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

Good evening, dear friends 😀

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”. 😀


My Family Reunion Dinner last year in 2008

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


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




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




Treasure Soup


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! 😀

With peace and joy,

choesf 😀


9 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Louise said,

    I have come to the realization that it is not the right time for me to post about such a glorious custom. I hope you don’t mind if I just “borrow” this link as an introduction for my calendar visitors. Thank you so much for sharing choesf. Happy New Year, see you next week!


  2. 2

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    No, I don’t mind at all that you “borrow” this link for your calendar visitors, dear Louise. Actually, there are different ceremonies or practices throughout the 15 days of the Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations. Even with the CNY shopping, foodstuff, preparations and rituals have different meanings…I have only covered less than 20 % of the CNY celebration customs. I will write more from the first day of CNY as things are turning into a busy frenzy now as the Family Reunion Dinner comes nearer…it will be the climax of our CNY preparations! 😆

    With peace and joy,

    choesf 😀


    • 3

      ellen tan said,

      Hi, I like to cook for my family the lamb stew featured in your post. But don’t know what is fook sun. Can u please tell mewhat fook sun is in chinese. Tks


  3. 4

    Louise said,

    Thanks for letting me use the link, choesf. I put it on the Kettledrum blog and the calendar. Perhaps, next year I will be more prepared. Happy New Year to you and yours. Your family menu looks oh so enticing. Enjoy!


  4. 5

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    You are most welcome, dear Louise! Happy Chinese New Year to you, too! 😀

    With peace and prosperity,

    choesf 😀


  5. 6

    elvadrieng said,

    Ahh, Your Reunion Dinner dishes is quite different from mine


    • 7

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear elvadrieng 😀

      What did you have for your Reunion Dinner? Perhaps, I can try cooking some of your dishes for my next CNY Reunion Dinner – it will be a nice change for my family.

      Gong Xi Fa Cai!

      With peace and prosperity,

      choesf 😀


  6. 8

    Kaitlin said,

    Hi! I’ve been reading your archived recipes, and I came across a few including konnyaku. I recently acquired a large container of konjac flour, and frankly, I’m not sure what to do with it. I’d love it if you could forward/point me towards some recipes that include it! So far I’ve only found a way to make it into noodles, which is tasty, but I’d like to branch out!

    Thanks, and I hope to hear from you soon!


    • 9

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear Kaitlin 😀

      I apologise for the late reply….my Internet connection has been unreliable these days. 🙄

      I’m sorry I have not seen Konjac flour before and therefore, I don’t have any recipes for that. 😳 I would love to try some of those Konnyaku noodles…

      With peace and joy,

      choesf 😀


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