Sunday, January 6, 2013

A Christmas Gathering + Catching Up with Good Friends

Just before Christmas last year, we had a food blogger's gathering as well as meet-up at Sonia's house. Jessie, one of our blogger friends from Australia was back in Malaysia for a short holiday and Sonia kindly offered her beautiful home as the venue for our gathering. 

When a bunch of food bloggers (very good in cooking) gather together, you'll be sure that there will be no shortage of good food! 


Sonia prepared an array of delicious food for us, such as Chinese popiah, egg tarts, Pandai Xiang Xi chiffon cake, and homemade roast pork (siew yuk). You can read her blogpost here, and also to get the recipes.  

Chinese popiah (crepes with vegetable filling)

Mini egg tarts and Pandan Xiang Xi chiffon cake


Homemade roast pork (siew yuk)

Another good friend of mine, Veron brought her homemade yong tau foo (ladies finger and brinjal) as well as a famous store-bought chee cheong fun. Veron, thanks also for your lovely Christmas gifts for my family. We love them all!



I made my Madeira cake as well as Japanese Nama chocolate so happy that my talented cooking friends enjoyed it.



It was fun learning how to wrap our own popiah from Sonia. First time for Hubby, and he christened it with a Christmas tree (drawn with the sauces). Definitely apt for the occasion.




We also had fun making tong yuen together.. 



And we even got a masterclass in gyoza wrapping from Sonia! Never realised how easy it was to make your own gyoza at home, thanks to Sonia, now I can also make it for my family. But need to find the gyoza skin first... since many Tescos around my area do not stock them.



Picture perfect gyozas, which are utterly delicious!


Jessie, it was a pleasure meeting your beautiful family (thanks for the Royce Nama Chocolate and gifts from Australia). Same to you, Sonia, and for preparing so much delicious food for us. And Veron for the gifts for my family.


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33 comments:

  1. Thanks Yen, for letting us taste your delicious cake and chocolate. It was a nice gathering. I just wish I could stay longer. Hope to see you again soon. XOXO

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    1. Nm, Im sure we will get to have another gathering again soon. :)

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  2. lovely! its always awesome to get together and party! so cute that yr hubby painted a Christmas tree with the sauces... hehe... your little cuties were not there? :)

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    1. Cuties need to take their afternoon nap.

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  3. your blogging friends certainly have lovely families and children too! and all of you can cook mouthwatering meals :D

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  4. The gyoza are so nice in shape!

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    1. Yeah, they're perfect. And taste exactly like the ones from Japanese restaurant. :)

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  5. what an awesome feast and to make all from scratch like the gorgeous gyozas right before eating, im salivating!

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    1. Yeah, it's so nice of Sonia to teach us how to wrap and fold the gyoza skin. :)

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  6. Hi Baby Sumo, nice gathering and all the food is finger licking good. Due to Jessie's schedule, I only get to meet her for lunch at the shopping mall. She is a nice & friendly lady. :)

    Have a nice weekend, regards.

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    1. Ah, hopefully we get a chance to meet sometime this year too :)

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  7. Ooooo...love this kind or parties. So unpretentious, so warm...so very nice!

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    1. Really glad to know this bunch of lovely people... :)

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  8. Hi hi! Finally, we are back to Sydney again! What's the difference between homemade & store-bought nama chocolate? The trip was really hectic & I don't think we are going back again so soon, hahaha! Happy New Year to you & your family!

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    1. The chocolate tastes a bit different cos I use bittersweet chocolate. I think Royce's texture is a bit softer also.

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  9. Nice! Love the christmas drawing by your hubby :)

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  10. Nice to see you all having fun together!!

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    1. A wonderful day spent with really lovely people.

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  11. Nice gathering with a lot of yummy foods, envy!
    Thanks for the Nama chocolate! We finished all yesterday, hehehe.

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  12. thanks for these lovely photos, it was great pleasure to have u and your husband to visit me. And we love your cake and Nama chocolate .
    Hope we can meet up again in future.

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    1. Yes yes! Should meet up again in 2013 :)

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  13. The most fun part would be cooking together!! Hope to be able to join you all next time!

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    1. Hopefully we can arrange something again :)

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  14. Wow Yen! Why was I not invited? :) ... ha.. Would be too far for me anyway...

    It's a good idea and opportunity for foodies to interact and exchange ideas... keep it going...

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    1. Ha ha! Will send u an invite next time!

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  15. Hi Yen,

    Happy 2013 to you and your family! I would love to meet you, Sonia and Jessie too but just didn't have a chance to see all of you.

    Everything look very yummy especially Sonia's popiah! I love popiah but find it a pain just to cook for only me myself because my husband and son didn't like popiah...*sign*

    Zoe

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    1. Hopefully we'll get a chance to meet sometime in the future!

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  16. You can get the Gyoza skin at Jusco supermarkets.

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    1. Thank Guchin. I found it in 1U Jusco last week :)

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  17. You can get the Gyoza skin at Jusco supermarkets.

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