A dish originated from China, ‘Pun Choi’ is also known as ‘Basin Vegetables’ or ‘Big Bowl Feast’. This unique dish consists of ingredients arranged in layers such as pork, abalone, scallops and prawn to name a few. Similar to ‘Yee Sang’, each ingredient also has its own meaning, for instance the abalone symbolises good fortune and scallops for new hope and luck.
4. Longevity noodles
This special noodles are served not only during Chinese New Year but also on birthdays. Eating this symbolises a long and happy life. Typically uncut and made longer than normal noodles, it is served either fried or served in a bowl of broth.
5. Nian gao
The meaning of ‘Nian Gao’ in Chinese sounds like ‘getting better year after year’. It could mean rise in business or better grades every year. Usually eaten on its own or cooked with yam, this sticky rice cake can be found in every Chinese home during the festive celebration.