The fish is served family-style, butterflied, but with the head, dorsal fin, and tail still attached. “The idea was to give the full experience of the meal and keep with the notion of a whole fish for auspiciousness but make it easier to eat,” says Wu. If you can exercise the willpower to save a little fish for the next day, it signifies good fortune for the new year. Fish in Chinese (yu) is actually a homophone for the word abundance; a traditional holiday greeting ‘nian nian you yu’ can both mean “abundance and prosperity every year,” and “may we eat fish every year.” Wu suggests saving the fish juices, which stock can be used for a sauce the next day or by adding with flakes of leftover fish to cubed, sautéed potatoes, like a hash. Served alongside dumplings, which represent wealth, and long noodles for long life, this steamed fish is the perfect centerpiece for a Lunar New Year feast that symbolizes wishes for prosperity in the new year.