On 5 February, people all over China will celebrate the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival. The new year begins a little later in China because the Chinese follow a different calendar – the lunar calendar.
In accordance with Chinese tradition, different animals are assigned to each year. 2019 will be the year of the pig, which represents the character trait of honesty! This means that everyone born in 2019 will fall under the Chinese zodiac sign of the pig.
We’re using this opportunity to take a closer look at the Chinese zodiac signs... and to give our recommendation on which food best fits YOUR zodiac sign! ;)
Rat (1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008)
Personality: Open, sociable and creative
People born in the year of the rat have a strong need for harmony, but are also proud and ambitious.
Your perfect food: Dim sum – tastes best when shared with friends and family!
Ox (1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)
Personality: Careful, persistent and traditional
Those who bear the sign of the ox are regarded as vigorous and diligent. These people are very focused on safety and tradition; they are wary about new things and situations.
Your perfect food: Spring rolls – a time-tested classic that never lets you down!
Tiger (1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)
Personality: Bold, cheerful and independent
Those born under the sign of the tiger radiate energy and vitality and are reluctant to commit themselves to anything. They are very independent, but are also risk-takers – which doesn’t always end well!
Your perfect food: Szechuan beef – because you're brave enough for this spicy dish!
Rabbit (1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)
Personality: Sensitive, harmonious and romantic
People born in the year of the rabbit are very flexible and seek harmony. They prefer to avoid conflicts. However, sometimes they run the risk of losing themselves in their own fantasy worlds.
Your perfect food: Dou sha bao – dessert dumplings filled with bean paste; almost as sweet as you! ;)
Dragon (1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)
Personality: Charming, courageous and self-confident
Those born under the sign of the dragon are intelligent and reliable. However, when it comes to compromise, they can be a bit difficult, since they usually know exactly what they want – they would rather do without than lower their standards!
Your perfect food: Mapo tofu – the perfect mix of flavours, without having to compromise!
Snake (1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013)
Personality: Mysterious, understanding and strong-willed
People with the snake zodiac sign are rather cold towards strangers, but they blossom in their friendships and are considered very responsible. While they tend to be forgiving of mistakes made by friends, they can sometimes display jealousy in their relationships!
Your perfect food: Chow mein – not love at first sight, but if you try it, you’ll be swept away to flavour paradise!
Horse (1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014)
Personality: Adventurous, articulate and impatient
Those who bear the horse zodiac sign suffer from wanderlust, are open and have a zest for life. However, they can easily become distracted and get excited about new things – it's hard for them to stay in one place.
Your perfect food: Lo han jai – a recipe popular with Buddhist monks that goes well with your cosmopolitan way of life!
Goat (1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015)
Personality: Caring, sensitive and gentle
People born in the year of the goat are known for their great compassion and sensitivity, and are well-liked by others. But they have to be careful: their empathy makes them easy prey when it comes to being exploited!
Your perfect food: Wan tan soup – warm, familiar and simply delicious!
Monkey (1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016)
Personality: Playful, imaginative and flexible
People with the monkey zodiac sign are born entertainers and quickly capture the hearts of others with their charming, humorous nature. But if they are not careful, showing off their accomplishments could be perceived as cocky.
Your perfect food: Sweet & sour chicken – the perfect blend of sweet and sour in a delicious meal!
Rooster (1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017)
Personality: Extroverted, proud and hard-working
Those who bear the rooster zodiac sign show great endurance and ambition in their daily lives. They are very proud of their achievements and are happy to wear them on their sleeve!
Your perfect food: Kung pao chicken – famous and popular around the world, and everyone knows it!
Dog (1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018)
Personality: Loyal, sympathetic and reliable
Those born in the year of the dog are said to have a heart of gold. They are very sincere and loyal, and have a strong sense of justice. Due to their trustworthy nature, they are usually very popular!
Your perfect food: Fried rice – makes you feel full and happy without being complicated!
Pig (1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019)
Personality: Honest, helpful and optimistic
People with the pig zodiac sign are often appreciated for their direct approach. They always believe in the inherent goodness of others and no situation is hopeless for them. In their daily routine, they value luxury and the finer things in life.
Your perfect food: Peking duck – one of the most renowned meals in Chinese cuisine; luxurious and tasty at the same time!
Did you find your Chinese zodiac sign? Then there’s no time like the present – order your meal now: