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Traditional dishes at the Lunar New Year celebration center

As in many cultures, traditional treats such as dumplings and boiled noodles are at the center of New Year’s celebrations.

HOUSTON — The Lunar New Year is in full swing, which means two weeks of fun, family, and, of course, food. As in many cultures, traditional food is at the center of New Year’s celebrations.

Among them are noodles that are hand-bought for customers to see at Trendy Dumpling near Greenway Plaza.

“New Year’s noodles are very important to us!” Owner Jo Jo Wang explained that they symbolize long life, especially for the elderly.

Crescent-shaped dumplings that look like pot stickers, shaped like ancient gold bars, are the stars of the show.

“It looks like old money, like gold, like yuan bao,” Wang said. The more you eat, the more money you will earn in later years.

“Grandmother, mother, grandson – they all sit together and make dumplings. It’s like a family reunion,” she said.

She taught KHOU 11 host Shern-Ming Chow a refresher course on dumpling making. Hers were a little crooked, but at least they tasted the same.

The Lunar New Year originated in China about 3,500 years ago and then spread to neighboring regions and countries, including Taiwan, South Korea, and Vietnam.

In most Asian countries, the Year of the Rabbit is coming.

Koreans call the Lunar New Year Seollal.

The Vietnamese call it “tet” and spend the whole day preparing the most important rice cake. They celebrate the year of the cat.

But one thing is absolutely the same everywhere: money in a red envelope!

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