Chinese new year food Ilustration

Indonesia is a country famous for its diversity of tribes, customs, cultures, and ethnicities. No wonder in Indonesia many have celebratory days from different cultures. One of the celebrations that are often celebrated by Indonesian people is the Chinese New Year celebration. Chinese New Year celebration is synonymous with celebrating Chinese ethnic days in welcoming the turn of the year for Chinese citizens.

Hearing the Chinese new year must be fixed on our minds about various cultural performances such as Barongsai, theater, and sharing ang-pao who often enliven the Chinese New Year celebration. Besides cultural performances, it turns out that Chinese New Year celebrations in Indonesia also offer a variety of dishes which are only served during Chinese New Year celebrations, if you happen to be in Indonesia and coincide with Chinese New Year celebrations, there is no harm if you try the following Chinese New Year celebrations.

1. Basket Cake

This cake is made from simple ingredients, sticky rice, salt, water, brown sugar, and wheat flour. Then, wrapped in plastic or banana stone leaves. The taste is sweet and has a texture similar to dodol. In the middle of the surface of the cake, there is a moon-shaped symbol that has the meaning of unity. This hope is intended so that families who gather during the celebration can continue together in harmony. You will have no trouble finding a cake basket before the Chinese New Year celebration. From traditional markets to large supermarkets, they must sell these mandatory Chinese snacks. The price is varied, ranging from Rp. 20 thousand – Rp150 thousand, depending on the size and shape of the decoration.

2. Long-Life Noodle / Siu Mie

Siu Mie is defined as a long-life noodle. Its long and unbroken shape is a symbol of longevity and luck for those who eat it. Actually, Siu Mie is an ordinary fried noodle.

However, the mixture is very complete, such as mustard, cabbage, mushrooms, chicken, shrimp, clams and squid. The noodles used are not ordinary egg noodles, but Misoa is made very long and strands.

This food is not only served during Chinese New Year, but also becomes the main menu when there is a family that is repeated. Usually, families will pray together before eating Siu Mie. How to eat is unique, immediately eaten using chopsticks and do not need to be bitten so that it is not broken.

Basically, eating Siu Mie is not just a tradition of welcoming the New Year with family. But also to motivate people to always have hope, and keep away from negative things.

3. Candied 8

Like the nastar cake during Eid, octagonal sweets are a popular snack during Chinese New Year. Chinese people believe that number eight brings good luck to someone. Therefore, the tradition of serving octagonal candies is a mandatory ritual during Chinese New Year.

The eight candies have different meanings, namely:

  1. Candied melons: Development and Health
  2. Dry/fresh coconut: Friendship and unity
  3. Orange Kumquat: Gold and prosperity
  4. Kelengkeng: Many children
  5. Lotus Seeds: Fertility
  6. Lychee: A strong family bond
  7. Peanuts: Long live
  8. Red Watermelon: Happiness and honesty.

The ingredients for making sweets, also known as a tray of togetherness, are a little difficult to obtain and rarely made by themselves. You can get it in various stores and supermarkets with prices offered at IDR 50,000 – IDR 70,000 per box.

4. Processed Milkfish

Another mandatory menu when the Chinese New Year is fish In Indonesia, the usual menu of fish is milkfish. Chinese citizens in Indonesia, believe that eating milkfish can make the business run smoothly. The selected milkfish is usually jumbo-sized. As well, the method of cooking and serving must be intact because it is believed to be able to provide abundant fortune and luck.

You can cook the milkfish dish according to your taste. Milkfish is usually very tasty if it’s in Pindang or in Presto and fried crispy. Which do you prefer?

5. Mandarin Oranges

Mandarin oranges symbolize abundant sustenance. This fruit is an important dessert during Chinese New Year celebrations. Usually, these oranges are served still with stalks and leaves that symbolize wholeness, prosperity, and well-being that will always grow. The bright color of mandarin orange and its perfectly round shape likens the chunks of gold which also have the meaning of wealth and prosperity.

Well, you are free to choose the size of oranges that you like more. If large size is considered a symbol of wealth, while a small size indicates luck.


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