Eating abalone is definitely not common when I was young. We hardly or have no chance to eat abalone and we only knew about the term abalone from various literatures. It was always written that it is precious and
Pen Cai (Mandarin 盆菜） or Poon Choi (Cantonese) is a traditional dish for the Hakka and the Cantonese. I am not going to write more about this auspicious dish as Wikipedia has a very detail and extensive write up
Niangao or glutinous rice cake is a very important Chinese New Year Cake that most families will prepare and purchased during Chinese New Year. It signifies progression over the years or 年年高升.
In essence, niangao is made from glutinous