Happy Chinese New Year 2014

Today marks the beginning of the Horse year. I would like to wish everyone on the blog great health, prosperity, and happiness!

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Celebrating Chinese New Year (CNY) away from home is never quite the same, however I do try to make it as festive as possible. Hence I folded these paper lanterns using a printable template I found online in the morning. Aren’t they cute?

On the eve of CNY, families gather for reunion dinner. Most of the time everyone is busy with work and other commitments, but on this day we ensure that we set aside time for our families and enjoy a good feast together.

In contrast to the dinners families and friends have in Singapore, ours seem really tiny. However there are only two of us for reunion dinner so it would be pointless to cook a feast to see everything go to waste at the end.

I made steamed sea bass and steamed eggs with minced pork. Sounds really healthy, doesn’t it? I do miss eating fish on a daily basis ever since I left Singapore. My aunt will usually cook it for dinner or I would somehow have it at lunch time. Therefore cooking steamed sea bass brings back memories of time I had in Singapore.

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To spice it up a little, I added chillies AND fresh scallops! I’m a seafood lover so I have no idea why on earth I ended up in continental Europe. I have this idea that seafood inland isn’t as great as the ones people get near the sea. No idea if it’s true though.

I exceptionally love the sauce when the fish is steamed. It’s basically a mixture of rice wine, soy sauce and water. Of course it gets bits from the spring onions, shiitake, ginger and tomatoes that I added generously. I didn’t know if it would have a fishy taste so I went crazy with the ginger. The finished product was heavenly. Spoonfuls after spoonfuls of sauce mixed with fluffy white rice and I’m on cloud nine.

The second dish I made was steamed eggs with minced pork, another simple dish my aunt made regularly except hers is still nicer!

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This is one of Daniel’s favourite Chinese dish. It also reminds me of Japanese chawamushi but less silky smooth. Whenever I ordered rice at a hawker centre I would never fail to have steamed eggs with minced pork. The pork was marinated in white pepper, soy sauce, rice wine and sesame oil. It was so rich in flavour!

So that was our two simples dishes for CNY 2014! As simple as it sounds, my back is broken from spring cleaning and cooking! I’m sure many of you back in Singapore or anywhere else in the world who are celebrating in bigger groups have a lot to eat through! I’m jealous because I love CNY snacks and food! On the other hand, I have a glucose tolerance test to take tomorrow so it’s best I keep to a healthy diet.

Once again, I would like to wish everyone a fantastic Horse year ahead!

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5 thoughts on “Happy Chinese New Year 2014

  1. Cynthia DeHoff

    Do you still have the printable template for the lanterns? I’ve been trying to find one and this looks like the one printed on the now-closed Disney site. Would you be willing to send me a PDF of it? My doll dressing club wants to make Chinese outfits for our 8″ dolls and I can adjust the printable to be in scale for the dolls. Please let me know by email. I’m not on anything else. Thanks.

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