Pineapple, feng li 鳳梨 , literary means the phoenix pear. It is also commonly known as 黃梨 : huang li (Mandarin) or wong lai (Cantonese) or ong lai (Hokkien); meaning the yellow pear or if you like, the golden pear. The common name vowels with the term for attracting prosperity: wong or ong to prosperity and lai to attract. In taiwanese dialect (hokkien), feng li is pronounced as 'ong lai'. this harmonised with a hokkien term: ong meaning prosperity, lai meaning come. thus it is believed that pineapple is a lucky fruit that makes one prosperous. similarly, in cantonese culture, the pronunciation of pineapple: wong lai, vowels with attracting prosperity.
Pineapple is also a popular decoration during the chinese new year. Besides the prosperity symbolism, pineapple is also a lucky charm that can brings luck , love, money, and anything that you can think of. It's also good for people taking exams too as it is said to help you pass (by luck)! This is probably the reason why feng li su makes a good gift (and yummy too!).
Taiwanese Pineapple Tarts (Feng Li Xu)
Traditional Chinese Floral Pineapple Tarts (Wang Li Tai) (Open Tarts)
The Making 3 different pastries
The Making of the Pineapple filling which can be kept for 1 year without any chemical preservatives
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