February

24

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is a time we feast, eating together with family and friends.

Since 3 years ago, we’d started hosting the Chinese New Year eve dinner instead of my MIL. My hubs come from a small family, his parents, his eldest sister and his younger brother. Since we started hosting the dinner, we’d been doing steamboat for Chinese New Year eve, it’s the same this year. There are only 3 of my in-laws (my BIL hasn’t been back for Chinese New Year for the last 3 years), my hubs, our helper, our 2 girls and myself, a small group suitable for steamboat.

The most important park of steamboat is the soup and the chilli sauce. I just realised I didn’t take photo of either.

We love having mushrooms for steamboat, shitake, button, enoki, and of course lots of vege.
Vege for Steamboat

Vege for Steamboat

Seafood is also a must.
Seafood for steamboat

We have Garoupa slices lightly seasoned with salt and pepper.
Garoupa slices

And prawns which I bought a month before Chinese New Year, before the prices of prawns gone up.
Prawns For Steamboat

My two daughters were hungry and wanted to eat first, so we heat up some soup, cooked them some fishball, fuchuk and noodle. Both girls love any type of noodle.
Zaria having CNY eve dinner

Zara having CNY eve dinner

Having steamboat means when it’s time to start cooking and eating, it gets busy at the table, so no time for photo taking.

For dessert, I made Hazelnut Torte, and I got the thumbs up from everybody, including my 2 little fussy eaters.

Hazelnut Torte

Hazelnut Torte

When everybody was sipping their cup of tea, and having dessert, the bread for the following morning was being baked.

Rye Bread

It’s a family tradition that on the first day of Chinese New Year, we will visit the in-laws first thing in the morning, and then go over to my brother’s house where my side of the family congregates and have lunch. This year, my in-laws have moved to the same housing estate as ours, merely 3km away, reducing some travelling time.

I don’t know why, but my MIL never prepares anything for breakfast every year we visit her on the first day. Breakfast served was always Chinese New Year cookies at her place. This year, I decided take control, I made some pancakes in the morning (and also the bread I baked the day before), got everyone to eat their breakfast before we headed to my MIL’s. I made enough pancakes to bring over as well. Because we now live closer together, we could stay longer at MIL’s, and still get to my brother’s place the earliest.

Lunch at my brother’s place included Lap Mei Fan (腊味饭, rice cooked with Chinese sausages and duck); vegetarian beehoon and fried wanton. (Again I forgot the photos).

Then dessert was Sugee Cake which I baked 2 weeks before (wrappped and refrigerated to wait for this occasion).
Sugee Cake

And Nian Gao (年糕, sticky cake made with glutinous rice flour and brown sugar) with shredded coconut.
Nian Gao with shredded coconut

Also cupcakes I got as Chinese New Year gift from my neighbour, Cini. We attended the same fondant course together, and she has been practicing her skill and getting really good at it.
Cini's Chinese New Year give-away cupcakes

Happy Chinese New Year everyone.

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  2. shoppinghaunts Says:

    wow so much yummy food!

  3. debbie Says:

    gosh…the cupcakes are nice looking!!! and you are extremely ‘GENG’…to be able to prepare so much of food for CNY.

  4. Ellie Says:

    Absolutely stunning CNY spreads! You had a good one :)

  5. KittyCat Says:

    What cute cupcakes! First time I see a Chinese theme on something so western :)

    Can I visit you next time? I love Sugee cake and will make it a personal mission to make the perfect one! Before I achieve that must try others firstlah hahaha

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    the cup cake look so good!

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