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My Chinese New Year 2009 Preparations Part 2 – Planning The Family Reunion Dinner

Good evening, dear friends πŸ˜€

On the eve of the Chinese New Year (CNY) , it is a long standing tradition that a Family Reunion Dinner is held, usually at the home of the oldest members of the family. In China, younger folks usually leave their villages in the country side to work in the larger cities.

They would return to their hometown to celebrate the CNYor Spring Festival with their parents or grandparents. So, the older folks back home would prepare a huge lavish meal in joyous anticipation of seeing their children or grandchildren come back home and having a big meal as one big, happy family.

In those days in the Chinese culture, all the extended families would live under one roof….but in the modern times these days, the trend is nuclear families living separately of each other and the parents usually stay with the eldest son and his family. So, on CNY eve, people would go home to their parents’s house and reunite there for dinner – hence, the “Family Reunion Dinner”. πŸ˜€


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My Family Reunion Dinner last year in 2008

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The Chinese like to have auspicious or lucky sounding names for the food prepared for this joyous occasion. This is my Family Reunion Dinner Menu for this year (some traditional dishes are must haves and I chosen other dishes for a change from the usual fare). Heheh, I made up some of the names myself, and it is really up to you to have some fun and be creative about the names.

Family Reunion Dinner Menu 2009
1) Treasure Soup
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2) Nin Nin Yau Yue or Surplus of Good Things Every Year (Steamed White Pomfret Fish in Soy Sauce & Fragrant Oil)
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3) Beef Up For Prosperity (Beef Slices Stirfried with Lotus Root)
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4) Har Har Tai Siew or Big Laughter (Butter Prawns with Curry Leaves)
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5) Happy Family Gold Coins (Deep Fried Spring Rolls)
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6) Bountiful Harvest (Assorted Colouful Mix Vegetable Stirfry)
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7) Auspicious Yummy Parcels (Deepfried Paper Wrapped Chicken)
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8 ) Joyous Rainbow Noodles (Green Spinach Noodles stirfried with shredded pork, carrots, Shitake mushrooms, omellete)
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Below are some pictures of auspicous Chinese food with the links to the recipes –


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Homemade Traditional Spring Rolls or Chun Kuen or “Gold Coins”
RECIPE HERE

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Steamed White Pomfret in Soy Sauce or “Nin Nin Yau Yue” or “Every Year There Is Over Abundance”
RECIPE HERE

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Treasure Soup

RECIPE HERE

I will post the photos and recipes for this dinner menu next week. I would like to wish you a happy Family Reunion Diner with your loved ones this Sunday! πŸ˜€

With peace and joy,

choesf πŸ˜€


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My Chinese New Year 2009 Preparations – Part 1

Good evening, dear friends πŸ˜€

Well, I’m back here for a breather after 2 hectic days of preparations for theΒ  Chinese New Year Festival.Β  The phrase “preparing for Chinese New Year” seems innocuous and simple enough but actually, there a lots to be done every year in anticipation of welcoming good energies and a happy celebration of abundance with the arrival of the Chinese New Year (CNY), which falls on Monday, 26 January, 2009. πŸ˜€

As in every year and all Chinese households, about 3 weeks before the CNY, we would embark on a decluttering of the whole house – practically every inch of it. Broken things are either repaired or disposed, because they cause negative energy. All cobwebs are vacuumed, dust wiped off, walls given a good washing or repainting, creaky doors are oiled, cabinets/refrigerators and their contents are cleaned, linen cupboards are sorted out, ovens/stove top/cooker hood/windows are cleaned….and the list goes on and on….Β  πŸ™„

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My wall of gleaming glass blocks near my kitchen.Β  I had used a vinegar-water solution to wipe off the dirt easily and effortlessly

Once the whole house is cleaned and decluttered, we can actually feel the “electrifying” chi or energy in the house, because old chi has been removed, new energies have taken its place, and the house’s chi is moving….alive, in a way.

Next is the shopping of CNY stuff – wow, I don’t know where to begin listing them….from yesterday until the eve of CNY, I am shopping for something every day! πŸ˜†

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Mandarin oranges from China..a must during CNY because the word “kam” is a homonym (same sounding, different meanings) for “gold”. Boxes of “kam” are given as gifts to friends, neighbours, relatives as an auspicious and generous gesture.

The cover of the box has an auspicious Chinese character “Fu” or “Luck” in the centre and the red is an auspicious colour to mean a happy celebration. There is a lot of red seenΒ  everywhere at this time of the year…a sure sign that CNY is approaching...

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This is the first batch of my CNY goodies shopping …as you can see, there is a lot of red in the picture!Β  πŸ˜†Β  There are jars of traditional CNY cookies like “ribbons”, “loveletters,” “arrowroot or ngaku crisps”, “walnut cookies,” dried Shitake mushrooms, cans of lychee… some of these will go into a CNY goodie bag to be given to friends or relatives that we visit as a gift. This generous act is reciprocated by people who visit us at our home.

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This part of the CNY shopping is my husband’s and sons’ favourite – they get to buy their favourite carbonated drinks, soda pop, flavoured packet drinks…etc.Β  At the top of the picture are tissue boxes which have auspicous CNY words and are red in colour. I usually do not have such drinks often in my house because of their high sugar content but during the CNY, it is a treat for them to drink these to their hearts’ content! πŸ™„

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….I’m sorry but I have to stop here for now…my eyes are closing as I am typing this, I better go to bed soon. I will continue writing this tomorrow… πŸ˜‰

Good Night!

With peace and joy,

choesf πŸ˜€



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Getting Into The Chinese New Year Festive Mood..

Good morning, dear friends πŸ˜€

Wow, the Chinese New Year is just another 8 days away and I am running very behind in my Chinese New Year preparations (don’t I always every year!Β  πŸ˜† ).

Heheh, I was supposed to have finishedΒ  decluttering and cleaning my house by last weekend, but then I thought, my kids are going to get things messy anyway..so, I am deferring some tidying jobs then. πŸ™„

Next week will be the shopping of Chinese New Year goodies, new clothes/shoes , decorations, prayer stuff, and changing new currency notes at the bank for Ang Pows.

Somehow, the Chinese New Year cheer and festive spirit seem to be a bit mellow this year, probably because many people are cutting back on their spending due to the uncertain economic future.

So, I thought I would set the tone at my blog here to get myself (and you also πŸ˜† ) into some Chinese New Year mood by having some traditional Chinese New Year songs and videos played here. These were copied from YouTube and I have been listening to them since I was a kid…so they do bring back fond memories of my childhood.

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Tomorrow, I will post here my Chinese New Year’s Eve Family Reunion Dinner Menu.

It’s past midnight now and I am going to bed! Good Night and Sweet Dreams from KL! πŸ˜€

With peace and joy,

choesf πŸ˜€



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Happy New Year 2009!

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Happy New Year 2009, dear friends! πŸ˜€

Many of us will remember the shocking, bumpy year that has just passed and are hoping that this new year will bring a smoother journey to everyone worldwide. Today is like a new slate, for us to make new goals, achieve new dreams and think positive to start the year anew! πŸ˜€

I would like to thank all of you for your support at my blog and wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year 2009! πŸ˜€

With love, peace and joy,

choesf πŸ˜€

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