According to Chinese tradition, the long noodles in Shanghai delight will guarantee everyone at the table a long life.
Add sweet lotus root (symbolizing abundance) or lotus seed cakes (symbolizing fertility) from a Chinese bakery and candy (for sweetness in the new year) for dessert.
If you are lucky enough to be invited to a Chinese New Year celebration, don't forget to bring tangerines and oranges, these traditional offerings to hosts symbolize joy and wealth.
Other traditional foods and their symbolic meaning:
Turnips (good omens) Garlic chives (everlasting) Lettuce (growing wealth) Duck (fidelity) Eggs (fertility) Oysters (good business) Seaweed (wealth)