Chinese enjoys Hot Pot. In Malaysia we call it Steam Boat. This is a very fun and healthy way to eat and particularly most welcoming in this bitterly cold winter to keep everyone happy, nice and warm. The most important is a soup base. It can be spicy like the tom yum soup or a non spicy one. Usually we have both. Then there’s a wide array of raw meat and seafood, vegetables, noodles and cooked meatballs to be cooked in the boiling soup. Little bowls of sauces are served as dips. At the end of all the cooking, the soup tastes the best in the world.
Yesterday was the last day of the Chinese New Year. Finally the celebration came to an end. The other day when someone suggested a Chinese New Year Women’s Hot Pot Party, everyone jumped at the idea. What better way to celebrate the final week of Chinese New Year! This must be a year of great abundance…an overflowing of food throughout this important Year of the Tiger. I had 3 parties last week, all filled with one of the best food we can think of. Now I have to work hard on my exercise program! This is not the time to step on the weighing scale…haha.
For this party, each one of us (about 20) was to bring something for the hot pot or a dessert. I brought a dessert…..the layered rice pudding. I only made 6 layers instead of the usual 9 layers. Click 9 Layered Coffee Rice Pudding for the recipe. You can substitute the coffee with other flavour or colouring.
Apart from all the wonderful food, there were lots of sides-splitting jokes and laughter. You can imagine how suffering it is to laugh on a full stomach! I really had to hold my sides…haha. What utter wonder to be so free to laugh and act! You know the reason why….no man around!…haha
Here are some of the foods that we had at the party. There were actually more food after I took the pictures but I wanted to join in the eating! Instant hunger struck every one of us when confronted with so much good food! I bet all our husbands were filled with envy to know what we ate and all the fun that we had. My hubby stared at me with green eyes…..haha. Well, these are what women need….lots of Happy Hours!
How do you celebrate the last day of the Chinese New Year (Chap Goh Mei)? What food would you like most if you are to attend an all women’s party? What topic of conversation do you enjoy most? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
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Quote of the day……
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