For Chinese New Year (which, on the lunisolar calendar,
arrives somewhere between mid-January and mid-February), long noodles
symbolize long life. Extra-long noodles are essential to this dish. To round
out this lucky meal, also serve citrus like pomelo, tangerines and oranges; Nian Gao cake; Buddha’s Delight; long
beans and leafy greens; whole fish; and Jiao Zi dumplings.