Vegan Dishes for Lunar New Year Celebrations

Published through PETA.

Lunar New Year is the time of year for the tastiest Asian dishes! Named after the lunar calendar and moon cycles, each year is marked by one of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals, and 2022 is the year of the tiger. These big cats are known for their strength and courage, qualities you should try to embody at the start of the new year.

On Lunar New Year, friends and families come together to celebrate the New Year with quality time and food – lots of food. Whether your resolution is to save more animals or eat healthier, these traditional dishes will help you start the year off right.

These Asian staples look like bags of gold. Tradition has it that the more you eat on the first day of the new year, the more prosperity (i.e. 💰) you will have in the months to come. Try these crispy, cheesy kimchi-miso dumplings from Okonomi Kitchen for a unique take on this classic dish.

The longer the noodle, the better! You can have noodles in different ways: served cold, in soup, sautéed or with tofu or vegetables. A superstition warns against cutting noodles as they symbolize longevity, so be very careful and use chopsticks to avoid breakage. Making noodles from scratch only requires a few simple ingredients to achieve the perfect chewy texture. This easy recipe from WoonHeng will have you swallowing every last noodle.

Fried and crispy, the spring rolls fit perfectly in your hand and look like gold bars. While at your local Asian restaurant, ask for buns without egg wrappers. If you want to try making these crunchy delights at home, try Tiffy Cooks recipe for traditional Taiwanese spring rolls.

How to say no to fried food? These daikon patties are crispy on the outside and soft and tasty on the inside. Eating them will supposedly help bring you good luck in the new year.

According to the Plant-Based Wok, “The literal name of this dessert, nian gao, means ‘sticky cake’ (粘糕), but it is also a homophone for nian gao (年高), which means ‘to grow’ each year. .” For this reason, it represents the growth and prosperity that the new year promises to bring.This sweet recipe uses coconut milk, almond extract and sweetened red bean paste for a delicious combination of flavors .

What a treat! Tang yuan are round, gooey desserts that symbolize the full moon. When grouped together in a bowl, they represent the circle of harmony within your family. These from Chez Jorge are filled with toasted black sesame seeds.

Tangerines, Oranges and Pomelos

These citrus fruits are known for the luck they are supposed to bring. Eat one or more, because we all know that fruit is important for a balanced diet.


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