For the Chinese, Chinese New Year is a time for celebration when families get together to gorge, drink, and bestow good tidings upon one another. For expats it often means sitting alone in the dark amidst a mass grave of Suntory cans, watching bootlegs of How I Met Your Mother while nonstop booming fireworks and cackling firecrackers make you feel as if you’re in a Baghdad bunker. Not this year however, for we’ve listed 6 sumptuous New Year foods you can try with friends to get in the festive spirit. So swap the stale rice crackers for some nian gao, Year of the Snake commences in little over a week!
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Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].