How can you resist the temptations of great yummy food during the Chinese Lunar New Year period?! I am sure you have already invited family and friends to your place for new year visiting and preparing foods for this festive season?
Besides the usual snacks like Bak Kwa, prawn rolls and cookies, what do you usually have for your meals during this period? Many dishes have meanings and it is considered auspicious to have during the Lunar New year. Well dishes like a whole fish, longevity noodles, dumplings, rice cakes etc are consider a must have during such an occasion. In Singapore we might not have too much of a restrictions for our Lunar New year dishes but here at iEatTravel, let me share with you what I had and I consider them auspicious as well.
The reunion dinner is an annual feast when family members reaffirm the love and respect that bind them together as a unit. It is known as 團圓 (also known as 圍爐 meaning "gathering around the family hearth"). Every family member is expected to do his best to return to the family home for the dinner. Traditionally, all sons return to their parental homes for the occasion. Married daughters share the tables of their husband's families. For this meal, the best food is served - and in abundance too.
This is regardless of whether the family is rich or poor, for the Chinese believe that having plenty of food during this meal would bring the family great material wealth in the new year. Steamboat is a great choice for many families and there is a huge menu of ingredients and throughout the years, we have evolved to different varieties of soup base, adding in bbq style, from the typical inexpensive to the extravagant items that you can think of. Easy to prepare and a great way to gather together for a good hearty meal.
A CNY favourite in Singapore, this dish is made up of strips of raw fish mixed with vegetables, sauces, and other condiments such as peanut crumbs and fried crisps. It is commonly known as raw fish salad 鱼生:, which sounds like an increase in abundance 余升 when pronounced in Chinese. This is the scary part and if you ask me, I wouldn't wanna have one at my place as my friends likes to toss it high and messy! It is also said that the higher you toss the salad, the better luck you will have the for coming year! Come Huat Huat ah
I love day 2 of the Lunar New Year too as my aunt (the best chef in AMK and some say the whole of north Singapore), a homemaker, whips up a fantastic meal every single year! Both me and my brother loves her cooking so much so that we would spend hours sitting, hogging the space and enjoy her cooking!
From five spiced prawn rolls (slightly from the traditional ones but superbly yummy), Braised pork belly and boy oh boy this is a must for many Hokkien families and my brother’s ultimate favourite! Mixed vegetarian dish (all vegetables) with bamboo shoots or lotus roots. Chinese vermicelli fried with pork belly is heavenly, how about curry chicken and roasted duck meat one of the few dishes which is always available!
So how to lose weight during these period?! :P
There is so so many ways to prepare these yummilicious foods and some even cater buffet which save all the hassle especially when they have shortage of time and manpower. So so many food to share and I hope this can give you some ideas to prepare for this year’s CNY dishes.
Try and cook some and enjoy the coming season with lots of fun and laughter and I hereby wishes you all with great health and happiness of the monkey, continue to enjoy great food and a Happy Monkey Lunar New Year!