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Savouring heritage treasures

Every Chinese New Year is an occasion for each dialect group to proudly prepare and present their classic recipes, which are often badges of identity passed down the generations. By David Yip

TRADITION. It's the very foundation upon which the Chinese New Year celebration is built upon. But with the slew of new-fangled yusheng variations (itself not a traditional dish), luxed-up pen cai and even non-Chinese chefs getting in on the act, where do the festive favourites of yore fit in?

Perhaps a trifle uneasily, which is why putting together a reunion meal today that might resemble that enjoyed in the motherland is more an exception than the norm. But if you look close enough, you'll find a handful of purists in the restaurant scene who are still intent on preserving their heritage.

If you're aiming to bring some tradition back into your reunion dinner, here's a quick tour of the different...

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