We never eat out for CNY because we much prefer my Mom's cooking. But this also means a whole lot of work for her; she starts prepping several days in advance and she'll be in the kitchen the whole day on CNY Eve. We are always thankful that she puts in so much time and effort in making all this delicious food for us - not just on CNY but all the time :)
Like last year, aside from making her usual New Year's Eve dinner, my Mom made three different kinds of New Year puddings. My favourite this year is her turnip pudding which had tons of turnips, dried shrimps, Chinese sausage and Chinese bacon.
From L to R: Chinese New Year cake or Nian Gao "年糕", Turnip cake "蘿蔔糕", and Water chestnut cake ("馬蹄糕")
The cakes were sliced into thick pieces, coated with whisked egg, pan-fried then served with congee for lunch on New Year's Day.
This year my Mom also made these deep fried glutinous rice balls (“煎堆”) with lotus seed paste filling (“蓮蓉”).
Made with glutinous rice flour and sweet potato, the dough is rolled into balls, wrapped with lotus seed paste, dredged in white sesame seeds then deep fried (these rice balls can also be filled with red bean paste).
I was hooked on these after just one bite.
For any special dinner my Mom would always make roasted pork belly ("燒肉") because it's one of my favourite dishes. Look at that skin...I guarantee that it is the crispiest piece of pork belly skin you'll ever have (not that you'll ever have a chance to have it muahahhaaa).
Another favourite: my Mom's deep fried oysters. These oysters are fried twice so that they are extra crispy with a nice golden colour. If I didn't have to share I would easily eat a whole plate of these by myself. And in case you're wondering, my Mom bought this stove-top, deep-fryer-pot in Hong Kong many years ago. My Mom tried looking for another one when she was back a couple of years ago but it's nowhere to be found :(
Chinese New Year's Eve feast this year consisted of:
STEWED CHINESE BLACK MUSHROOMS WITH FISH BELLY AND SEA CUCUMBER
DEEP FRIED OYSTERS
ROASTED PORK BELLY
We also had glutinous rice dumplings with black sesame filling in sweet soup for dessert :)
A whole lot of love goes into it all this food that's for sure. All this wouldn't have been possible without my Mom's phenomenal cooking skills!
To my Chinese readers I hope y'all had an awesome Chinese New Year ("新年快樂") and I wish you all a prosperous Year of the Horse ("恭喜發財")!
To end this post let me share with you what Paul Ng, a professional feng shui master based in Toronto, has to say about my zodiac sign this year:
Summary: This should be a lucky year for dogs. Everything from work and investments to relationships are on the upswing.
Work: Work within your natural creativity in the arts, music, architecture or writing. Even the stage is great for you.
Wealth: Use instincts, rather than logic, when making investments — it will help keep your money stable.
Relationships: Consider proposing if you haven't already, and if you are married, demonstrate more love toward your spouse. Be humble when interacting with others.
Health: Enjoy your good health, but watch out for overeating.
"WATCH OUT FOR OVEREATING". Ha! How ironic! ;)
2013 Chinese New Year's Eve Feast
2012 Chinese New Year's Eve Feast
2011 Chinese New Year's Eve Feast