The local people in Shiping are very fastidious about the New Year’s Eve dinner. Green vegetables, fish, Chinese chives, garlic leaves, water fennels, green Chinese onion and bamboo shoots are must-have dishes for the dinner because they stand for luckiness and good signs.
After the dinner, they also tend to have another dish named “Liangencai” which means wishes for them to have sufficient food for all over the year. “Liangencai” is made of the leftovers of the New Year’s Eve dinner and added with radishes and vegetables as well as chicken soup or pork soup. After several days, the dish is fermented and gives out a sour flavor. Added with chilli paste with oil, it tastes very special and goes well with rice. Usually locals start to have this dish since the first day of the Lunar Year and continue until the 16th day of the first month of the Lunar Year.