Chinese New Year
A chicken dish is a must have at the Chinese New Year Eve reunion dinner. Typically the chicken is served whole with the head and all, symbolizing wholeness and prosperity. When I was a kid, the silky smooth “pak cham kai” (in Cantonese dialect) or “white cut chicken” was very popular. This dish is similar [...]
Holidays, holidays, we just can’t get enough of them. The Christmas ornaments are back in their year-long storage and the new calendars are up in place. Time to move on with the work year, right? Not so fast! Let’s bring out the bright red scrolls, pussy willow branches, and Mandarin oranges. The Chinese or Lunar [...]
The weekends are too short and they go by too quickly! Even though I am home most of the time, I still look forward to the weekends because it is a break from my crazy schedule and a time to bond with family and friends. Saturdays are just the best! It is a day to [...]
The Chinese New Year festivities would not be complete without this much awaited dish called Chai Boey which literally means leftovers. This is a tangy dish of mustard greens boiled with leftover meats and vegetables, popularly known as Chop Suey in our family. There is no specific recipe and the taste differs each time depending [...]
While preparing the crispy taro shreds for the Yee Sang (Raw Fish Salad) last week, I was reminded of this lesser known Chinese New Year snack. I have only had these a handful of times as a kid visiting friends’ homes during the festivities. If I remember correctly, they are called “Wu Har” in the [...]
This year, we combined the Reunion or New Year’s Eve dinner and New Year’s Day vegetarian breakfast into a big feast on Saturday, the third day of the Chinese New Year. The first day which fell on a Thursday was like any other day. It made more sense to celebrate during the weekend when we [...]
Wishing all of you a very Happy and Prosperous Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year, Spring Festival, Tet)! Enjoy all those wonderful family reunion dinners and special goodies. May the Year of the Rabbit bring you good health and multiply your fortunes.