How cool it is to be able to celebrate New Year for 15 days! That is what Chinese New Year is. It’s a great time of get-together, food and merry-making. It’s a time of building relationships, especially among family members and friends and making new friends through all the visitation and parties.
My family has been eating a lot of awesome food this Chinese New Year and having lots of fun together as a family and also with friends. There’s still one more week of celebration to go. This whole celebration will end on the 15th day of the Chinese New Year, called ‘Chap Goh Mei‘. We had an amazing Chinese New Eve with friends but the other day we had an all Chinese New Year Women’s Happy Hours when all our men were at work. We had lots of food and fun. I think there is more fun when no man is around…haha. We always seem to make our men jealous…haha.
I was greatly delighted to eat ‘yee sang‘ again. Awwww….that Chinese New Year salad is the best in the world for me! The whole plate actually ended up right in front of me! I could just eat that alone. It was absolutely delicious. I have to learn how to make that. Then I can eat everyday. It’s such a healthy dish too. Now, it looks like I’m going to celebrate Chinese New Year everyday…haha.
Now, I think the ladies were better in tossing the yee sang. We were able to toss it much higher than the men during Chinese New Year Eve…haha.
Well, here are just some of the most delicious food that we shared that day.
My friend made the Chinese carp from jelly again. It looked real! It is different from the ones that she made during our Chinese New Year Eve Family Happy Hours.The fish is a symbol of prosperity and abundance, similar to the ‘yee sang’.
We also had the Chinese New Year sticky rice pudding called ‘Nian Gao’ made by a lovely Thai friend. This is also a must during Chinese New Year. Someone joked that we make this to offer to mother-in-laws so that when they eat, it sticks all over their mouths and they will nag less…haha. Anyone need that?
It was snowing heavily that morning and being served tom yum seafood soup was just totally welcoming and warming. It was very, very delicious. The flavour and taste was fabulous. This dish was cooked by another lovely Thai friend.
A beautiful array of desserts to end the meal with coffee or tea.
These are very delicious international food. Clockwise from bottom left are Thai pineapple rice, American beans stew, American cabbage stew, Middle Eastern aubergine, or eggplant, and fried pita bread layered with mince and topped with yoghurt and crunchy almond flakes and lastly Chinese chicken stew. There was also the famous Malaysian beef rendang and there were also noodle and tofu dishes. I just loved all of them. They were absolutely delicious.
Chinese New Year must come with a lot of sweet goodies to bring sweetness to life in the coming year. This is the table that we would crowd around after a full stomach.
Food always bring people together and builds friendship.
Do you have a women’s Chinese New Year party? What would you cook for such a party? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
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