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Taste of Chinese New Year

Symbolic well wishes are present in many dishes to bestow you with either wealth, luck, fertility, or even a long life through the upcoming Year of the Snake.

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Buddha's Delight

Eaten on the first day of the new year, this traditional Chinese dish called Buddha's Delight or Jai is comprised of 18 different vegetables and symbolizes luck in the new year. A vegetarian diet is encouraged in the first 5 days of the new year in order to purify oneself, so ingredients in this dish may include bamboo shoots, bean curd sticks, black mushrooms, carrot, cellophane noodles, gingko, napa cabbage, snow peas, water chestnuts and peanuts. Seasonings include garlic, ginger, oyster and soy sauce.

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