Lunar New Year 2020: The Year of the Rat

The rat may not sound as exciting as its lunar calendar companions like the tiger or the dragon, but they actually come first in the cycle. Outgoing and optimistic, with an excellent sense for business, rats will have a year full of career gains and financial stability in 2020. Cha-ching!
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I'm Feeling Lucky

Legend has it that in the race to determine the order of the zodiac animals, the rat convinced the ox to give him a ride to the finish line, where he promptly jumped off and crossed before all the others.

The rat's lucky numbers are two and three, and their lucky colors are blue, green, and gold. March, September, and November will be the most auspicious months this year for rats, so plan accordingly!

Food for Thought

If you were born on the Year of the Rat, you should be careful of your health in 2020, and combat any oncoming sicknesses by eating plenty of veggies and lean proteins. But if you want to sneak some extra sweets for the New Year, we won't tell!

Happy Chinese New Year!

To ring in the year of the rat, try out these yummy Chinese or Chinese-inspired recipes!

That's How the Cookie Crumbles

VEGETARIANTOMATO-FREE
Chinese Peanut Cookies
Wok & Skillet

These traditional Chinese Peanut Cookies are sweet morsels of peanutty goodness that crumble and melt in your mouth. This popular Chinese New Year treat is so easy to make and irresistibly delicious.

Instant Yum

NUT-FREEFINGER FOOD
Chinese Murukku
Huang Kitchen

Nowadays, murukku is something that many Chinese homes will serve for Chinese New Year. Chinese Murukku is an easy, instant recipe that is so easy to make and crispy to munch. Perfect for the last-minute cooks!

Pumpkin it Up

HEALTHYWINTER
Steamed Chinese Pumpkin Cake
Anncoo Journal

This healthy and easy Steamed Chinese Pumpkin Cake is soft and moist especially when served warm. You can place the remaining pumpkin cake in the fridge and re-steam it the next day for morning breakfast.

Bread Basket

KID-FRIENDLYPESCATARIAN
Chinese Scallion Bread
Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen

If you're a complete carb addict, this Chinese Scallion Bread is the perfect accompaniment to all of that flavorful Chinese food you'll be enjoying for the New Year!

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