New Year’s Eve, Shanghainese-Style

The Year of the Dog is coming, and with it one of the most important meals of the year: New Year’s Eve dinner. It’s just like when the family all gathers around the table for Thanksgiving dinner, except there’s the added fun of getting to spin the food around. The only problem for most expats is that they don’t have much if any family with them here. Maybe you can’t do it up the way you like, but if you want to follow local traditions, here are the best ways to do it Shanghainese-style:

 

 

 

A Round Table

 

“Round” in Chinese is “yuan”, which is a homonym for “full”, “success”, and “comes true”. During the meal, people always make toasts and share their blessings.

 

The Order of Dishes

Dishes come one by one, in the following order: cold dishes, hot dishes, Chinese Dim Sum, and then soup.

 

 

[Cold Dishes]

Sliced Cold Chicken

The first cold dish of Shanghaiese New Year’s dinner. Chicken is called “ji” in Mandarin, and it is a homonym for luck and happiness.

 

 

 

 

Six-Baked Bran

It has bran, mushroom, fungus and peanuts. It’s sweet, salty and fresh.

 

 

 

 

 

Shanghai Salad

Made with potato, red sausage, and peas, with egg yolk and salad dressing on top.

 

 

 

Scallion Jellyfish

 

 

Oil-Exploded Fish

 

 

Sweet and Sour Spareribs

 

 

 

Steamed Dried Eel

 

 

 

Red Jujube with Glutinous Rice

 

 

 

[Hot Dishes]

Sauteed Shrimp

 

 

Mandarin Fish Pine

 

 

Three Wire Buckle

 

 

 

Stir-Fried Shrimp

 

 

Water Shoots Roast Pork

 

 

 

Roast Pork

 

 

 

Savoy Bamboo Shoots

 

 

 

Stir-fried Eel with Hot Oil

 

 

 

Sautéed Lily Bulbs and Celery

 

 

 

“Eight-Treasure” Duck

 

 

 

Stewed Assorted Delicacies

 

 

 

[Dim Sum]

Eight-Treasure Rice Pudding

 

 

 

Spring Roll

It is a kind of traditional Chinese food, usually eaten at breakfast. Like mantou, baozi and youtiao. Spring rolls are another good choice at the beginning of the day, together with a cup of soybean milk. It is fried like youtiao, but has fillings like vegetables, meat or vermicelli inside a thin piece of flour skin. It is usually rectangular.

 

 

Cooked Fruit

 

We hope this helps you pack on that extra layer to get you through this extra frigid season. Remember, in China you’re not fat, you’re just fortunate!

 

Source: eastday

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