Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Chef Lawrence Chu of Chef Chu’s, left, puts sweet and sour sauce on a whole fish, a must-have on Lunar New Year’s Eve. Revelers never finish the fish on Lunar New Year’s Eve, because the Chinese word for fish, “yu,” sounds the same as “surplus” – meaning save some for next year.
As the Lunar New Year approaches, the seafood departments at local Chinese markets gear up for more orders of fish, a must-have for the Chinese New Year’s celebrations that kick off Feb. 16.
Chinese families always share a whole fish on Lunar New Year’s Eve, either at home or at their favorite restaurant. However, they never finish the fish, because the Chinese word for fish, “yu,” sounds the same as “surplus” or “savings” – meaning they have to save the surplus for the year(s) to come.