Follow Me Foodie: Symbolic foods to usher in Chinese New Year

A dried oyster dish, such as this one at Fisherman’s Terrace, can be interpreted to mean “good things to come” on Chinese New Year. — Image Credit: Mijune Pak

Vancouver is known for its large population of Chinese immigrants and Chinese-born Canadians, and the Chinese restaurants here are highly regarded across North America.

However, the menus don’t give many descriptions and ingredients are often lost in translation, so authentic Chinese dining can be intimidating. Often the menus are made for 10 people, too, with 10 to 12 lavish courses served family style.

The most important meal during Chinese New Year is actually the one that happens the night before, on Chinese New Year Eve. Here are three dishes that every traditional Chinese New Year Eve dinner usually has. Read the full story.

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