Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year

First of all, a very prosperous and Happy Tiger Year 2010 to you all!


We had a fantastic spread during our reunion dinner this CNY eve, courtesy of two great cooks, my grandma and aunt. The reunion dinner is special time for all members of the family to come together. It is probably considered the most important event in Chinese culture and tradition.

There are several dishes which must be included in the reunion dinner, simply for the fact that
their names have auspicious meanings.


Sau meen, or long-life noodles for longevity

Leeks (Chinese: shun) which denotes "counting money", for better fortunes in the new year

Prawns (Chinese: ha), when pronounced sounds like laughter ha ha, for more laughter and happiness in the new year

My aunt personally deep fries the fish maw (swim bladder), instead of buying the ready packs and what difference it makes! Great quality fish maw! Fish (Chinese: yu), which has the same sound as surplus or easy, alludes to a prosperous life.

Abalone (Chinese: pau yu), translates to "definitely got leftovers", meaning never running out of money in the new year (money in abundance)

This is a Hokkien must-have dish during reunion dinner, braised sea cucumber with pork knuckles. The thick gravy goes very well with the noodles.

Chinese believe that you should have all types of meat - fish, chicken, pork to symbolise abundance ie you will have anything you want in the new year

Roast pork

So much food! Lavish!

Have a great CNY! Enjoy the great food and company of your loved ones!

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