For a Chinese, one meal of the year is the most important. In order for this meal to span thousands of miles and thousands of kilometers, you must return home before the beginning of this period. This meal is at the table. In the past, it can best present the pure customs, the most sincere and beautiful wishes, the reward for hard work, the joy of a good harvest, and the expectation of the coming year.
The annual New Year's Eve dinner is a big meal that requires family mobilization. Preparing this meal often needs to be prepared a week in advance. Every time before the end of the year, the people in a large family gathered together, and the customers began to prepare in advance. Well, all kinds of dishes used in the Spring Festival. China has a vast territory, and the dishes presented in different regions are different, and the types of food obtained are different, which has brought about a variety of dishes on the table. The most obvious difference is the two areas divided into interviews. After a year of hard labor and leisure, I have time to develop and imagine food more abundantly.
In the area where pasta is the main food, one of the concrete manifestations of this creativity is to make dumplings, because the noodles are dumplings, shaped like ingots, and serving on the table symbolizes the meaning of "New Year's Fortune, Ingots Roll". A big family gathered around the table, rolled dumpling skins, made dumplings, and lively described the plan for the year. They watched the grandchildren playing with dumpling skins happily, and then changed their unique taste in the subtle way. And the shape of the dumplings is inherited.
In the area where rice is the main staple, one of these concrete manifestations of creativity has become rice cakes. The mochi, which means a year-on-year rise, has a poem called mochi, "The mochi means a little bit deeper, white like silver-yellow gold.
The Han Dynasty had rice cakes, and Bao Bing only waited for a variety of titles. Yang Xiong's dialect in the Han Dynasty already had the titles of cakes. Because the northern and southern dynasties were popular in the Liao Dynasty, it is said that every year on the first day of the first month in Beijing, every family had the custom of eating rice cakes. By the Ming and Qing dynasties, rice cakes had developed into a snack that is available on the market all year round and has a flavor of North and South do not.