List by: anika854, created: 31 Dec 2016, updated: 31 Dec 2016 Personal: Only owner can add dishes

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1. Long Noodles

Long Life Noodles (Chinese) (Japanese)

In China, Japan and other Asian countries, it's customary to eat long noodles, signify longevity, on New Year's Day. Since the noodles are never to be broken or shortened during the cooking process, the typical preparation for "Long-Life Noodles" is a stir-fry.

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2. Cornbread


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3. Pickled Herring

bismarck herring (European) (German)

In Europe country such as Germany, Poland and Scandinavia, it's believed that eating herring at the stroke of midnight will ensure a year of bounty—as herring are in abundance throughout Western Europe. Also, their silvery color resembles that of coins, a good omen for future fortune.

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4. Whole Fish


It is Chinese cuisine.The Chinese word for "fish" sounds like the word for "abundance," one of the many reasons fish has become a go-to good luck food. Also, Rosemary Gong writes in Good Luck Life, her book on Chinese celebrations, that it's important for the fish be served with the head and tail intact to ensure a good year, from start to finish.

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5. Lentils

(Hungarian) (Italian)

A popular New Year's meal in Italy is Cotechino con Lenticchie (green lentils with sausage) because of the legume's greenish color and coin-like appearance. Deeper into the myth: When cooked, lentils plump with water, symbolizing growing wealth. Lentils are also considered good luck in Hungary, where they're preferred in a soup.

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