Yee sang (raw fish salad)
In Chinese culture: Yee and Sang also means “abundance” and “rising” in many Chinese dialects. This dish symbolises the increase of abundance – a wish that most aspire for in the New Year.
Before eating, everyone at the table will trade good wishes and mix the salad together with chopsticks.
Nutrition wise: As this dish is vegetable based, it is rich in fibre and vitamins.
To eat healthfully: For those who need to watch their sugar levels, take it easy with the sesame oil and plum sauce. Pour just enough to get the flavour.
Nien gao (sticky cake)
In Chinese culture: Nien and Gao also means “year” and “high”. It symbolises the increase of success and prosperity. Usually offered to the Kitchen God before Chinese New Year, it is often steamed and eaten in its original form, or fried after the sticky cake is sandwiched between sliced yam.
Nutrition wise: These tasty sweet cakes are sugar and calorie-rich
To eat healthfully: As nien gao has a high glycemic index, people who are diabetic need to be mindful with the amount they take.
In Chinese culture: Mandarin oranges symbolise gold. It makes a good gift for friends and family during house visits.
Nutrition wise: They are high in dietary fibre and vitamins.
To eat healthfully: Taking more of a good food does not mean there will be extra benefits. Although it is not likely you can overdose on mandarin oranges, it is always wise to eat moderately.