Welcoming the Year of Prosperity: Celebrating Lunar New Year with Symbolic Dishes

Lunar New Year, a significant occasion in Chinese culture, commenced on February 10th, marking the start of the Year of the Dragon. Families, eager to embrace luck and prosperity for the year ahead, gathered to indulge in a symbolic feast. While traditional greetings like Kung Hei Fat Choy or Gong Xi Fa Cai are often exchanged, their true meaning goes beyond a simple “Happy New Year.” Instead, they convey wishes for a prosperous year.

The renowned Jade Dynasty restaurant, nestled in Ala Moana Center, unveiled four auspicious dishes from their exclusive Lunar New Year set menu. Demonstrating their culinary expertise, Jade Dynasty’s President Alan Ho, VP Timothy Ho, and Chef Tang showcased these dishes on HNN’s Sunrise Weekends. Chinese community leader Eddie Flores also shared insights into Chinese New Year traditions.

Vegetable lovers delighted in Jai, a dish consumed during Lunar New Year celebrations. Jade Dynasty presents this auspicious dish as part of their special nine-course Chinese New Year Set Menu available until February 28th. Known in Chinese as Xin Nian Fat Choi Jai, it represents new year prosperity. Consisting of various ingredients like napa cabbage, mushrooms, carrots, and more, Jai serves as a cleansing vegetarian dish consumed on the first day of the 15-day long festivities.

The set menu also features other symbolic dishes, each carrying their unique significance. The first dish is chilled abalone with garlic cucumbers, symbolizing prosperity and long life. Maine lobster with ginger and onion is the second dish, its name a play on the word “dragon,” which is associated with strength and power. Lastly, sticky rice with preserved meats in lotus wrap, or yut chun guo hei, signifies the harmony and unity of a family, just like sticky rice clings together.

Aside from these delightful dishes, Chinese families incorporate other symbolic foods into their New Year celebrations. The pomelo represents prosperity, the tangerine signifies luck, and the rice cake symbolizes family togetherness. Moreover, elders hand out red envelopes or Li Shi filled with money to unmarried individuals, symbolizing good luck and wealth.

Jade Dynasty, a culinary gem that first opened its doors in 2010, has garnered numerous accolades, including being recognized as the Best Chinese Restaurant in the Hale Aina and Hawaii’s Best Awards.

So while stepping into the Year of the Dragon, why not relish these symbolic dishes and embrace the traditions that bring luck and prosperity for the year ahead? Visit the Jade Dynasty website at jadedynastyhawaii.com or call 808-947-8818 to immerse yourself in their culinary delights. With operating hours from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, there’s plenty of time to savor their offerings. Don’t miss out on their delectable dim sum, available until 5 p.m. Indulge in a memorable celebration of the Lunar New Year at Jade Dynasty.

FAQ Section:

1. What is Lunar New Year?
Lunar New Year is a significant occasion in Chinese culture, marking the start of the Chinese calendar year. It is a time for families to gather and celebrate, seeking luck and prosperity for the year ahead.

2. What are some traditional greetings for Lunar New Year?
Traditional greetings exchanged during Lunar New Year include “Kung Hei Fat Choy” and “Gong Xi Fa Cai.” These greetings go beyond simply wishing a “Happy New Year” and convey wishes for a prosperous year.

3. What dishes are included in Jade Dynasty’s Lunar New Year set menu?
Jade Dynasty’s Lunar New Year set menu features four auspicious dishes. The dishes are Jai (a vegetable dish), chilled abalone with garlic cucumbers, Maine lobster with ginger and onion, and sticky rice with preserved meats in lotus wrap.

4. What is the significance of Jai?
Jai is a dish consumed during Lunar New Year celebrations, also known as Xin Nian Fat Choi Jai. It represents new year prosperity and serves as a cleansing vegetarian dish. It consists of various ingredients like napa cabbage, mushrooms, carrots, and more.

5. What do other symbolic foods represent during Lunar New Year?
During Lunar New Year, other symbolic foods include pomelo (representing prosperity), tangerine (signifying luck), and rice cake (symbolizing family togetherness).

6. What is the significance of red envelopes?
During Lunar New Year celebrations, elders hand out red envelopes or Li Shi filled with money to unmarried individuals. This gesture symbolizes good luck and wealth.

Definitions:
– Lunar New Year: The Chinese New Year, based on the lunar calendar, celebrated by Chinese communities worldwide.
– Jai: A vegetable dish consumed during Lunar New Year celebrations, representing new year prosperity.
– Napa cabbage: A type of Chinese cabbage with a mild flavor, often used in Asian cuisine.
– Abalone: A type of marine snail, considered a delicacy in many cultures.
– Pomelo: A citrus fruit similar to grapefruit, often associated with good luck and prosperity.
– Tangerine: A type of citrus fruit, symbolizing luck in Chinese culture.
– Rice cake: A traditional Chinese dessert made from glutinous rice, often eaten during Lunar New Year festivities.

Suggested Related Links:
Jade Dynasty Hawaii: Official website of Jade Dynasty restaurant offering more information about their menu and services.