Happy Birthday to you!!!
It's the seventh day of Chinese New Year (CNY), traditionally known as Rénrì (人日, the common man's birthday), the day when everyone grows one year older (Wikipedia, 2012). Although I don't have 鱼生 (YuSheng, tossed raw fish salad) this year, that doesn't stop me from enjoying CNY & having a great time! Guess what, I know how to make some traditional CNY dishes, F.I.N.A.L.L.Y!!! Yay, my life doesn't have to be so miserable anymore.
I made all of these except the roasted pork on the 1st day of CNY. Totally have no idea how I actually did it, super proud of myself!
#1 南乳五香炸肉. Mum taught me this over the phone and I also referred to a recipe that Sock Peng shared me on FB.
#2 Roasted pork. Bought it from Ocean Pacific Market, an Asian market located in Broomfield. I don't eat this so I don't know if it tastes good but Chean insisted it's a must-have in order to complete our CNY menu @.@
#3 欢乐笑哈哈 aka Ketchup Prawns.
#4 Veggie & Mushrooms.
#5 年年有鱼, Garlic & Bean Sauce Steamed Fish. A recipe I stole from my mum over the phone, again.
#6 This dish was kinda like a spur-of-the-moment thing, I spontaneously invented it by adding a little bit of herbs & spices and surprisingly, it tasted amazing! Wanna called this 相亲相爱 or 一家团圆 cause it's made of chicken & eggs; however, Chean thought it sounded too cruel, we then called it 金鸡报喜 (what, chicken lays eggs mah, duh @.@).
#8 Dinner for two! Ya, just me & Chean; I'm not confident enough to invite guests over.
#9 Tea time~~
#10 Ended the second day of CNY with 菜脚／酸菜 (a spicy & sour Malaysian dish that's made of leftover foods). Y.U.M.M.Y! First attempt ever, thanks to my mum again!
#11 Spot the luggage? I haven't completely unpacked it since my Aspen trip, but well, I'll soon be flying again~~ Why bother :p
#12 Dolled up and went out makan again on the 5th day of CNY.
#13 Ordered Lobster Yee Mee again, I know, I'm crazy about seafood, I can eat them everyday! :p
#14 And, he is crazy about Chicken Rice, especially the Hainanese Style, hehe...
Ohh... Before I forget...
#15 Thank you Maria for sharing the 年糕 (rice cake) that she brought over from Vancouver, Canada with us! I searched all over the town yet can't find these in any Asian markets, A.R.G.H =____=lll
#16 I only wish I could make better flour mix... Rice cake, why you no good-looking one?
Nonetheless, we feel super blessed to be able to celebrate CNY before the end of the world, if the 2012 prediction is true. LOL... I'll see you all in Malaysia next year!!!
Gong Xi Fa Cai,