The Auspicious Meaning of Pen Cai Ingredients
Pen Cai (盆菜) is a Chinese word that literally translates to a “basin of vegetables”. In contrast to its unimpressive name, Pen Cai is a luxurious dish that’s often enjoyed during Chinese New Year gatherings. This centuries-old braised dish includes multiple layers of premium seafood and meat, each cooked separately using different techniques.
Did you know that each ingredient has an auspicious meaning? Therefore, it is believed that eating this dish during Chinese New Year will ensure an abundant year.
Fat Choy (dried moss)
The name Fat Choy (dried moss) sounds similar to “Fa Cai (发财)”, the Chinese translation of “making it rich”. It is no surprise that this is a main ingredient, because “Gong Xi Fa Cai (恭喜发财)” is the most popular greeting during Lunar New Year!
Green Vegetables (e.g. broccoli or Chinese cabbage)
The colour green is linked to freshness. Hence, adding green vegetables to your pot of pen cai symbolises perpetual youthfulness.
White radish (daikon)
Daikon symbolises increasing growth and prosperity. As such, it is an ingredient that is not to be missed for Chinese New Year.
In Cantonese, prawns are called “Ha” and it represents a life full of laughter and happiness.
This ingredient represents longevity, likely due to its length.
“Shao Rou”, or Roasted Pork is the representation of completeness and unity in this dish. Moreover, meat and seafood are considered to be expensive ingredients.
The shape of abalone is similar to a Gold Nugget and signifies increasing abundance in the coming year.
“Golden ingredients” (scallops, bean curd skin, fish maw etc)
The Chinese favour the colour Gold. Thus, these golden ingredients mean a bountiful harvest.
Where to Buy Chinese New Year Festive Dishes
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