Dragon and phoenix longevity noodles. Photo: William Meppem
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My favourite thing about Chinese New Year is how ordinary foods are magically turned into lucky charms.
As well as being tasty, long noodles now also bring you long life. The more dumplings you chow down the more gold and riches you attract. Even chucking a meatball onto your plate can be considered auspicious.
Don't worry if you're a bit sceptical, the popular foods of Chinese New Year are more tradition than superstition and, even if you're wrong, a bit of extra good luck can't hurt anyone.
Heres a five-course banquet that's both delicious and auspicious.
Dragon and phoenix longevity noodles
The two great mythical animals of Chinese legend – the dragon and the phoenix – are represented in this dish along with long noodles to ensure a long life.
Steamed Murray cod with red chilli oil
This version of the classic Chinese steamed fish is covered with a vibrant red chilli oil to represent fire in the 2016 Chinese zodiac.
Spinach and dried shrimp wontons
These wontons are very lucky during the new year period, as their shape resembles ancient Chinese sycee gold ingots.
Red-braised lion's heads
Each of the four giant meatballs in this dish symbolises one of luck, prosperity, longevity and happiness. Which one will you get?
Orange marmalade fried ice-cream with chocolate sauce
Oranges and tangerines are symbols of wealth and good luck around Chinese New Year. There's no need to feel guilty about eating fried ice-cream if it's lucky, right?