It was Boxing Day yesterday, a day for shoppers to enjoy all the big sales all over. Most shops give huge discounts. I remember one year we tried to join in the fun early in the morning. We thought that 8 a.m. was early until we found that people were already there queuing up before 7am!
The shopping itself can be quite fun but the long queue to pay was a nightmare. I just didn’t have the patience for that, so that was my last Boxing Day shopping. I would rather sit in a cafe and enjoy a cup of hot mocha.
We had fried rice for lunch. It was simple, easy and very quick to cook, yet very delicious. I added lots of vegetables to it.
Dinner was at my friend’s place. She and her husband cooked everything for us; 4 families altogether. It was all Chinese food and took them the whole day to prepare! They were all very, very delicious, particularly the following 3 dishes.
This dish is over-fried long beans. These type of long beans are very delicious and very different from the normal green beans. They are not easily available here. I only see them occasionally at the Chinese supermarket. They were fried in oil until very soft. The taste was absolutely beautiful.
This dish here is fan-fried dumplings. When I arrived my friends were still making them but sadly I forgot to bring my camera. My children then went back to help me get it but by the time they returned, everything was done. I was very fascinated by the way they made them and fried them. These dumplings were very delicious. The filling was eggs, vermicelli and vegetables. I really hope to learn how to make these. These are very time-consuming to make.
These are deep fried tofu-prawn balls. The texture and taste was fabulous. This is the first time I ate them. I was so impressed at everyone being able to pick up these small delicacies with their chopsticks. I failed at every attempt! Finally my friend gave me a fork…what a relief!
After all these lovely food, we were served a hot, sweet, mixed beans desserts which was really superb. So sorry I forgot to take a photo of it. Again, I really hope to learn it. And a Chinese meal is never complete without Chinese tea. That was very refreshing. It was a very special Chinese tea that left a very refreshing after taste.
Then there were some very funny and interesting games on top of reading Chinese poems and proverbs competition.
I must say this is the best Boxing Day that I have ever had…..real happy hours. Every one of us enjoyed it very much. I’m just so thankful to my friend and her husband and daughter for inviting us for such a lovely evening of fun and food. Food and friends are just inseparable.
How is your Boxing Day? Do you attend any home parties? What do you have at the parties? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
Quote of the day……
”The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”