Like Christmas, Chinese New Year inevitably throws up the same dishes year after year. Chinese dumplings (Jiao Zi), fish, and for the Sichuanese, glutinous rice balls (Tang Yuan).
It’s as much tradition as luck and superstition.
In my family, it’s always regarded fervently as family time. Months ahead, we book the time off to be with family. We eat traditional meals and watch the CCTV Chinese New Year Gala. As the Gala is some four hours long, there’s a lot of eating to be done.
In China, our family is sizeable but in the UK it’s somewhat reduced. Three to be precise. So the eating is always downsized.
But in spite of this, we will always have the basics like the Chinese dumplings and glutinous rice balls. And as the time zone differs, the dumplings usually end up being for lunch while the glutinous rice balls work as breakfast.