Food plays an important role in any culture. Because of its importance, more often than not, man’s own beliefs shape a country’s delicacies.
Here are several symbolic Chinese foods:
The Chinese believe eggs symbolise fertility. After a baby is born, the happy parents in China hold a ‘Red Egg and Ginger party’. During this ceremony, they pass around hard-boiled eggs to the guests to announce the birth of their child.
Noodles are a symbol of longevity in Chinese culture. Noodles are as important as cake and candles in Chinese birthday celebration. The Chinese are so attached to this dish that they even cut a strand of noodle as good luck.
In China, serving a fish whole is a symbol of prosperity. Fish also has symbolic significance because of the Chinese word for fish, ‘Yu’, sounds like the word for riches. The Chinese believe that eating fish will help your wishes come true in the year to come.
Ducks represent fidelity in Chinese culture. Therefore, every Chinese wedding will serve up plates of mouthwatering peking duck. Also, red dishes are featured at weddings as red is the colour of happiness.
In Chinese culture, chicken forms part of the symbolism of the dragon and phoenix. Chicken is popular during Chinese New Year, symbolising a good marriage and the coming together of families.
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