On January 28 we celebrated Chinese New Year and welcomed the year of the rooster. With celebrations come family gatherings and of course food, lots of food. It’s a Chinese tradition to close the year with a big family dinner on new year’s eve. In a regular household, the tables are often filled with all sorts of meat dishes. In the past there was not much food, especially during wartime. People had to eat whatever they had. Only when they had money, they could buy “better” food, which was meat. And so, meat was considered to be high class food and vegetables low class food. The more meat there was on the table, the wealthier and “blessed” the family would look. This tradition was passed down to the next generations.
But, hold on a second. So, new year is supposed to be happy for everyone, right? Then, what about the animals? Celebrating the new year means we’ve survived another year and a brand new year is right ahead of us. But isn’t it ironic that people celebrate their lives by ending another’s life? What hit us hard is that people don’t even think of this as a problem. Because humans have something to celebrate, animals will need to be slaughtered. How is this a happy new year?
With this thought in mind, our mum always taught us that a celebration should be a happy event for all. And violence shouldn’t be part of it. So ever since we were young, she veganized all the popular Chinese New Year dishes and snacks. We respect her a lot for having the perseverance to stick to her beliefs and to make every celebration in our lives cruelty-free. Therefore, we would like to dedicate this post to our mum’s homemade Chinese New Year food.
Glutinous rice balls with red bean paste filling (Tang Yuan)
Peanut puffs with peanuts, sesame and coconut flakes filling (Gok jai)
Rice krispies with peanuts and coconut flakes & Fried dough twists
Taro cake & New year’s cake
Sesame balls & Glutinous rice dumplings
Pandan and coconut rice cake
Chinese New Year feast
Seitan & Fried beancurd
New year’s resolution
Over the past few years, we tried to veganize our favourite dishes and snacks by ourselves. Some were successful and some failed big time, but we won’t give up. In this new year, we will continue to try and veganize all the food we love. And show the world that animals do not need to suffer for us to live and enjoy.