The good news for curious spectators who haven't found an Asian to adopt them for the holidays - there's plenty of action happening around Sydney, from Burwood to Chinatown and everywhere in between. From markets to dragon boat racing and even a DRAGON BALL
Z, check it all out on the Sydney Chinese New Year website.
In years past, we've focused our little FBi radio program on what action is taking place, but this year, I thought we'd look at a couple of crucial CNY foods and their traditions, so you can integrate them into your own weekends. The year of the snake brings with it potentially turbulent times...but also transition, change and transformation. So let's just focus on the important stuff, shall we?
Foods you need to have on Chinese New Year #1: Pineapple tarts
It's all about the symbolism. You eat sweets on Chinese New Year so you have a sweet new year. Geddit? While there are a few crucial sweets you see around on CNY, including the ubiquitous red bean soup which usually sends white people running for the hills, pineapple tarts are cute, butter laden and a fun and accessible way to ease into CNY delights. Starting with a buttery, short bread-like base, it's crumbly, rich and terrifyingly bad for you, if it's made the right way. This is cut into a circular flower shape and topped with a pollen centre of sticky, tart, pineapple jam. They're small, completely moreish and will have you in a diabetic coma by the end of the box. So naturally, Chocolate Suze has an awesome recipe worth trying if you want to make them yourself.
Foods you need to have on Chinese New Year #2: Noodles
Long noodles, long life. While there's no specific noodle recipe attributed to CNY, the important thing to remember is this: Don't cut them. Cutting noodles off with scissors or chopsticks when you're serving them at the dining table during CNY is a recipe for getting you excommunicated, as the superstitious regard it as a bad open for longevity. DO toss them high and make a mess when you serve them up though...like that saying 'the higher the hair, the closer to god', so too, should your noodles follow suit.
Foods you need to have on Chinese New Year #3: Whole fish
Head on, tail on. A whole fish represents the wholeness of the family unit. Plus, cooking a fish whole adds to the drama when you bring it to the table..and then you can always fight over the cheeks and eyeballs. Kylie Kwong does an amazing steamed whole snapper with spring onions and ginger...it's simple, easy to sub in almost any firm, white fish you like...and delicious. A classic Chinese dish worth mastering.
So eat up, share the weekend with good friends and family..and have a fantastic year of the snake!