台灣圍爐食物的吉祥寓意Traditional Chinese New Year Food
除夕就是農曆新年的前一天晚上, 這一天全家會打掃家中除舊佈新以迎接新年的到來, 晚餐會是一整年中最豐盛的一餐, 並且出外的遊子也會回來家中團聚, 除夕晚餐又稱 "圍爐" , 因為傳統餐桌下也會放置一個燒炭的暖爐, 大家圍坐一起用餐. 因此除追求豐盛色香味俱全犒賞自己及家人，更重要的意義在於連繫情感,祈福並討個好兆頭。
“Wéi lú “ is the name for the Chinese New Year feast. It's the biggest meal of the year.(Think Christmas dinner) All of the food on the table is considered lucky for various reasons.
Here is an introduction to a few of the wéi lú dishes
Niángāo is a sweet rice cake that taste especially good battered and deep fried. The gāo sounds similar to height in the Chinese language and therefore symbolizes promotion.
A whole cooked fish including the head is also served. Fish(yú) and abundance( yǒu yú) have a similar sound. The family purposely doesn't finish their fish that night in the hope of abundance in the New Year.
Fa Gao is a yeast risen rice flour cupcake. It sounds like fā cái which means to get rich.
Steamed dumplings are eaten because they are in the shape of a gold ingot. Some families will hide a coin in one of the dumplings for good luck.
Boiled balls of glutinous rice flour called tāng yuán are eaten. It has a similar sound to tuán yuán which means to have a reunion.
ke/kue is chicken in Taiwanese and sounds similar to home in the same language. Again, it symbolizes reunion.
Hot Pot is a simmering broth that meat and vegetables are cooked in. It is served because everyone sits around the pot and symbolizes reunion.
ōng-lâi is the Taiwanese word for pineapple. It symbolizes prosperity and therefore is lucky.