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Eggs

Symbolic Chinese Foods - EggsImage: Pietro Izzo used under the Creative Commons Licence

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

Symbolic Chinese Foods - NoodlesImage: su-lin used under the Creative Commons Licence

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.

Fish

Symbolic Chinese Foods - FishImage: Robyn Lee used under the Creative Commons Licence

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.

Duck

Symbolic Chinese Foods - Duck Image:  Parisa used under the Creative Commons Licence

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.

Chicken

Symbolic Chinese Foods - ChickenImage: James used under the Creative Commons Licence

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Top Five Symbolic Chinese Foods

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.

It is not surprising, therefore, that Chinese culture seeps into many aspects of Chinese cuisine. In this part of the world, many foods have symbolic meaning, which is revered even today.

Here are several symbolic Chinese foods:

Eggs

Symbolic Chinese Foods - EggsImage: Pietro Izzo used under the Creative Commons Licence

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

Symbolic Chinese Foods - NoodlesImage: su-lin used under the Creative Commons Licence

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.

Fish

Symbolic Chinese Foods - FishImage: Robyn Lee used under the Creative Commons Licence

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.

Duck

Symbolic Chinese Foods - Duck
Image:  Parisa used under the Creative Commons Licence

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.

Chicken

Symbolic Chinese Foods - ChickenImage: James used under the Creative Commons Licence

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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