Lucky Tummy Alert: Flavorful Food Treats To Enjoy On Your Chinese New Year Feast


Food is an important part of almost any special celebration, but it holds an even deeper meaning for Chinese New Year due to the traditional symbolism attached to some dishes. Among these are wealth, prosperity, and happiness—which we all hope to have and experience for the rest of our year. And as Chinese New Year comes this February 10, it’s time to start planning your menu for a celebration worthy of welcoming the lucky new year with.

To match the incoming Chinese New Year’s festive and fortune-filled mood, here are seven dishes that’ll bless your tastebuds with their delicious flavors—plus an auspicious symbolism for some. 

Something round and tasty 

Due to its similarity in shape with money, round food is believed to help manifest wealth during the Lunar New Year—and what’s a better (and more classic) round food for special occasions than pizza? With its premium flavor and overload of toppings, Greenwich’s Roast Beef & Cream Cheese pizza is a perfect match for festive celebrations. Enjoy a generous serving of savory and juicy roast beef toppings, rich cream cheese filling, and additional taste and texture with sauteed onions and mushrooms in every bite of this tasty treat. 

Buy a 9” Roast Beef & Cream Cheese pizza and get 3pcs. Crunchy Chicken for free at all Greenwich branches in SM Malls with a Swipe Coupon from February 9 to 11, 2 PM to 4 PM. Simply download the SM Malls Online app, select the deal and go in-store to enjoy this cheesy goodness. 

Your daily dose of dumplings

Dumplings are a staple in Chinese cuisine—and for a good reason. These bite-sized treats traditionally represent wealth and fortune, which makes them a must-have on your Chinese New Year spread. Among the most popular dumpling dishes here is siomai, which you can enjoy at Chowking in a combo with another delicious Chinese snack: siopao. Both treats are well-loved for their savory pork fillings, which deliver a burst of flavor in every bite. 

Save up to P31 on your Chunky Asado Siopao and Siomai order with the Mix and Match bundle at Chowking in SM branches nationwide.

Symbol of prosperity

The similarity in sound between the Chinese words for fish (yú) and surplus has turned the seafood into a sign of prosperity, wealth, and abundance. Thus, it is traditionally served during Chinese New Year to bring good luck—and if you’re looking for a delicious fish entrée to include in your menu, try Panda Express’ Kung Pao Fish.

Combining savory and spicy flavors, this dish features fried fish fillet, vegetables, and peanuts tossed in a mouthwatering sauce. You can order it as part of the Panda Express Family Feast, which includes your choice of three large entrées and two large sides. Aside from Kung Pao Fish, other dishes you can enjoy from this bundle are Panda Express’ best-selling Orange Chicken, Mongolian Pork, and Fried Rice.

Order the Panda Express Family Feast at Panda Express in SM City North Edsa until February 29.

The forever staple tikoy

Chinese New Year celebrations here are never complete without tikoy, a sticky rice cake believed to attract higher income or career growth. Its stickiness is also traditionally linked to closer family ties, while its sweetness helps manifest a smooth sailing year ahead. Tim Ho Wan’s version of this glutinous rice treat, the Fish-shaped Tikoy, even offers another fortune-filled bonus: it is shaped like a majestic fish to further symbolize prosperity!

Order the new and upgraded Fish-shaped Tikoy for only P688 at Tim Ho Wan in SM Megamall until February 11.

A celebration classic

Noodles are a symbol of long life, which makes them a classic dish you can find in Chinese New Year celebrations. Classic Savory Chef’s Choice Set Meal brings you a delightful serving of Seafood Mushroom Stir-fry Noodles, which features a flavorful mix of stir-fried noodles with seafood, mushrooms, and vegetables for a filling meal. Aside from this mouthwatering noodle dish, the Chef’s Choice Set Meal also includes hefty servings of Seafood Treasure Soup, General Garlic Chicken, Sweet & Spicy Spareribs, rice, and iced tea good for four people—so you can share a tasty meal along with the blessings of longevity with your family or friends, too!

Get the Chef's Choice Set Meal for only P1,395 at Classic Savory in SM branches until February 29.

All-in-one abundant feast

The more, the merrier—because a bountiful feast mirrors abundance and prosperity. To help you craft a menu quickly and hassle-free, Botejyu offers an all-in-one feast with their best-selling dishes in their New Year Bundle. Order this set meal now to fill your table (and appetite) with a regular Original Chicken Karaage, a Prawn Tempura Platter, two bowls of Pork Tonkotsu Ramen, a Chicken Butter Rice Bowl, a Grilled Char Siu Pork & Egg Rice Bowl, and four glasses of Iced Tea.

Save P416 on mouthwatering Japanese dishes with the great New Year Bundle at Botejyu in SM Center San Pedro until February 29.

Sweet treats for a sweet life