The Auspicious Symbolism of Lunar New Year Poon Choi
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As times change, many modern families choose to celebrate their reunion dinners in restaurants and no longer fixated on ancestral or maternal culinary traditions. Over the past decade, Poon Choi has risen in popularity becoming one of the popular choices for festive occasions.
Originating from the Hakka Village in Yuen Long, Hong Kong, Poon Choi is a dish that gathers a hundred flavours in one pot which emphasizing the basic principle of harmony in taste.
The name "Poon Choi" symbolizes abundance and prosperity with each ingredient in the pot carefully curated and carrying auspicious meaning.
Abalone and squid signify surplus year after year;
Large prawns symbolize hearty laughter;
Dried mushrooms and dried scallops resemble coins and the colour of gold, symbolizing a household
filled with wealth;
Bamboo shoots symbolize abundance in clothing and food;
Lettuce and dried oysters represent the flourishing of wealth;
Chicken signifies soaring to greater heights;
Radishes, also known as "cai tau", convey the wish for a good start in the new year.