8 Chinese New Year snacks and why we eat them

Food is one of the biggest part of the Chinese New Year, with many of the traditional and cultural practices taking place around the many dinners, lunches and breakfasts that Chinese families reunite for.

And while these meals may be the top-billed stars of the celebrations, the supporting characters that keep us munching, crunching and snacking through the festivities do an exemplary job of holding their own.

When bottles and tins of pineapple tarts, love letters, peanut cookies and prawn rolls become visible around every corner, stacked from floor to ceiling, you know that the Chinese New Year is here.

But after tilting my head, squinting my eyes and wondering how this came to be, I reached out to as many people as I could to get to learn how these snacks became staples.