Growing up in a native Cantonese home, both my grandmother and mother make lots of yummy Cantonese food. It is Chinese people’s custom to using this Fortune Cake for prayer during an important festival for our ancestors and god. After the prayer, we loved to reheat this beautiful blossoming steamed cake and enjoy them.
The cake is steamed and when properly made, the top should split open into a “smile”. Although it’s not a real smile since it is supposed to split into four sections. Fa has a meaning of prosperity/ fortune, hence the name prosperity cake and the reason why it is eaten during Chinese New Year to bring luck.