Spring rolls (aka chun juan) are thought to look like bars of gold and thus mean wealth and good fortune. What’s inside the deep-fried exterior? A blend of pork, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, cabbage and assorted other veggies. Make your own version at home with this recipe.
Known as changshou mian, these noodles are up to 2 feet long—and the longer the noodle, the luckier you are! No wonder their name means “long-life noodles.” Just be careful not to accidentally break the noodles while you’re cooking. That’s extremely bad luck, as it foreshadows cutting someone’s life short.