Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), February 9, 2002 | Go to article overview
Save to active project



Families everywhere are gearing up to celebrate the Chinese New Year... ANN EVANS finds out why food is so important in the festivities.

CHINESE chicken's feet are really rubbery - and that's precisely how many Chinese people like them.

In fact the skin of the chicken's feet is considered quite a delicacy, and as texture is very important in Chinese cuisine, they just love them.

For the less adventurous who prefer more meatier parts of the chicken to go with rice and noodles, this week is certainly the time to enjoy some Chinese cuisine.

Tuesday is Chinese New Year, the Year of the Horse, and families everywhere will be gathering to celebrate the occasion with feasting and traditional customs.

City businessman Li Am Woon, whose parents were among the first Chinese families to settle in Coventry more than 40 years ago, is looking forward to a big family celebration.

Li Am, who owns the East West Oriental grocery shop in the City Arcade said: "Working the British hours, celebrations are kept to a couple of days.

"But in China celebrations could be spread over three weeks."

Chinese New Year is steeped in traditions to ensure good fortune and happiness.

Li Am said: "At New Year amongst the feasting will be a lucky meal where the food is symbolic of long life and wealth, so you would have green leafy vegetables to represent wealth, and long noodles to represent long life - but it's very important not to cut the noodles, or you would be cutting your life short, so you just have to slurp away at them."

On the eve of New Year Chinese families will sit down to deep fried dishes, followed by soup, then usually three 'meats' which are usually fish, duck and pork.

Close relatives and special guests might be offered New Year cakes or wheat flour dumplings. Another popular course is jiaozi which are dumplings boiled in water.

Jiaozi literally means 'sleep together and have sons' - an ancient good wish for a family.

Judging from the wide mix of nationalities who buy from him, Li Am believes there's an upward trend in oriental foods.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this article

Cited article

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article



Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?