My Mom’s Infamous Savoury Radish Cake

Every year I think the same thing…. I will make this dish one day!!! My mom has written the recipe down and will be passing down to me eventually…

But, for now, I look forward to savouring my mom’s super infamous, savoury radish cake.

It’s the year of the Rat this year! Happy New Year, everyone!

What Chinese Horoscope are you?

Image Courtesy of Yucatan Times

Story of the Rat

“The Rat is the first of all Chinese zodiac animals.

According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first.

The Rat is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) Zi () and the midnight hours. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Rat is yang and represents the beginning of a new day.

In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children.”—The Yucatan Times

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