Chinese New Year Preparation 5 – Shopping In Chinatown

Good evening, dear friends 😀

Yesterday, I went downtown to Petaling Street (as it is known as to the locals, as Chinatown to the tourists) with my daughter and some friends – we thought we would join in the CNY festivities there as I remember from many, many years ago, Chinatown was the hub of activities every CNY with many stalls and interesting things to see. When we reached there in the afternoon, it was drizzling and in a way, it was to our benefit as the crowd was lesser.

However, this time round, I noticed not many stalls selling foodstuff or things related to CNY but more of the usual stalls selling watches, clothes and bags. My daughter took some photos whenever we saw something interesting –

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Petaling Street or Chinatown is really just 2 blocks of shops with stalls operating on the pavements on both sides of the street, which has a canopy over it, thus we were sheltered from the rain and could shop around in comfort. There are little red lantern strung all over and I bet this place would look more festive at night.

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This is a typical shop selling only Chinese New Year decorations, and as you can see, there is red colour all over the place! Ah, a sign that the Chinese New Year is coming as red is auspicious symbolically. Also, CNY songs were blaring from this shop and it was hard not to get into the festive mood. 😆

However, I only managed to buy 2 nice red lanterns to hang at my patio, and an auspicious CNY decoration to be hung at my main door. I think I was suffering from a sensory overload walking around in this shop as in the end, I didn’t buy as many decorations as I had intended to! 🙄 😆

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There were many stalls selling all types of fruits – for us, the interesting fruits were those that were imported such as fresh strawberries and fresh cherries. Only the tourists were interested in our local fruits. We took this picture because this stall has a thatched roof over it with a fine mist being sprayed to cool the space there. Ingenious decoration. Most stalls there would just have a large umbrella over them.

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Another shop selling CNY decorations and little gifts and souvenirs for tourists.

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It is only before the CNY that we find people snaking around in a queue to buy “barbequed dried pork or chicken slices” or “Bak Kwa” in Hokkien, as this is a delicacy that is actually available all year round but people would buy this to eat or present a box of it to friends and relatives as a gift when they visit. This particular shop is a reputable one, hence the good business there! 😉

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Oh, I just love this stall that sells a wonderfully delicious cold dried fruit drink which is made from Dried Longan, Wintermelon and Loh Hon Kor, and is very good for those who are experiencing heatiness or have a phlegmy cough. This stall has been around for more than 30 years as I used to patronise this stall when I was attending school. If you are in KL, please do try this drink called “Air Mata Kucing” or “Dried Longan Drink”.

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I chanced upon this stall that sells candied foodstuff and it brings back fond memories to me as I used to buy the candied coconut peels (the white stuff in bags) when I was a kid! I’ll show you what I bought further down here….

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Everytime I come to Petaling Street, there would be a stall selling roasted chestnuts…though I’m not sure if this stall is the same one that has been around all this while. Nevertheless, I just love the smell of roasted chestnuts in the air.

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This is what I bought from the candied foodstuff stall. Starting clockwise from the top – there are white candied coconut slices, candied carrots, to the left of the carrots are some candied ginger, below the carrots are candied water chestnut, then candied green bell pepper slices, the yellow slices are candied pineapple, some candied plums, and there are even candied lotus root! A bag of this cost me US$1.60 only. We consume a lot of sweet stuff during CNY as we want the new year to be sweet! 😉

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On my way back to my car, I bought some tea eggs from a Tea Shop. My family love tea eggs and they are good and nutritious as a snack. Basically, they are eggs that have their egg shells cracked a little and they are simmered in a herbal and tea soup for a few hours. By then the wonderful flavours of the herbs and tea have infused into the eggs, and usually, the aromatic, simmering tea brew can be smelled a distance away. They only cost US 60 cents for 3.

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Since I was at the Tea Shop, I bought 3 canisters of Oolong, Ti Kuan Yin, and Jasmine teas for me and my husband to drink. Hehe, since we will be binging quite a bit during the CNY, we like to drink lots of Chinese tea to wash down some of the fat and for better digestion. 😉

It is almost 2 am now and I better stop here…I was busy making Pineapple Tarts and Peanut Puffs for most of the day and I continued to declutter my built-in cabinets on the top floor during the night. Wow, I didn’t know my cabinets had so much junk – most of them ended up to be donated to charity! 😆 🙄 Oh, I thought I may as well show you my CNY cookies and I will post the recipe tomorrow. Here they are :-

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Good night from KL! 😀

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    sweetrosie said,

    Thank you for that wonderful photo tour of Chinatown. It was very, very enjoyable. I loved the photos and the time you took to detail your observations 🙂

    choesf – your snacks look absolutely divine! I really hope you decide to post your pineapple tart recipe one day. Are the peanut puffs a bit like a peanut pancake but with a crispy outside?

    Happy Sunday to you dear 🙂

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Happy Sunday, my dear sweetrosie 😀

    Thank you for your lovely comments. I will be posting both the recipes here later (hopefully) today …., yes the filling is similar to that in the Peanut Pancake or Apam that we have here – except that the puffs have some sesame seeds in them, too.

    I’ll be right badk later…. 😀

    With love and hugs,

    choesf 😀

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    Camemberu said,

    Wah I miss Petaling Street, always so full of character! But man, it shows how long I’ve not been back – the Petaling Street I remember did not have a canopy above it! Thank you indeed for the photos.

    Good luck with the rest of CNY preparations (you sure are a super-energetic person!). Happy lunar new year!

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there, dear Camemberu 😀

    Wah, indeed you have not been to Petaling Street for a while – the canopy has been up for about 2 years, I think. That street is now closed to traffic, too, and so, it is easier to walk around the stalls. However, this time it is mostly foreigners manning the stalls and they only serve or call out to tourists, while we locals are ignored. So, this place is not as enjoyable as I remember it to be many years ago.

    Happy Lunar New Year to you, too and may the Year of the Rat bring you and your loved ones great happiness, prosperity and success.

    Do drop in here whenever you are free. 😉

    With peace and joy,

    choesf 😀

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    Wow, these are indeed a sumptious and meaning ful spread. I was searching for some idea of what to cook for CNY reunion dinner this coming week, and here I came across your article from google. Thanks for sharing the recipes, now I know what to prepare for the coming dinner 😀

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there and welcome, dear inspiredmumof2 😀

    Thank you for your lovely comments – I had posted on what I cooked for my CNY Reunion Dinner to give some ideas to my visitors here, especially my friends from overseas. I’m glad you got some ideas from here.

    I love your id name – very encouraging! 😀

    Have fun preparing for your Reunion Dinner!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf 😀

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    shopaholics said,

    reading your blogs really makes me hungry. I’ve tried some of the recipes, it really works out pretty well.. thanks

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Good morning, dear shopaholics 😀

    Hehe, many people have said the same thing to me – that they get hungry from reading my blogs! 😆

    I’m glad that you have tried some of my recipes and they turned out well for you, too – everyone surely loves some homecooked food made out of love, eh?

    By the way, I love your last posting in your blog on how gentlemen should give more attention and show more love to their girlfriends and wives! 😉

    Have a nice day!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf 😀

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  9. 9

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