For Hsiao-Ching Chou, author of Chinese Soul Food and Vegetarian Chinese Soul Food, Lunar New Year is the best holiday there is. It’s the one she most looks forward to, because her whole family usually gathers together for the feast. Though the pandemic means that Lunar New Year will look a little different this time around, Chou is committed to keeping certain traditions alive. Chou enjoys bringing in the Lunar New Year with savory, garlicky rice cakes. Photo by Joseph De Leo, Food Styling by Lillian ChouLucky 8 Stir-Fry“Eight is a lucky number in the Chinese culture, especially at the Lunar New Year,” Chou writes in Vegetarian Chinese Soul Food.