Food of the Chinese New Year


After I came to America, I noticed that everyone loves Chinese food, but there actually isn’t real Chinese food here. In New York City or some cities in California, there are some amazing restaurants with the real Chinese food there. Besides those, most Chinese food you can see here is not the real Chinese food. So I want to tell you a little common sense about Chinese food.

First, there are six characters of Chinese food, what Chinese people think while they’re cooking their own food or judging others’ food – colors, smell, taste, meaning, decoration, and nutrition. Second, there are many kinds of Chinese food. I heard the favorite food what people from outside of China like are Spring Rolls, dumplings, Chow Mein, Ma Po Tofu, and Sesame Chicken. There are so many kinds of food more that nobody can really put all Chinese food in a menu. Last, food is totally different again in different provinces and areas. The Chinese usually divide Chinese food into 8 main cuisines, which are Sichuan Cuisine, Confusion Cuisine, Cantonese Cuisine, Su Cuisine, Min Cuisine, Zhejiang Cuisine, Hui Cuisine, and Hunan Cuisine, are each of them is unique. Besides these 8 main cuisines, there are at least 12 more different cuisines. It is too much to be all shared, so today I’d like to only show you the traditional Chinese food for the Chinese New Year.

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Different Kinds of Dumplings

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New Year Cake (rice cake)

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New Year Rice

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Different Kinds of Noodles (especially on the 7th, 17th, and 27th day of the New Year)

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Rice Balls (especially on the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the New Year)




I’m a little upset that I can’t go home for the Chinese New Year every year. I miss families and friends there, and I definitely miss these food. Maybe we can all get some Chinese food before watching the Super Bowl this Sunday. Yeah, sounds right!


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