Or what kind of sounds does a dragon make? Dragon, a mystical creature is a symbol of power, strength, and good luck in the Chinese culture. According to the lunar calendar, this coming Monday (January 23) marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon and because this creature is such a significant icon, there are already prediction that hospital beds are all booked up…no, not for patients, but for pregnant mothers because being a child of the Dragon is just awesome and a good omen to a bright future.
Lots of delicacies are eaten for Lunar New Year, both savouries and sweets. One of my favorite sweets is nian gao, a homonym for “higher year.” Nian gao made from glutinous rice flour, Chinese brown sugar and water. Instead of baking the ‘cake’, you steam it, giving it a gelatinous consistency. You could eat it in cold blocks or pan fry it to make it an even more ‘mochi mochi’ textural bite. You eat this for breakfast on New Year’s day, but with so much leftover, I do not complain to continue my ‘year growth’ consumption. Best of all? Nian gao is vegan, so it totally suits my diet…well, except for the sugar rush. 🙂
Happy Lunar New Year!
Gong Hei Fat Choi!