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Food is the best way to connect and get to know other people. With New Year's coming up, it's smart to learn about what traditional food other countries eat around the world. This is a great informative article for you if you like food or want to see how different countries celebrate their New Year's Day. Read below what these 9 countries eat during their New Year's celebration.
In Korea, they eat tteokguk for New Year's Day. It's a rice cake soup filled with meat and vegetables. In Korea, New Year's Day is also a form of birthday celebration where you become a year older. This rice cake soup symbolizes good luck for the year. You cannot forget kimchi as a side dish. It goes really well with the warm tteokguk. Koreans also eat jeon, crab and veggie omelettes, japchae, glass noodle stir fy, yaksik, Korean sweet rice with dried fruits and nuts, sikhye, Korean sweet drink, and many more.
In France, they celebrate their New Year's Day with the traditional meal including goose, turkey, foie gras, oysters and champagne. If you love cooking or want to learn how to cook to make these delicious meals, check out Culinary Lab. It's a lab where people like you who love food and cooking grow & learn together to pursue your goals.
In Vietnam, they have different names for New Year's Day, and the most common short name for it is Tet. New Years of Vietnamese is a big celebration just like other countries where all the families gather. Vietnamese square cakes are made from glutinous rice, mung beans, pork and other ingredients. Making these square cares is a way to express gratitude to the ancestors. Red sticky rice is for good fortune. Some other food they eat for New Years Day are frozen meat and Vietnamese sausage.
In Germany, they eat a traditional sweet for New Year's Day. It's a pancake called pfannkuchen which is filled with jam and sometimes liquor. This donut is meant for good luck. As for food, Germans mostly eat sauerkraut, a cabbage dish, which is for blessings and wealth for the New Year. They pair sauerkraut with pork.
In China, they don't have one certain food for New Year's Day celebration. Instead, they eat a lot of different food all together. It really depends on families but they mostly eat fish, chicken, veggies and rice cake. Every food has a certain meaning. The fish is for prosperity. Dumplings and fried spring rolls are for wealth. Sweet rice balls are for the family to be united together. Niangao, the glutinous rice cake, is for high income and higher position.
6. South America
In Southern America, they celebrate New Year's Eve with bottle of champagne, a party and a kiss. They also eat black-eyed peas, greens, and cornbread for good luck for New Year's Day. Peas are for pennies, greens are for dollars, and cornbread is for gold. Americans eat pork as well which symbolizes wealth and prosperity because of pork's delicious fattiness.
In Mexico, they normally eat 12 grapes at midnight of New Year's Day to represent good luck for the 12 months ahead. They wear red underwear for good fortune. Since there are a lot of different regions in Mexico, each of the regions eat different food in New Year's Day.
In Japan, traditional buckwheat (soba) noodles are a common New Year's Eve celebration food. You need to eat these long noodles without cutting them off. By slurping the noodle by whole, it symbolize that you will have a healthier and long life ahead. If you want to make a delicious bowl of Toshikoshi soba (the Pinterest image), you can check out here.
In Italy, there are a lot of dishes that include lentils for New Year's celebration. Lentils are for wealth because of their coin-like shape. They also eat raisins for good luck. Some other significant New Year's Day dishes are cotechino, a spicy pork sauce and zampone, a deboned pig trotter stuffed with sausage meat. These both bring good luck and prosperity in the New Year.
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