Dishes served during the Chinese New Year are often meaningful to ensure a good and auspicious start to a new year. Just like many other beliefs symbolic with the Chinese community, one of the must-have dishes usually selected for the reunion dinner is broccoli with braised mushrooms and scallops.
Broccoli which looks like flowers on a tree signifies the blossoming of new beginnings. The scallops represent opportunities in abundance while the mushrooms signifies fortune in leaps and bounds. There you go, each ingredient carries its own wonderful meaning which explains why this dish is rather popular on this significant day.
It would be great if you are able to get hold of fresh scallops as it definitely makes a difference to the dish by enhancing the sweetness of the gravy. Hydrate the shiitake mushrooms long enough to ensure plump and juicy mushrooms as they contribute a delicious umami flavour to the dish.