In Mandarin, the number eight, or "ba," sounds similar to the word that means "prosper" or "wealth"; therefore, eight is considered lucky in Chinese culture. Today being 08.08.08 is an incredibly fortuitous day that has me in the mood for Chinese food. Since this Asian civilization has existed for thousands of years, its people are highly attuned to texture, flavor, color, and aroma. Here, I've included a medley of dishes with flavors that are inspired by the various regions of China.
Potstickers With Spicy Dipping Sauce
It's popular in Chinese culture to prepare dumplings by skillet-frying them (like in this recipe ), as well as by boiling them.
Hot and Sour Soup
One of China's greatest comfort foods, " rel="nofollow">hot and sour soup  can be altered to be more sour or less hot depending on your palate's preference.
Hot and Sour Cabbage
This original recipe for hot and sour cabbage (suan la bai cai)  comes from celebrated chef Cecilia Chiang.
Stir-Fried Long Beans With Peanuts
Long beans  are a popular Chinese side dish. For an authentic extra kick, throw in fermented black beans.
Poaching fish in soy sauce  is healthy and delicious.
Beef Noodle Soup
The Chinese enjoy this hearty beef noodle soup  as a full meal.
Shrimp and Vegetable Stir-Fry
This shrimp and vegetable noodle dish  would make a simple yet stunning main course for entertaining at home.
Hazelnut Fortune Cookies
While fortune cookies  aren't a traditional Chinese dish, they remain a delicious dessert and great conversation piece.