February 13, 2011

Chinese New Year 2011 ~ Day One

Have been M.I.A for a bit due to the CNY holidays. It has been hectic but super fun with the holidays with the usual of spending time with family, visiting relatives, gambling sessions, cooking and eating like a glutton of course! :)

For the first day of the auspicious CNY, my family will go vegetarian to celebrate the coming of a brand new year. We were at one of the elder relative's home and this is some of the vegetarian dishes we had that day. I also took some pictures of some deco which I thought was really neat.

A gorgeous lion puppet hanging on a plant! The colours are so brilliant that I couldn't resist.

Apples with embossed chinese words. I was told that the farmers would paste the cut out words on to the apples when they were still yellow to block out the sun. As the apples turned red, the place where the word covers the sun will remain yellow, hence the beautiful word imaged on the apples. Isn't this a creative way to sell more expensive apples? :)

Our first meal of the first day of a brand new year!

Vegetarian Sweet and Sour Fish. Deep fried beancurd fish with a mild sweet and sour sauce, dressed with broccoli and a pickled medley of vegetables.

A compulsory dish in my family, Braised Vegetables with Vermicelli and Fermented Beancurd. Multi coloured and textured dish comprising cabbage, carrot, mushroom, wood fungus, gluten, tofu puffs, dried lily bulbs and lightly flavoured with nam yue.

Vegetarian Char Siew made from soya beans. I love this as the flavour was really good and flavourful.

Another medley of veggies, Stir Fried Cauliflowers with Carrots and Snow Peas in vegetarian oyster sauce.

Simple soup of Boiled Mushrooms, Red Dates and Sang Choi, full of mushroom flavours.

Vegetarian Gluten Ball with Ginger and Vinegar Sauce, replicating the Braised Vinegar Pork Trotters. This is yummy too as it was full of flavours of the vinegar which whets the appetite.

Stay tune for more glorious food to come on the second day...J

Happy Chinese New Year to All!
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Kung Hei Fatt Choi!
Keong Hee Huat Chai!

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