As the Lunar New Year approaching, my family and friends are already anxious in planning for the feast. Since I was a little girl, that means choosing and getting new outfits to wear and place sweet offerings to the "kitchen god" so that sweet reports get to heaven what my family has done throughout the year.
Since Chinese Americans came from different regions of China and other parts of Asia too such as Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, the traditional feast during Chinese New Year in America for most of us is unique and varied to each group.
Symbolic dishes such as longevity noodles and fresh whole fish represent long life and prosperity. Dumplings are served representing abundance of "golden nuggets". For this year, the festivities will start on January 31st. My circle of friends will mark the celebrating for 15 days, feasting with Asian Tapas style — inspired with ingredients such as Kalamansi, Xaoshing wine, Gojuchang are just some of many treats which will be made to welcome the “year of the horse.”