This is a classic Cantonese restaurant dish, found in all kinds of special event menus. It's an especially meaningful dish at weddings for its symbolism of duality in its two distinct, delicious sauces.
While the English name is Yin Yang Fried Rice, referencing the way the sauces are arranged in a yin yang Taichi symbol, the Chinese name, 鴛鴦炒飯 isn't actually Yin Yang Fried Rice.
Instead, 鴛鴦 means mandarin ducks. In Chinese culture, mandarin ducks are believed to mate for life and are auspicious symbols of marital bliss and fidelity. That's why pairs of ducks are a prominent motif in Chinese decorations, embroidery, and paintings, and the romantic symbolism is why the other English name for this dish is Lovers' Fried Rice.
The contrast of the red and white sauces is a treat for both the eyes and the belly, so get ready to wow your friends and family! And you don't have to tell them how easy it was to put together.
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