Gung hay fat choy! Chinese New Year is a holiday rich with tradition, centered around family and food.
This year, the holiday falls on Thursday, Feb. 19 and is the year of the sheep (also referred to as the Year of the goat or ram), which represents promise and prosperity. Chinese New Year’s Eve is a particularly special day, as families come together for a big feast, comparable to a Thanksgiving dinner. Most dishes served during Chinese New Year are symbolic of good things one wishes for in the new year. For example, eggs and seeds symbolize fertility, noodles represent longevity, and fish signifies abundance because the Chinese word for “fish” is a homonym for “surplus.”
For this recipe, we’re making lettuce cups, which represent prosperity. (The Chinese word for lettuce sounds like “rising fortune.”) This recipe is flexible; feel free to substitute turkey for another protein, or add different vegetables if you'd like.
Prep time: 10 minutes