There are dishes have become a staple during Chinese New Year because they are said to attract luck for the coming year.
In Monday’s episode of “Good News” with Maey Bautista, they upped the ante a notch and put a twist to the lucky dishes.
1. Hakaw dumplings
Authentic dimsum is always a jackpot but how about hakaw that comes in eight flavors?
Located in Greenhills, San Juan, Happy Dumplings offers the favorite shrimp dumpling in variants inspired by different countries: salted egg, garlic, szechuan from China, satay from Indonesia, curry from India, wasabi from Japan, and bagoong from the Philippines.
According to Feng Shui expert Tony Suvega, the number eight symbolizes prosperity and wealth.
He added that the way it is wrapped looks similar with the Chinese’s money back then.
“Ikaw ay maswerte dahil kumakain ka ng pera at kakain ka ng pera sa loob ng isang taon,” he said.
2. Mango ube sticky rice
Sticky food like tikoy are a common during Chinese New Year, because it symbolizes a close and sticky bond with the family.
This CNY, perhaps you can get the stick another way? The Mango ube sticky rice from Pad Express in Quezon City is inspired by Thailand and the Philippines and much like tikoy, it’s quite a sticky dish.
The sticky rice mixed with coconut and sugar was added with ube flavor that’s famous among Filipinos.
It may be strangely new to some, but according to Maey, the sourness of the mangoes went well with the rice’s sweetness.
3. Chocolate-coated buchi
Anything with seeds, as the beloved buchi, is said to be a lucky food as it represents fertility.
Online store Sophielaine Buchi Delicacy just gave the buchi upgrade by offering chocolate-coated ones. As though that’s not enough, these babies come with cheese or red bean fillings.
Just recently, they came up with one that’s inspired by the Chinese bun. It has sweet potatoes, custard and salted egg yolk mixed to end up with a yummy inside.
They also have ube, cheese, yema and hazelnut flavors.
4. Burger siopao
Eating siopao during CNY comes from the thinking tradition of anything polka dotted or bilog-bilog must be lucky.
Bochog’s Food Store put a twist to it by putting burger and siopao in one. Instead of the usual bola-bola or asado, a burger patty is placed between siopao bread that’s cut in half.
To make up for several ingredients included in a typical burger, the store offers a wide variety of sauces including sweet chili, sweet barbecue and teriyaki sauce.
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