By Risa Divina
People across the globe follow certain traditions to ensure a lucky start to the year.
Some even eat certain foods which are believed to bring prosperity and good luck all year round.
Welll-known Feng Shui master Hanz Chua said food is an integral part of New Year celebrations which the Chinese take the most pride in.
To ensure the year ahead is filled with happiness, good health and prosperity, here are some lucky foods to try during this auspicious occasion.
Lung Hin Restaurant’s Signature Salt Baked Chicken is not like any regular chicken that you can score in a nearby fastfood chain. Chua said chicken and duck are an essential New Year’s food to eat.
Its Braised South African Fresh Abalone with Japanese Oyster is also a must have. While abalone is pretty expensive, this special dish from Lung Hin is worth its price for its succulent taste. Abalone is a symbol of wealth and good fortune to the Chinese.
Another favorite is the Baked Slipper Lobster which tasted like heaven. Its creamy cheddar cheese sauce was just too good. The lobster was so meaty, tender and juicy that
you’d actually want to eat more.
Another common Chinese New Year food is glutinous rice which can bring higher income or position. In Chinese, glutinous rice cake translates to higher and higher by the year.
You gotta love Lung Hin’s Steamed Abalone Glutinous Rice for its chewy texture and traditional fillings. It was stuffed with salted egg, meat and some Chinese herbs.
Among the special dishes served, my favorite would have to be the Steamed Whole Japanese Scallops in Fan Shell. I couldn’t put into words how good it tasted. There was a mixture of garlic, butter and oyster sauce and some spices.
Eating lucky foods, whether or not you believe it, may increase your good fortune. So hurry and try these mouth-watering dishes from Marco Polo’s Lung Hin.