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Chinese New Year Recipes That Will Bring You And Your Taste Buds Good Fortune

If you needed an excuse to eat as many dumplings as possible, here it is.
01/20/2012 05:53pm ET | Updated February 18, 2015

Thursday, February 19, marks the start of the Chinese New Year. It's time to say so long to the Year of the Horse and welcome the Year of the Goat. As with most holidays worth celebrating, there's a long list of special food associated with the Chinese New Year, many of them said to bring good luck.

Fish is often served because the Chinese word for fish, , sounds like the Chinese word for abundance. Chinese dumplings are also said to bring prosperity -- and the more you eat, the better. That's a tradition we can stand behind. Other lucky dishes for the Chinese New Year include Niángāo, or glutinous rice cakes, tāngyuán, which are sweet rice balls, and long noodles, which are supposed to bring longevity. Duck, one of our favorite dishes, symbolizes fertility and health. Chinese tradition holds that duck and chicken should be brought to the table whole for the New Year's dinner -- only then can the carving begin.

The Year of the Goat is said to bring stability and tranquility and is also supposed to be a good time for education -- making it a great time to learn how to make some new recipes. We've rounded up 19 recipes to help you ring in the Year of the Goat in true style. Hopefully they'll bring you a ton of good fortune, but at the very least, they'll bring your taste buds a feast for the ages.

1
Yuan Xiao (Glutinous Rice Balls)
Escapades
Get the Yuan Xiao (Glutinous Rice Balls) recipe from Rasa Malaysia
2
Guotie Pot Stickers
Nate Tate and Mary Kate Tate
Get the Guotie Pot Stickers recipe by Feeding the Dragon: A Culinary Travelogue Through China with Recipes
3
Florence Lin’s Baked Coconut Sticky Rice Cake
Jeanette's Healthy Living
4
Stir Fried Chinese Long Beans
Tiny Urban Kitchen
Get the Stir Fried Chinese Long Beans recipe from Tiny Urban Kitchen
5
Taiwanese Oily Rice
Escapades
Get the Taiwanese Oily Rice recipe from Escapades
6
Chinese Tea Eggs
Use Real Butter
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7
Best Ever Pineapple Cookies
Rasa Malaysia
Get The Best Ever Pineapple Cookies recipe from Rasa Malaysia
8
Pan-Seared Sichuan Shrimp With Mung Bean Noodles
Tina Rupp/Food & Wine
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9
Chinese Egg Rolls
A Steamy Kitchen
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10
Vegetable Fried Rice
Julie Toy
Get the Vegetable Fried Rice recipe by Curtis Stone
11
Chinese Boiled Pork Dumplings
A Steamy Perspective
Get the Chinese Boiled Pork Dumplings recipe from A Steamy Perspective
12
Peking Duck
Nate Tate and Mary Kate Tate
Get the Peking Duck recipe by Feeding the Dragon: A Culinary Travelogue Through China with Recipes
13
Clams With Pork And Golden Garlic
Kana Okada/Food & Wine
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14
Chicken Wontons
Get the Chicken Wontons recipe from Rasa Malaysia
15
Beef And Vegetable Lettuce Wraps
Julie Toy
Get the Beef And Vegetable Lettuce Wraps recipe by Curtis Stone
16
Chicken Chow Mein
Dana Gallagher/Food & Wine
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17
Pan Fried Pork And Shrimp Potstickers
A Steamy Perspective
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18
Soy And Ginger Glazed Salmon
New Media Publishing
Get the Soy and Ginger Glazed Salmon recipe by Melissa Roberts
19
Green-Tea Fortune Cookies
Con Poulos/Food & Wine
Get the Green-Tea Fortune Cookies recipe by Food & Wine

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