Chinese New Year around the world

Hong Kong

Pun Choi 2

Pun Choi, a smorgasbord of seafood and meat

Hong Kong’s most eagerly anticipated holiday usually involves three or four days off work and lengthy, raucous family gatherings involving mountains of food.

Various dishes include: pun choi, a hodgepodge of abalone, dried mushroom, prawns and chicken; turnip cake and neen go, a sweet snack made from glutinous rice flour and brown sugar.

Neen go has the same pronunciation as ‘year’ and high’ and so it signifies success for adults and growth for children in the coming year.

Alcohol is not traditionally consumed at Chinese New Year but most Hong Kong families have now cottoned onto the idea and plump for a light, fruity red such as Beaujolais, or some of the older generation might have a nip of Cognac.

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