Friday, January 31, 2014

Gong Xi Fa Chai, Happy Prosperous New Year!

Gong Xi Fa Chai! Happy Prosperous Chinese New Year! It's that time of year when you and your extended family reunite for a day of feasting on New Year goodies, goodies and more goodies. My extended family meets about once a year and each year there seems to be a new addition! If you can compare Chinese New Year to an event in the US it would be comparable to Thanksgiving or Christmas. While there are 12 days of Christmas, Chinese New Year lasts two weeks.

Celebrations start with the traditonal reunion dinner when relatives gather at a home or a restaurant to kick off the festivties. My sister-in-law and brother have always hosted the dinner and they always do a great job.  Mum spent the whole day making her Roti Jala (Weblike pancakes) and Chap Chye (a chinese soup with pork and vegetables).

Mum's roti jala

This year, like every year,  we started dinner with Yu Sheng, a traditional raw fish salad with a variety of ingredients, which everyone has  to toss  for good luck, health, wealth and prosperity.

Yu sheng  before it is tossed

Roast suckling pig

Ngor hiang

Chicken curry wh

After stuffing myself silly at dinner, I hit bed at about 10:30pm and didn't wake until about 8:00am on New Year's morning.

To be continued....

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