The Chinese Lunar New Year is upon us this week! This Monday starts the Chinese Year of the Monkey and Asians all across the world will celebrate with parades, dances and of course, delicious food. Never ones to pass up on good eating, Americans had adopted this Asian holiday into our mainstream culture and now celebrate in their own ways. While many of us will get some local Chinese take-out and call it a night, for those of you up to a challenge, making your own homemade Chinese feast in your Rivington kitchen is a great way to celebrate.
You probably already have your Chinese favorites, but keep in mind traditional Chinese traditions of shrimp for happiness and joy, noodles for longevity and spring rolls for wealth. Host your own Chinese New Year party and play around with different foods!
Here are some ideas to start with:
- Spring rolls and egg rolls symbolize wealth, because their shape resembles gold bars.
- Pan Fried Pork and Shrimp Pot stickers, which also symbolize wealth.
- New Year Cake (Nian Gao), a glutinous rice cake that symbolizes achieving new heights in the coming year when eaten.
- Eating fish on Chinese New Year, especially whole fish, symbolizes abundance.
- Serving a whole duck or chicken on Chinese New Year symbolizes good health.
- Shrimp symbolizes laughter and good times.
- The tiny flowers in broccoli and cauliflower florets symbolize blossoming flowers, for a blossoming and beautiful new year.
- Eating rice on the New Year promotes fertility, luck and wealth.
If you want to order take out here are a few options right in Hoboken not too far from The Rivington:
Lo-Fatt-Chow (720 Monroe Street, C-103) (201) 798-5050
Precious Chinese Cuisine (128 Washington St., Ste 1) (201) 798-8827
Yeung II Sushi Asian Cuisine (1120 Washington St) (201) 420-7197