CNY Flashback: Chinese New Year Delicacies

Food! There would be plenty of that not just for the living but also for the Gods during Chinese New Year! (inset). Prior to the big day, not only are cookies and cakes baked but Chinese New Year must like the oranges and the sweet glutinous cake called nien kao are bought and stored. The oranges are auspicous as they bear the name kam as in gold and the glutinous nien kao are not just deliciously sweet but when they are fresh, they are sticky; and when offered to the Kitchen God, his mouth would be sealed and he would only have sweet words when he presents his report on the family to the Jade Emperor on Chinese New Year Day! So useful are food during Chinese New Year!

Which would you like to take a bite of? The sweet nien kao or the sweet oranges?


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