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Foods for Wealth and Fame??

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I hold a monthly program with a different theme. There's a food component, and it should reflect the theme. This month's theme is WEALTH AND FAME, and I'm trying to find something to serve that is associated with that -- maybe something in Asian cuisine that is eaten for wealth? good fortune? The only thing I've found so far is shark fin soup, which I'd rather avoid. Any ideas? Much thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. Foie gras to start.

    Kobe beef for a main course, accompanied by something made with black truffles.

    To drink, sake with real gold leaf flakes in it (it exists, do a little searching).

    Those gold-foil-covered chocolate coins for dessert.

    Not what I'd call a Chowhound meal, but flagrantly symbolic.

    1. Macaroni and cheese.

      1. Have you tried researching Chinese New Year recipes (with the word 'prosperity') through google? You will be directed to a few dishes that might suit the occasion.

        1. birds nest soup is something that comes to my mind when i think of rare foods and asian culture

          1. Traditionally on New Year's day, one is supposed to eat black-eyed peas for good luck, and cabbage for money, in the coming year.

            (I think some may have misunderstood your premise.)

            1. The VRWC disagrees apparently, but I am again suggesting jelly belly jelly beans.

              A very wealthy famous actor was all about them.

              1. This was a reference question I fielded in another life - dumplings, oranges and whole fish are considered symbolic of wealth/ prosperity in Chinese culture.
                Articles on Chinese food and symbolism:
                http://www.aarp.org/food/cooking/info...
                http://chinesefood.about.com/od/foodf...