Mooncakes, peach buns, long-life noodles...Fav symbolic foods?

I'm a sucker for story. This Monday is the Chinese Moon Festival, when one of the chief priorities is eating mooncake -- a very rich pastry typically filled with lotus seed paste and a salted duck egg representing the full moon.

I love this type of lore and am curious about other cultures and traditions, when food is not about taste per se, but edible wishes for luck, riches, long life. Sometimes food is just food. But sometimes it connects with something deeper.

What are your favorite symbolic foods?


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