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Three foods to usher in more fortune this Lunar New Year

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For those celebrating the Lunar New Year, each meal can be quite the symbolic affair.  Much of the foods consumed during this festive period are not just daily staples.  They are in fact usually eaten to get the new year off to as good a start as possible.

So it’s probably fortunate that these foods also tend to be delicious.  Here are some tasty foods that are said to bring good luck when eaten during the Lunar New Year. 

Longevity Noodles

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In many Asian countries, long egg noodles are said to symbolise a long life.  It is for this reason that the noodles are never cut.  Made from egg and wheat flour, the noodles have a chewy texture and can be cooked using a variety of methods.  Stir-frying and boiling in soups tend to be more popular as the length of the noodles needs to be maintained.

Whether you have it stir-fried like the Chinese and Thais, or in soups like the Japanese (who make their noodles with buckwheat), the Electrolux Keyhole hob, with its unique combination of gas wok burner and induction cooking zone, lets you prepare your longevity noodles just the way you like it.

Tangerines

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The tangerine, or mandarin orange, is a symbol of luck in many Asian cultures during the Lunar New Year.  To the Chinese, the shape, colour and name of the fruit is synonymous with luck and wealth. To the Vietnamese, the tree on which they grow brings the hope of good luck and prosperity.  The tree’s flowers represents the coming year while its buds represent renewal and luck.  Its green oranges symbolise potential income and the orange fruit, when ripened, represent a windfall.

Refrigerators with multi-airflow systems and crisper compartments like the Electrolux EBM5107SC help to keep such fruits fresher longer, ensuring that these symbols of luck and good fortune last long after the festivities are over.

Yu Sheng

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Originating from China, this raw fish salad is made from shredded white radish, carrots, capsicum, turnips, red pickled ginger, sun-dried oranges, key lime leaves, parsley, chili, jellyfish, chopped peanuts and toasted sesame seeds.  Shrimp crackers, five spice powder, plum sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and kumquat paste are added on top of the vegetable mixture with slices of raw fish.

Yu Sheng has 27 ingredients, each of which have a symbolic meaning pertaining to health, wealth and luck for the coming year.  The family then tosses the salad together while saying auspicious wishes for the new year.  It is believed the higher the toss, the greater the diner’s growth in fortunes, so this “lo hei” process can become a rather enthusiastic affair.

Pre-prepared ingredients are often offered in supermarkets where the dish is popular during the Lunar New Year, which saves lots of time and effort in preparing the shredded or ground ingredients. If your local shops do not offer Yu Sheng, you can make your own at home with your own ingredients. The Electrolux EBR2601 blender comes with a mill grinder accessory that makes the grinding of dry foods like spices and peanuts a quick and convenient affair.

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