it's a must-do. Oooooh, and look what we found in a grocery store in Edmonton! If we were looking for a reason to go back to Edmonton, we found it. Please sell all the flavours everywhere. Seriously though, be cool. Do you shop at any smaller food stores in your city? What is your favourite local, specialty food shop? Are there any foods you have a tough time finding in your city?