7 Foods for a Lucky Chinese New Year – Leite’s Culinaria

7 Foods for a Lucky Chinese New Year – Leite's Culinaria

Sunday, January 22nd ushers in the Chinese Lunar New Year 2023. In the Chinese calendar, that’s New Year 4721, the Year of the Rabbit.

To celebrate, we’re offering some of the best Chinese recipes on the site from legends such as Grace Young and Terry Tan–incredible dumplings, fish, shellfish, pork, and noodles.

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In Chinese astrology, the rabbit is considered the luckiest of all the twelve animals. Born in 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, or 2011, rabbits are known to be quiet, graceful, alert, quick, kind, intelligent, patient, and responsible.

So to all of LC’s rabbits, (and the rest of the Chinese zodiac), we can’t think of seven better dishes to kick off your year full of luck, prosperity, and love.


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A person holding a platter of fried pork dumplings and bowl of dipping sauce.

Fried Pork Dumplings

These fried pork dumplings are filled with ground pork, napa cabbage, chives, soy sauce, fresh ginger, and sesame oil. They’re fried in just a bit of oil and then steamed. On the side is a piquant dipping sauce.


A white bowl filled with stir-fried lettuce, topped with sesame seeds on a white wooden surface.

Stir-Fried Lettuce

Stir-fried lettuce with soy sauce and sesame oil is unexpectedly and thrillingly tasty. You probably already have a head of romaine just waiting to be used, so you can experience it for yourself.


This was surprisingly delicious. Tasted [like] a delicate but hearty Chinese green, but easy to find in the American supermarket. Will definitely make again.

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An oval ceramic platter topped with Sichuan pepper prawns and bamboo sticks crossed over the top of them.

Sichuan Peppercorn Prawns

These Sichuan peppercorn prawns are a quick and easy authentic Chinese dish of dry-fried prawns with just the right amount of numbing heat from toasted Sichuan peppercorns.


A metal skillet with four pieces of steamed cod with ginger and scallions.

Steamed Cod with Ginger and Scallions

This steamed cod with ginger and scallions is an easy, Asian-inspired weeknight dish made with cod that’s gently cooked in a simple yet flavorful sauce of rice vinegar, soy sauce, and ginger.


This recipe is delightful and highly recommended. The flavors are subtle but completely permeate the cod. Steaming helps the cod flesh retain moisture. (If you’ve ever had the misfortune to sample overcooked cod you’ll know how tragic it can be.)

We served this as part of a dinner with fish head soup, choy sum, and steamed rice. Perfection!


Pieces of Chinese roast pork in a black dish with chopped scallions beside it.

Chinese Roast Pork

This Chinese roast pork recipe turns out a crisp, crackling BBQ pork belly just like what you find in Chinatown. Like most Chinese barbecue, it’s impossibly tender, slightly sweet, and surprisingly easy to make at home. Here’s how.


A bowl of Cantonese noodles with mushrooms and ham topped with cilantro.

Cantonese Noodles with Mushrooms and Ham

Rice noodles are quickly stir-fried with shiitakes, soy sauce, and sesame oil. An easy, satisfying weeknight meal.


These Cantonese noodles were delicious, very nice. I added some snow peas for color with the bean sprouts, just nice and simple. Thanks!


Three chocolate sesame balls in a colorful dish, with one broken open to show the melted chocolate inside.

Chocolate Sesame Balls

Warm, luscious chocolate sesame balls, made with rice flour and dark chocolate coated in sesame seeds and deep-fried, is a traditional Chinese dessert. Think Chinese profiteroles.


Chinese New Year Food FAQs

Are there any unlucky foods to avoid at Chinese New Year?

Since white is considered an unlucky color, white foods, such as tofu, rice, cauliflower, and eggs are generally not served during New Year festivities. Squid and crab are also avoided.

How long does the Lunar New Year last?

Lunar New Year lasts from the emergence of the new moon, which is on January 22, 2023, and ends on the day of the full moon, on February 5. The first day is known as “Spring Festival,” and the final day is “Lantern Festival.”

Why are oranges so popular during Chinese New Year?

Oranges and tangerines are often exchanged between friends and family at New Year as a symbol of good luck. Foods with vibrant colors, such as orange or red, and foods that are round are considered lucky.

Curious about the history behind other lucky foods? Find out all about them in this article on the lucky foods to eat at New Year’s and the ones to avoid.

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