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DOH’s five tips for Lunar New Year’s Eve dinner
年菜料理 衛署提五要原則

An assortment of Lunar New Year’s Eve dishes.

Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

Are you still thinking about preparing loads of meat and fish dishes for the Lunar New Year’s Eve dinner? If so, you are falling behind the times.

So that people can enjoy food that is both tasty and healthy, the Department of Health’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) invited chef Shih Chien-fa, one of Taiwan’s top ten chefs and better known as Maestro A-fa, to demonstrate how to cook six healthy New Year’s dishes, including a migao (glutinous rice cakes) dish called “Fortune comes with blooming flowers,” at Taipei’s Kai-Ping Culinary School on Dec. 22 last year.

The dishes are mostly steamed, boiled, or braised. The migao dish is served in a stuffed apple casing set off with cranberries to make it both pleasing to the eye and full of balanced, healthy ingredients.

FDA Director-General Kang Jaw-jou recommends five basic principles for the public to follow to protect their family. These are washing hands first, using fresh foods, separating raw and cooked foods, cooking thoroughly, and refrigerating.

Recipes are available online at








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