Feb 11, 2017

15 My Chinese New Year

'Tis the season for feasting, they say. The term 'Eat and Be Merry ' applies to many families during Chinese New Year. We really eat and do it non-stop!

This year we had our reunion dinner at Copthorne Hotel, Penang. The atmosphere was lively with cheerful chatter from every table. Service was good too and the food was delicious. They had someone dress up as the God of Prosperity to go around the hall stopping at each table to give out ang pao packets filled with a chocolate coin and lucky numbers for 4D.

Our reunion dinner:

Reunion Dinner (Yee Sang, Prawns, Broccoli with Fatt Choy, Fish, Lotus Rice and the Dessert

Early next morning, MIL made her signature herbal chicken soup to go with mee sua aka longevity noodles. It is our first meal of the new year. Live long and prosper - that's what this signifies.

Herbal Kampung Chicken Soup

Mee Sua aka Longevity Noodles with Boiled Egg and Herbal Chicken Soup

Then, we headed out to see the lion dance. This is said to bring good luck.

Lion Dance

The first day of the Rooster year was spent welcoming visiting relatives and exchanging ang paos. When it comes to giving or receiving ang pao from MIL (in our family at least), we would bow or kneel and wish her well.

Bow, Wish Your Parents Well, Accept

These are the CNY cookies served to the guests. It made our lunch too. I think we ate half of it!

CNY Cookies

In the evening, it was a steamboat dinner.

Steamboat Dinner

And that's just the first day of the Rooster year. Let me tell you about my second day...in another post. Lol.


15 comments:

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    1. Thank you ..pretty much a good-food few weeks!

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  2. that's a feast, Sharon! Geez, I miss that mee sua chicken soup!

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    1. Every CNY, Angie...every CNY ..haha! My jeans are screaming..

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  3. Lovely photos, Sharon, and the food looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing, it looks like you had a great time!

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    1. It was wonderful to spend time with the family, Linda. I look forward to next year!

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  4. Wow! The reunion dinner and 1st day were full of wonderful food and family value. Love your photos.


    Wow! Really bow so low?? We dont really bow that low but it is a good practice especially to the younger generation where history nearly gone with the time.

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    1. Thank you, Rose...yes, the men in the family really bow this low for a dramatic effect..lol!

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  5. Wow, I drooled at the amt of black moss, dear! It's awesome that you guys still observe the traditional way of bowing....... xoxo

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    1. Shirley..high 5! Happy to hear you like black moss. I do too! The bowing is pretty fun ;)

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  6. That herbal kampung chicken look awesome delicious weiii!!!

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  7. eat...must eat. :)

    so much red dates. Soup must have been very delicious

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  8. wow longevity mee sua looks awesome!
    I dont have this during cny but I know this is our tradition to eat during cny and birthday

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