Chinese New Year Appetizer Recipes

Food plays a major role in Chinese New Year celebrations. Pearl balls are frequently served at Chinese New Year celebrations. The round meatball signifies reunion, and this is traditionally a time for families to come together. egg rolls (spring rolls) are also popular—they are thought to symbolize wealth since the roll resembles a 10-ounce gold bar. And you'll often find families making dumplings together on New Year's Eve, particularly in northern China.

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    Chinese dumplings (Jiaozi) in bowl
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    In northern China, families spend the night before Chinese New Year preparing dumplings to enjoy after midnight. Serve Jiaozi dumplings with ​ginger soy dipping sauce

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    Close-Up Of Spring Rolls With Sauce In Plate
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    Spring rolls symbolize wealth as their shape and color ​are thought to resemble a long gold bar. These spring rolls are filled with barbecued pork and vegetables.

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    Tangyuan, Glutinous rice ball at food market of Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province, China
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    Pearl balls are frequently served at Chinese New Year celebrations. The round meatball signifies reunion, and this is traditionally a time for families to come together.

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    Asian inspired lettuce wrap
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    The Cantonese word for lettuce sounds like rising fortune, so it is common to serve lettuce wraps filled with other lucky food. To turn this into an even more symbolic dish, substitute dried oysters for the chicken meat (dried oyster sounds like the word for "good").

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    Gyoza
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    These tasty pan-fried dumplings are perfect for Chinese New Year celebrations. Serve potstickers with soy sauce with ginger, hot chili oil or ​dumpling dipping sauce

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    A spoon of stuffed dumpling and decoration of lanterns, CG, Chinese Culture, Backgrounds
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    Traditionally, these dumplings are served on the Lantern Festival marking the final day of the Chinese New Year season.