Chinese New Year Women’s Hot Pot (Steam Boat) Party

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Having fun cooking and eating

Having fun cooking and eating

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.

Very refreshing, beautiful, delicious and utterly impressive

Very refreshing, beautiful, delicious and utterly impressive. Best!

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.

6 layered steamed rice pudding (kuih lapis). A popuar Malaysian dessert.

6 layered steamed rice pudding (kuih lapis). A popular Malaysian dessert.

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.

Beautiful and comical ladies. Their faces tell it all!

Beautiful and comical ladies. Their faces tell it all!

The year of the Tiger....roaring with laughter...haha.

The year of the Tiger....roaring with laughter...haha.

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

Soft and delicious chicken-cuttlefish balls

Soft and very delicious chicken-cuttlefish balls

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!

More good food to add to the pot

More good food to add to the pot

A table of desserts

A table of desserts

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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Other Chinese New Year parties that you may be interested in:
Chinese New Year Eve Family Happy Hours
Chinese New Year Women’s Happy Hours

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43 Comments

3hungrytummies  on March 1st, 2010

That is a very noisy party with a lot of good food and fun!

Divina  on March 1st, 2010

You ladies are having so much fun. You know, I wasn’t even aware of the 15 days of Chinese New Year. I guess we don’t practice it that much. But I sure do want to be a part of this. You have lots of great food and great friends.

Sushma Mallya  on March 1st, 2010

so tempting and wonderful dishes mary,..seems that u enjoyed welcoming new year to the fullest…

anncoo  on March 1st, 2010

WOW! So much fun with all the ladies around. Have you all polished up all the food?

Martha  on March 1st, 2010

Thanks,Mary, you took a better picture on the strawberry bowl than me. I love it.

kristy  on March 1st, 2010

Wow, again so much fun! I love all the food especially the strawberry jelly….looks awesome!

zurin  on March 1st, 2010

how I wish I ws there. i love steam boat!!! how fun~

Mary  on March 1st, 2010

@3hungrytummies - Absolutely noisy…haha. It was just super fun :D

@Divina - I really wish you can join us! You’ll become crazy like us…LOL But it will remove all stress :D Back home in Malaysia, we also celebrate for many days, especially for the first 7 days and then the 15th day.

@Sushma Mallya - Yes, the food was awesome and the fun was top class! This is one of my best Chinese New Year :D

@anncoo - We had so much food & fun that I think all of us went on strike during dinner time…our poor husbands…haha :P I think we ate most of it. There was some left overs though.

@Martha - Thanks very much, Martha for that most beautiful jelly that you made. It’s really the most beautiful I have seen and tasted. PLEASE make again next time :P

@Kristy - I love the strawberry jelly very much too. Awww….the taste was sooooo good!! The look was soooo impressive. I must make this for Valentines Day next year :P

@zurin - I do wish you were here too! It would have been so much more fun :D

penny aka jeroxie  on March 1st, 2010

I love steamboat. There will be many during winters for us. And that jelly is gorgeous. Everyone seems happy. That is the most important :)

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on March 1st, 2010

What a great party! You ladies are sure the party queens! The house is BIG!

Shirley  on March 1st, 2010

O Mary, this is so cool!

Nasi Lemak Lover  on March 1st, 2010

I wish I can be there, this is really fun and a lot of foods to eat. You must be very enjoy.

Roti n Rice  on March 1st, 2010

Yes, steam boat is quite the favorite. I have to find one of those electric pots. Right now, I am using a mini electric stove top with a divided pot on it….not big enough. I made yee sang again for Chap Goh Mei as everyone enjoyed it so much the last time. You all have so much fun….can I come next time?

Tasty Trix  on March 1st, 2010

Well, I am not Chinese but I sure do enjoy a hot pot - nice and spicy!! Your dessert looks incredible, so beautiful - I’m sure it was a huge hit with everyone. What fun!

Grapefruit  on March 1st, 2010

Wow - what a spread.
And I really love the Jelly. It looks beautiful!

Jeannie  on March 1st, 2010

I love steamboat too they are so healthy, at least the soup based one is:D tomyam based is more oily but more delicious! Those desserts are so mouth watering! Did all of you actually finished all the food? Looks like such a feast!

5 Star Foodie  on March 1st, 2010

Steamboat party seems like so much fun! Those desserts look totally scrumptious!

Angie  on March 1st, 2010

This party looks like it was so much fun!

Mary  on March 1st, 2010

@Penny aka jeroxie - It must be too hot to have steam boat at this time as it’s summer on your side. It tastes especially good during cold weather like now. Helps to bring big smiles :D

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - What a great name…..party queens! :D Join us and you’ll be one too…haha. Yes, my friend’s place is big….dining room and sun lounge connected.

@Shirley - Thanks very much, Shirley! :D

@Nasi Lemak Lover - I sure wish you were here to join in the fun. I think I have been enjoying too much for the past week that I think my blog was a little neglected :P

@Roti n Rice - One of the pots was mine which I brought from home. It’s very good for a small family like mine. The stove is an induction type and it boils very fast and can be controlled. Oh…I love yee sang. I think that’s the best salad in the world….sooooo delicious! Of course, would love you to come and join us next time. You will become noisy like us….LOL. We will feed you very well :D

@Tasty Trix - It’s awesome to know that you enjoy hot pot. Fun and healthy way to eat, right? And easy to prepare too. All the desserts were very delicious. We wish we had bigger stomachs! :P

@Grapefruit - Yes, the jelly was a real attraction! I still think of it a lot. The taste was so refreshing and delicious. I hope to eat it again. Will have to ask my friend, Martha to make again soon :P

@Jeannie - Agree with you that the tom yum one is very delicious. The one that my Thai friend made was not oily and not overly spicy….just perfect for me….mmmm. Everything was so delicious. Wish we had bigger stomach to eat all. We were all so full but really satisfied :D

@5 Star Foodie - Yes, it was all so fun and delicious. Wonder when will be the next one. Probably all of us need a break for more exercise :D

@Angie Thanks very much, Angie! Yes, it was a lot of fun. Everyone was very happy! :D

theUngourmet  on March 1st, 2010

Everything is so pretty! What a great way to celebrate!

Alta  on March 1st, 2010

What a big party! Your cake looks gorgeous. I love get togethers like this. A lot of work to pull off, but they’re so much fun!

SKip to Malou  on March 1st, 2010

you ladies know how to have fun huh! i love hotpot… and the smell lingers to your clothes after hahaha…beautiful spread you have.. lots of food! wish i was there to celebrate with you guys!

joylicious  on March 1st, 2010

AAAAAH Mary this is beautiful — I saw the video on your facebook page of you guys tossing the noodles and wishing each other good wishes for the new year, it really put a big smile on my face :) I love that you guys celebrated the entire time, if only I had a group to do that with here…perhaps I will round one up for next year! Everything from the steam boat party looks wonderful, especially the cuttlefish balls!

Mary  on March 1st, 2010

@theUngourmet - Thanks very much! :D

@Alta - Thanks very much! It’s easier to have pot luck style but still a lot of work for the hostess. We are very thankful to her for organising. Parties as such make women happy, beautiful and young :D

@SKip to Malou - Hahaha….you are very right to say that. All of us smelt like food after that. Worse…it is winter and we can’t open the windows. Wish you were here to join us! We will surely have so much more fun :D

@joylicious - Thank goodness I’m not the loudest there…haha :D If I know how to recite in mandarin, I may be the loudest :P I really hope you can do one next year and blog about it. I love to see what others have. I can also learn to prepare more types of food. If you can’t do one, then join us!! Would love to have you around :D The chicken-cuttlefish balls were really delicious. The texture was really good.

Drick  on March 1st, 2010

boy, ya’ll sure know how to eat - wish I could’ve been a fly on the wall, then in one big sweep, end all my drooling

Faith  on March 1st, 2010

This looks like it was such a fun party! I would love to bring something with chocolate to a party of all women! ;)

shaz  on March 1st, 2010

What a fun party! I love my girl’s night out, you are so right, always a lot of laughing occurs :) We had steamboat too this year, but for the New Year’s eve dinner - lucky me. SO yummy. That photos of the strawberry jelly looks so good, and your kuih sounds wonderful too.

rebecca  on March 1st, 2010

oh wow you have the best parties

radha  on March 1st, 2010

in Hk food thematic parties are quite rare because we always eat at teh restaurant with friends ~ but yes i had a pre Chinese new Year party just the weekend before and the topic was Beauty, so my home transformed in a real Spa!! i served fresh made juice at least ;-)

tigerfish  on March 2nd, 2010

I see the happy faces on everyone. Makes me happy too :)

Mary  on March 2nd, 2010

@Drick - Hahaha….Drick, you are so funny :D If you were a fly on the wall, just make sure no one notice you and swap you! LOL

@Faith - It was a real fun party! :D I bet all your friends love chocolate. I think my friends love chocolate in desserts more.

@shaz - Isn’t it awesoem to have one girl’s night out every now and then? Keeps us happy and young :D Thanks very much for your compliment, Shaz!

@rebecca - Hehe…yes, I had. I think I have never attended so many parties within such a short time :D

@radha - Oh….Hong Kong is such a land of good food! I really want to go there. Wow…..Beauty as the theme of the party! I bet it must be all so fun. I wish I was there! You made fresh juices for everyone? I really admire you for that. If I have to do it, I’ll just ask everyone to juice themselves…haha :D

@tigerfish - Awww…I wish you were here to join us! We would have a bigger roaring and blasting party :D

Trissa  on March 2nd, 2010

Looks like you guys had loads of fun! Well, with food like that - of course you would!

Dongxing  on March 2nd, 2010

Mary, you sure know how to party! Eveything looked so good. Steamboat is such a wonderful and social way of entertaining and partying. We do it quite often in our household, especially on cold winter evenings. I did a simpler yee sang as a starter for my lunch party on Feb 28. The lunch party went on late, and to end the evening, we let off 4 sky lanterns. It was spectacular and all the kids were in awe.

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on March 2nd, 2010

This looks like a lot of fun, I love the idea of a whole load of women coming together with all this lovely food. The green rice pudding dessert looks very good.

Mary  on March 2nd, 2010

@Trissa - Now I wonder whether we had too much fun…haha. But fun will never be too much, right? Only my blogging and my housework suffer :P I think my family suffered too cos I was too full & lazy to cook….LOL :D

@Dongxing - Looks like I’m known as a party queen now :D Maybe should organise more :P Your Chap Goh Mei sounds so fun! I wish I was there to see the lanterns :D Your children must have enjoyed every bit of it.

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake - Thanks very much, Sarah! I wish you were here to join us! It would be more fun and international with you around :D

xiaoyen  on March 3rd, 2010

I love hot pot. Interesting how Malaysian calls it steam boat. When I went to buy my hot pot pans last, the ones with the dividers didn’t look like it was well made so I bought one without the divider. Pans with dividers are definitely better. My gosh, look at your dessert table! All yummy food there :)

xiaoyen  on March 3rd, 2010

I’m going to add you to my blogroll. Hope to read more from you.

Thas  on March 3rd, 2010

A bunch of lovely ladies and great food!
Good to see that you are having a lot of fun with your friends, family and of course great food.
Is that strawberry jelly? looks so colorful and refreshing.

Mary  on March 3rd, 2010

@xiaoyen - Haha…I have always wondered why it’s called a steam boat….no answer yet LOL. Mine doesn’t come with a divider too so I have to use 2 pots :( Oh….we were so full by the time we get to the dessert section! But still we tucked in happily :D

@xiaoyen - Thanks very much for adding me to you blogroll…..so sweet of you! Really glad to know you enjoy reading my posts :D

@Thas - This must be the best Chinese New Year that I had…..great food and fun! :D I really like the strawberry jelly. I hope my friend will make for me again :P

blessedhomemaker  on March 6th, 2010

The strawberry jelly/agar looks way too appetitising for a hot weather!

Mary  on March 7th, 2010

@blessedhomemaker - Agree with you. It’s so delicious even in our cold weather here. It has to be excellent in hot weather especially when serve chilled…mmm :)

luvtoeat  on March 22nd, 2010

My husband and I LOVE hot pot. and yes, we are definitely Chinese haahaa. all that food looks so yummy. and that jello cake looks amazing!!! will be subscribing to your blog as soon as i’m done drooling over all your yummy food :-D

Mary  on March 22nd, 2010

@luvtoeat - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! Very, very Chinese…haha :D

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