Start the Monkey Year with these food to bring you better luck, and most importantly, health!
YEAR OF THE MONKEY
Your lucky ingredient: Peach
In traditional Chinese folklore, monkeys love peaches. Being their favourite food, the peach fends off evil and welcomes prosperity. For those born in the year of the Monkey, sweeten your year with peaches or peach tea!
YEAR OF THE ROOSTER
Your lucky ingredient: Rice
For those born in the year of the Rooster, this year will spell career success as they are likely to reap the rewards of their hard work. Start of the year with the Chinese New Year dish nian gao,made from glutinous rice. It symbolizes increasing achievements and prosperity with each coming year, as the word ‘gao’ in its name sounds identical to the Chinese character 高 meaning high or tall.
YEAR OF THE DOG
Your lucky ingredient: Peanut
Those born in the year of the Dog may find themselves low on luck this year. However, peanuts are a great source of energy and it symbolizes vitality and health. Indulge in peanut-based snacks such as peanut butter cookies over the New Year to give your luck that extra boost. Alternatively, you can get your fix of peanuts from local dishes. For example, you can dip generously into that peanut sauce which goes well with your satay!
YEAR OF THE PIG
Your lucky ingredient: Eggplant
Health issues may be an area of concern for those born in the year of the Pig. That being said, eggplants are well-known for their numerous health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and regulating levels of cholesterol. Over the New Year, consider simple dishes such as stir-fried eggplants to benefit from the health advantages it provides.
YEAR OF THE RAT
Your lucky ingredient: Pineapple
Those born in the year of the Rat are predicted to face higher levels of stress this year. Reduce your stress by indulging in pineapple based treats. Besides being deliciously sweet, pineapples are high in vitamins that will help improve brain functions and improve your capability to deal with stress. Also, since it’s Chinese New Year, you can’t miss out on the crowd favourite – pineapple tarts!
YEAR OF THE OX
Your lucky ingredient: Mandarin oranges
It will be a peaceful year ahead for those born in the year of the Ox. Expect an abundance of good news as they will come one after another. With no worries ahead, they can simply enjoy the Mandarin oranges exchanged with friends and relatives over Chinese New Year. Afterall, they spread the positive message of prosperity and good fortune!
YEAR OF THE TIGER
Your lucky ingredient: Chicken breast
Unfortunately, those born in the year of the Tiger might not be as lucky in areas of health or finance. Counter this by eating chicken breast as it has the highest protein content when compared to other parts of the chicken and can contribute to building a stronger body. When ordering the usual chicken rice, you should try to make a healthier choice by opting for chicken breast meat.
YEAR OF THE RABBIT
Your lucky ingredient: Walnut
Those born in the year of the Rabbit will come across many instances that would require them to make use of their brainpower. Walnuts are perfect for flexing your brain power as they bring multiple benefits like boosting brain capacity and memory. The next time you visit a bakery or cafe, look out for foods that contain walnut such as walnut butter cakes!
YEAR OF THE DRAGON
Your lucky ingredient: Apples
Digestive woes may pose a problem for those born in the year of the Dragon. They will benefit from staying away from fried and oily dishes, and should eat food that are high in fibre such as apples. Like the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away! The fruit also symbolises peace as apple (ping guo in Mandarin) contains the word ping that sounds identical to peace in Mandarin.
YEAR OF THE SNAKE
Your lucky ingredient: Herbal soup
This year may take many unpredictable turns for those born in the year of the Snake. Drinking herbal soup is a popular Chinese method for providing nourishment and balancing bodily functions. Different herbs bring different benefits, so be sure to include those that will work on addressing your health concerns.
YEAR OF THE HORSE
Your lucky ingredient: Lotus root
For those born in the year of the horse, it will be a smooth-sailing, be it in the area of career or health. Lotus roots will bring you luck as they represent continuous abundance, signalling that current success might extend year after year.
YEAR OF THE GOAT
Your lucky ingredient: Steamed fish
Last but not least, those born in the year of the goat may suffer from minor but frequent ailments due to a lack of immunity. Steamed fish will allow you to enjoy fish in a delicious and healthy way, while retaining its high nutritional content. Alternatively, when you visit the hawker centre, do consider having sliced fish soup for your meal!
Feastbump wishes all our users a smooth sailing year ahead! Visit FeastBump if you need some good food to accompany you through all the ups and downs in this year of the Monkey. Like we love to tell ourselves, no challenge cannot be overcome with food :)
This article first appeared on FeastBump.com on February 2, 2016.