Lucky Foods for a Prosperous New Year

Lucky Foods for a Prosperous New Year

Here’s to a year filled with good fortune.

Every culture has its own superstitions for the New Year—lucky for us, most of them revolve around food.

And (believe us) we’re more than happy to take out extra insurance for a good year to come in the form of eating. From donuts to noodles, here are the foods we’ll gladly chow down on this New Year’s Day and the whole year to come:

Pistachio-Glazed Donuts

Pistachio Glazed Donuts

Pistachio Glazed Donuts

It’s wise to eat circular foods on New Year’s Day, as they represent the year “coming full circle.” We’ll be glad to fulfill that superstition in the form of donuts.

Braised pork belly

Braised pork belly

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For meat eaters, we’d recommend pork as the protein of choice this year. Since pigs are usually plump and well-fed, they represent prosperity and good fortune. Plus, they lead with their snouts, which indicates progress.

Whole grilled fish

Whole grilled fish

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If you’re going to bet on one dish to bring you luck this year, go with whole fish. Fish travel in schools, representing prosperity, and always swim forward, meaning progress. Plus, fish scales look like coins, symbolizing wealth.

Colorful Asian-inspired noodles

Colorful Asian-inspired noodles

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Long noodles equal long life in Japanese culture. The only hitch? You’ll need to master the art of slurping them down without breakage for the good omen to stick.

Lentil stew with sausages

Lentil stew with sausages

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Lucky lentils? You can bank on it. These tiny legumes look like miniature coins, representing a flush New Year.