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Kung Hei Fat Choi!*  Topica Editorial
 Jan 12, 2001 16:09 PST 
Grub & Grog Newsletter

by Jenny Baker (jen-@get.topica.com)

I'll admit that this week's menu is a bit premature. I'm going to tell
you about a Chinese New Year feast to cook at home, even though Chinese
New Year isn't until January 24. Consider it this way -- you'll have
time to practice these dishes, and make sure they're perfect by the time
the Year of the Snake actually begins.

Each of these dishes has a symbolic role in the celebration, explained

Start with spring rolls, whose resemblance to gold bullion signifies
good fortune.

As a main dish, a whole chicken represents a phoenix, the mythical bird
of rebirth and rejuvenation. This phoenix er, chicken is poached and
accompanied by a ginger and scallion sauce.

Then a whole fish, signifying abundance. This recipe is for steamed sea

And finally, noodles, whose length represents longevity. This is a lo
mein beef variety.

And now, the shameful admission: I'm no Chinese New Year expert. All
credit for this info, and these recipes, goes to Epicurious.com. Check
out their other Chinese New Year features here:


* Kung Hei Fat Choi means Happy New Year.

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