“Simple 3-in-1 Festive Dish, as simple as 1.2.3”
Fish, shrimps, crabs, pork knuckle and poultry are important food symbols during the Spring Festival. However, we cannot omit the importance of having greens during such festive celebrations, especially in this modern society. Having too much meaty and seafood stuff, in addition to sweet beverages and alcohol, it might not be as abundant as we think we would received in the end of the day, if we do not take the right balance in our diet. :) Besides, vegetables do play an important role in symbolizing closeness (in relationship) and vitality to life. ‘Closeness’ (亲 ‘qing‘) has the similar pronunciation as ‘Green’ (青 ‘qing‘) in Mandarin. Lettuce, as 生菜 ‘sheng cai’, in Chinese，the first character, ‘生’, has often been related with the character ‘生’ in 生气, the flow of vitality to life. It also symbolizes money making, 生财 ‘sheng cai’. So, how can we omit having vegetables here?