Six Dishes That Could Bring Luck This Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year may be the most significant holiday on the Chinese calendar. That's why Chinese restaurants across the U.S. honor this time of renewal with an array of symbolic dishes, special menus and food fraught with good fortune.

This year's celebration on February 10 will help bring in Year of the Snake according to the Chinese Zodiac -- which means anyone born in 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 or 2013, qualifies for this reptilian distinction. Want to start the new year off right? These symbolic dishes could offer you hope, prosperity and perhaps even a little extra fertility. Good luck!

Shrimp and Pork Dumplings at Big Bowl

The Dish: Shrimp and Pork Dumplings

The Story: Executive Chef Marc Bernard recognizes that dumplings bring hungry families in need together during the Chinese New Year. That's why he's cooking up this new year special for Big Bowl's special menu February 9-16, 2013. His shrimp and pork dumplings will be served at all locations in Chicago, Minneapolis and Virginia. They're filled with hand-chopped shrimp, pork and "delicate" Chinese chives.

Big Bowl will even be concocting a Blood Orange Ginger Ale (lower picture) for the holiday, donating $1 from every glass to the Make-A-Wish Foundation (up to $5,000). That'll help bring some good fortune to others. 

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By Gregg Rosenzweig


(January 31, 2013)