These days many diners are attracted to food with a story. The Asian Lunar New Year — a holiday that anticipates the coming spring and is celebrated in China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam —is loaded with symbols, celebrated through eating, intended to bring good fortune in the year ahead. On Jan. 23, the Chinese will usher in the year 4709, which on their 12-year zodiac cycle is a year of the dragon, symbolizing intensity, enthusiasm, vitality, leadership and strength. Lucky foods ...

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