In this page of Chinese food culture, I introduce some food tradition we have for different Chinese festivals.
For example, what are the tradition for Chinese New Year celebration, and what are the typical food we eat at the Chinese new year eve. In China we also have other famous festival like Duanwu Festival, also know as the Dragon Boat Festival, which is also introduced in this page. There will be more to come. I have planned to write somethings for Middle Autumn Festival (Moon Festival) in the future.
In the northern China, the most important New Year dish is dumplings. In the south, people eat more rice than wheaten food and have rice cake for celebration. In this page I show you how we make dumplings at home (including a video).
In the southern China, people eat more rice than the wheaten food. Food like sweet rice balls, rice cake or eight treasure rice pudding is the traditional Chinese New Year food in the south.
Apart from dumpling and food made from glutinous rice, there are more family dishes for our Chinese New Year food party including fish, spring rolls and chicken feet...
Although nowadays some old traditions may seem have faded in the urban life, there are certain things we still do for today’s Chinese New Year celebration.
More about some old traditional New Year decorations, New Year Eve TV show, playing firecrackers and Bai Nian.
What are the popular foods during Duanwu Festival in Hunan China, and what is the historical story behind the traditional festival food, Zongzi? Also I introduced one food many foreigners may hate, the preserved eggs.
More about our homemade Zongzi, a
glutinous rice dumpling wrapped by bamboo leaves. Also more about the salted duck eggs. Including a video of my mum making zongzi at home.