Green vegetables are believed to symbolize money, long noodles and long vegetables signify longevity of life (never cut your noodles!) and good luck comes from eating foods that are red in color (like red peppers). Displaying bowls of oranges and tangerines is thought to bring prosperity since the names of these fruits in Chinese supposedly sound like the words for gold and luck. Dumplings resemble Ming Dynasty-era coins so they represent wealth. We have a few recipes from our archives you might want to try for your Year of the Horse celebration: Spicy Pork & Mustard Green Soup with Rice Noodles, Stir Fry and Beef and Broccoli. Because you will need something to wash it all down, try the Thai One On cocktail or the Austin Cyclist which also pairs well with Asian food.
No desire to cook? Asian restaurants are bound to have a dish that will leave you feeling lucky. Try Sway, Ramen Tatsu-ya, Kome, Uchi, (or Uchiko), Asia Cafe, Szechuan House or Titaya, which is rumored to be reopening tomorrow. Learn more about Chinese New Year events taking place in Austin this weekend and into February here. Gong xi fa cai--Happy New Year! (Cathy)