Five Must-Have Dishes for Chinese New Year

To welcome Chinese New Year, families usually have a special feast for their reunion dinner. There are certain traditional Chinese dishes that should be on the table during the dinner, which are believed to bring good luck and prosperity in the upcoming year.

1. Yusheng

Yusheng (also known as “prosperity toss”) is a style of raw fish salad that is usually served as an appetiser for Chinese New Year's dinner. Yúshēng in Chinese has two different meanings, one is “raw fish” and the other is “abundance”. Therefore, yusheng is considered to be a symbol of abundance.

2. Dumplings

Usually called “jiaozi” in Chinese, dumplings have a similar shape to Chinese ingots which are oval and look like a boat. Eating dumplings is meant to bring prosperity and wealth. Dumplings usually consist of minced meat and vegetables wrapped in a dough skin, and they can be boiled, steamed or fried.

3. Noodles

Eating noodles at Chinese New Year's dinner is believed to be a symbol of longevity, wishing the eaters a long life. Either fried or boiled, served on a plate or in a bowl with broth - as long as the noodles are long, longevity is still the symbol.

4. Leafy vegetables

Whole leafy greens such as bok choy or broccoli are served during Chinese New Year as a symbol of wishing for the long life of your parents. Other than that, the green colours also resemble money. They should be cooked carefully, not overcooked, to invite longevity.

5. Tangerines and oranges

Oranges and tangerines are the type of fruits that should be eaten during Chinese New Year. They are believed to bring luck and success, as they are golden and round. In the Chinese language, they also have a similar pronunciation to “success” and are written similarly to “luck”.

Indonesian Chinese usually decorate their homes with red and gold accessories and gather at the home of the oldest family member for Chinese New Year's Eve dinner. But some of them also prefer to enjoy dinner at a restaurant, as it is simpler and often accompanied by live performances.

Grand Café at Grand Hyatt Jakarta will provide the buffet with special, traditional Chinese dishes to add festivity to the celebrations. The five must-have dishes mentioned above and many more dishes can be found at the buffet. The buffet menu can be found here.

At dinner time, do not miss the chance to meet the God of prosperity “Cai Shen Ye”. Also, enjoy special live performances of the amazing acrobatic Barongsai show, by the celebrated lion dance troupe Kong Ha Hong, in the Grand Lobby. These animals are believed to bring prosperity and push away bad luck.

Last but not least: special prizes for you! Spend a minimum of IDR 2,000,000 net at Grand Café or C's Steak & Seafood Restaurant and get a chance to win a three-night stay voucher for Grand Hyatt Guangzhou, a dining voucher for Grand Café or C's Steak & Seafood Restaurant, alongside many more prizes.

Terms and conditions apply. For more information, please call Grand Café on 021 2992 1234 ext. 3300 or C's Steak & Seafood Restaurant on 021 2992 1234 ext. 3400.

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