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10 Most Popular CNY Snacks

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Chinese New Year celebrations are often come accompanied with lots of festive snacks and treats. Here are some of the 10 most popular goodies to help you welcome the Year of the Horse:

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10 Most Popular CNY Snacks

  1. 1. As its name suggests, love letters (or egg rolls) are little scrolls with embossed designs to imply the secret code between lovers. So for those who desire to boost their romance or relationship, this is the definite snack to munch! They’re fragrant, light and crunchy, and usually quickly diminished especially by guests with children! Photo sourced from honeykidsasia.com
  2. 2. Another kids’ hot favourite, pineapple tarts. It literally means ‘Phoenix Pear’ in Mandarin or ‘Ong Lai’ in Hokkien, which signifies prosperity. There are many variations - from the flower-shaped crust, the ball shape, to the gold ingot. But more importantly is the sweet pineapple paste to welcome good fortune in the new year! Photo sourced from mustsharenews.com
  3. 3. Photo sourced from thisnext.com Remember the days when your primary school teacher gives out this shimmering coins wrapped in a Hong Boa and the whole class made a ruckus? Don’t cry if its not real gold, the teacher meant good as she wants to ‘sweeten’ your new year.
  4. 4. It isn’t Chinese New Year without exchanging and peeling some mandarin oranges! The Chinese associate a basket of mandarins as having an abundance of happiness and prosperity. They’re bursting with citrusy sweetness, full of Vitamin C which would be a much needed health boost amidst other ‘heaty’ CNY treats. Photo sourced from goodhousekeeping.com
  5. 5. Photo sourced from soshiok.com Who could resist the meaty taste of these fragrant delicacy! Legend has it that by chewing Bak Kwa, or ‘Long Yok’ (in Catonese which literally means dragon meat) would bring you vitality, strength and health. But do watch out for the calories!
  6. 6. One of the more popular treats among the youths, munching these deep fried prawn rolls signifies happiness and good fortune. Try the sambal or wasabi version for a more fiery hot flavour that would sure tantalise your taste buds! Photo sourced from scene.sg
  7. 7. Otherwise known as ‘Pa Kuo Ho’, this octagonal tray is the traditional 8-sided container used to contain a variety of nuts and dried food for the visitors. The shape symbolises 8 or “ba” (Alex, you will need to insert a chinese 8 character, which is the right way of doing it) which in Cantonese sounds like ‘prosperity’ in the same dialect. Photo sourced from travelchannel.com
  8. 8. Red dates or ’Hong Zao’ means ‘prosperity comes early’. It symbolises fertility and wealth. Roughly the size of an olive, red dates are sour when raw, but sweet when matured and dried. Often eaten with a pot of tea to compliment with the sweetness of the dates. Photo sourced from theepochtimes.com
  9. 9. If you have a strong teeth and love to nibble, then you would definitely love Gua Zi! These black melon seeds are told to bring an abundance of children as the word ‘Zi’ connotes the same meaning as ‘child’ in Chinese. Photo sourced from stockfresh.com
  10. 10. Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean getting fired, or at least in this festive context. Cuttlefish, or ‘You Yu’ in Mandarin, means ‘counting continual abundance’. So long as your boss doesn’t give you this you should be safe! Photo sourced from thisnext.com

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