It is a norm of many families to maintain a vegetarian diet on the first day of Chinese New Year. The custom is followed so diligently that after many generation, many do not understand the reason behind it. It stems from the Buddhist teaching as a form of self-purification.
Many also believe that it counteract the excessive food eaten on Chinese New Year eve and to obtain good karma for the New Year. We have chosen some of the best vegetarian dishes from the Internet, with each representing happiness, fortune, longevity or prosperity.
3. Braised beancurd with mushrooms and broccoli
Leafy greens symbolises long life for parents.
5. Imitation Sharksfin Soup
Sharksfin is often consume as a symbol of status. At JewelPie, we do not believe in eating endangered animals, so we recommend vegetarian version of Sharskfin soup instead. (Recipe by Food Lab Asia)
10. Koi Fish Jelly
Fish is a must-have dish for Chinese New Year. It symbolizes excess i.e having more than enough of food and clothing for the year.
What is your favourite lunar new year dish?