Cook up a lucky Media Noche feast with these delicious recipes made with lucky Filipino new year food to welcome the year of the dragon. If you’ve already filled your pantries, paid your debts, and put money in your wallets, the next pamahiin (superstition) to tackle is the preparation and serving of lucky food for the new year. If you want to get lucky and attract good fortune in 2024 but are stuck with the same old tired recipes, you’re in luck! (Pun intended) We’ve compiled a list of lucky foods and recipes you can make for the new year to help you get started on the right foot. From round fruits to lumpia recipes, we’ve got you covered with delicious and lucky Filipino new year food to make 2024 your luckiest year yet.
New Year Lucky Food #1: Noodles Symbolizing A Long & Healthy Life
Noodles are served both during New Year’s Eve and birthdays because it symbolizes longevity. Here’s a list of delicious and lucky pansit and pasta dishes you can make for Media Noche to attract longevity. Make sure not to break the noodles when preparing dishes to follow superstition.
Lucky Pansit and Pasta Recipes for New Year 2024:
- Lucky Pansit Canton Recipe
- Pansit Palabok Recipe
- Beef Pansit Bihon Recipe
- Lucky Pansit Malabon Recipe
- Spaghetti Carbonara
- Lucky Pasta Vongole Recipe
- Filipino Spaghetti with a Milky Twist
New Year Lucky Food #2: Pork Symbolizing Progress & Luck
Pork is a mainstay and highlight of our Filipino New Year’s Eve feasts. It’s delicious and indulgent, but at the same time, it symbolizes progress and luck because of how pigs look for food which is by burying their snouts in the ground and then moving forward. A lot of people see this also as a symbol of rising from difficulties and achieving success. Lucky for us, there are plenty of pork-based recipes that can make your New Year’s dinner menu lucky and delicious at the same time. Here are some of our favorite pork recipes for Media Noche.
Lucky Pork Recipes for New Year 2024:
- Lechon Belly Roll Recipe
- Lucky Crispy Pata with Bagoong Rice
- Lucky Pork Caldereta Recipe
- Pork BBQ Recipe
- Potato and Ham Soup Recipe
New Year Lucky Food #3: Lumpia For Attracting Luck and Money
These iconic deep fried spring rolls are mainstays in Filipino New Year Food Menus and celebrations because of how versatile and delicious they are. Lumpia is said to attract luck and money and is a symbol for wealth prosperity because of their resemblance to gold bars. Lumpia is a delicious way to serve up good fortune for New Year 2024. Have some fun and try these different variations of lumpia recipes for your Filipino new year food menu.
Lucky Lumpia Recipes for New Year 2024:
New Year Lucky Food #4: Dumplings Symbolizing Wealth
Dumplings are delicious traditional chinese food that’s usually eaten during Chinese New Year. Incorporate this to your menu for media noche as you welcome 2024 to attract wealth. Chinese legend has it that the more dumplings you eat on New Year’s Eve, the more money you’ll make in the coming year. Check out these dumpling recipes you can serve as appetizers for the new year. Just make sure to make your dumplings boat-like in shape because it’s the shape that’s similar to Chinese silver ingots that attract wealth. Read up on dumpling folding techniques in this article.
Lucky Dumpling Recipes for New Year 2024:
Versatile Lucky Pork Dumpling Recipe
- Pork and Beef Siomai Recipe
- Lucky Pork Siomai Recipe
- Pork & Shrimp Siomai
New Year Lucky Food #5: Smooth Round Fruits for Prosperity
Filipino custom dictates that displaying 12 smooth round fruits on the table at New Year’s Eve will bring good luck and prosperity for the coming year. Some ideas for round fruits that serve as lucky food for the new year include grapes, melons, apples, longans, persimmons, oranges, kiwis, watermelons, pears, mangosteens, cherries, and blueberries. If you want to go beyond eating the fruits as is, incorporate them into your salads to give them a pop of lucky fruity freshness.
Salads Recipes Using Lucky Round Fruits:
- Waldorf Salad made with grapes and apples
- Mango and Kani Salad
- Sweet and Creamy Macaroni Salad made with fruit cocktail
- Vegetable Pasta Salad - Feel Free to add sliced orange wedges to freshen up this salad.
New Year Lucky Food #6: Sticky Rice Dishes for Stronger Family Relationships
Sticky rice dishes or kakanin are said to strengthen the bond between families. It’s also considered lucky because it’s said to attract good fortune and prosperity and makes them stick for the entire year. There are several sticky rice dishes in the Philippines but our favorite lucky foods for 2024 are the classic bibingka and puto bumbong. Here’s a bibingka recipe that’s made extra creamy and flavorful using Knorr Ginataang Gulay Recipe Mix. If puto bumbong is more up your alley, here are delicious and novel ways to elevate lucky puto bumbong.
Get creative and mix and match these lucky foods and recipes to make your perfect Filipino new year’s food menu for 2024! Not only are these recipes lucky but they’re delicious too – perfect for feasting all night ‘til all day long while your neighbors sing Karaoke at the top of their lungs.