Certified Chinese Meal Chef Class C in Taipei since 1999. Love entertaining friends with home-cooked cuisine, hiking and camping to temper body and mind, photographing to record daily life, meditating to cultivate complete wisdom.
The first day of Lunar New Year, these are the "must" dishes for breakfast every year in my family. All of them are vegetarian foods. There is nothing about gourmet cuisine. However, it is the foods, the flavor, and the family members interweaving the thick tast of Lunar Year.
I don't know if this is only my family's custom. After eating the supper ample foods in New Year's eve, the Lunar New Year's Day breakfast surely is all veges. The dishes are fixed every year for this day. Each dish has its symbolic significance.
Chinese celery (thin and long), the symbolic of long life. The one next to the celery is vege ham.
Spinach also symbolizes the longevity.
Broccoli symbolizes burst with joy.
Hakka orange sauce refers propitious and pleasant life.
Steamed sponge cake and turnip cake symbolize getting rich and fortune.
The vege soup collects all the lucky materials in one pot. Drinking the soup will probably bring you all the fortune throughout the year!