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Chinese New Year Eve 2012

>> Sunday, January 22, 2012

Today is the final day for the Rabbit year as we'll welcome the year of the Dragon tomorrow!

As of every Chinese New Year's Eve, the family will gather for dinner to celebrate the goodness that we've been blessed with throughout the past year. We'll have loads of food & laughter as well :)

I was walking down memory lane through this blog to do a comparison of what my family had since the year 2007-2012 on CNY Eve. (seems like I've been pretty religious in posting for CNY eve!) Here are some findings:

  1. Out of the 6 years (2007 - 2012), we only did steamboat ONCE in year 2010. Every other year, each family will bring over at least 1 home-cooked/bought dish to the family house.
  2. The sour cucumbers have appeared in 4 out of 6 years!
  3. EVERY year, we'll have a soup - usually the lotus root (lin ngau) soup.
  4. Chicken, prawns, duck, & fish are "staples" (just like rice) during CNY eve.

So what did we have this year? Here you go...

Charcoal-boiled soup (always..a MUST have)

Aunty Anne preparing the family's traditional sour cucumber dish

Stir-Fried Sour Cucumbers with Chicken Gizzard & Chicken Liver

Deep-Fried "Ma Yau" Fish in Sweet & Sour Sauce with an OVERLOAD of Garnish :D
Doesn't it look like "yee sang" now? Well, we have the vegetables & the fish, so technically, it could be called a "yee sang"! This is a joint-effort dish by aunty Anne & yours truly (I cooked the sauce & did the garnishing of the dish).

Aunty Anne's Hakka-Style "Zha-Yoke" (Braised Pork with Black Fungus)
This is my all-time favourite :)

Aunty Mary's Special Home-Made Chicken
I'm not sure what style it is, but it sure tastes good ;)

Aunty Irene's Roast Duck from Loong Foong Restaurant
You'll see this in almost every family dinner; we're somewhat creatures of habit!

Aunty Jenny's Braised Abalone with Mushrooms
Lovely & flavourful dish!

Aunty CT's Tangy Sambal Prawns
So good...even better if it goes with nasi lemak...ahahaha...

Dad's Stir-Fried Cauliflowers & Broccoli with Mixed Mushrooms

Table-Full of Scrumptious Food!

My bowl of lotus root soup
It's symbolic to have lotus root soup during CNY eve dinners as lotus root symbolizes abundance. I'm indeed blessed with an abundance of food & everything that I need!

This is just the beginning of the Dragon Year for PerutBesi. I began my Rabbit Year 2011 with loads of good food & I've ended it with yet more good food. How am I to loose weight...? :S

CNY Eve stories:
Year 2007
Year 2008
Year 2009
Year 2010
Year 2011

Here's wishing all my dear readers a wonderful new year with abundance in EVERYTHING!

GONG XI FA CAI, everyone!

In the mood for food,


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