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Dried Oysters (Ho See) and Black Moss (Fat Choy)

On the eve of Chinese New Year, the reunion dinner is held. Many of the dishes, and the ingredients that go in them, have symbolic meanings, often alluding to wealth, health, and prosperity. One such symbolic dish, is Ho See Fat Choy. The name Ho See (dried oysters) is similar to the phrase, ‘good events’. While, Fat Choy (black moss – a hair-like algae) is a homophone, for the phrase for, ‘prosperity’, which is used in the New Year greeting ‘Kung Hei Fat Choi’. The black moss, in combination with the dried oysters, together convey, ‘good events and growing fortune’.

 

Kung Hei Fat Choi

 

source: five-fold happiness, Nations Online

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