Chinese New Year

Fish Maw Herbal Soup

Fish Maw Herbal Soup

Every Reunion Dinner, my family will either make Buddha Jump Over The Wall (佛跳墙) or Fish Maw Soup. Since I strongly oppose to eating Shark’s fin, now that I take over from my mother in preparing Chinese New Year feast for my family, I will […]

Hakka Yam Abacus Seeds With Vegetables (Suen Poon Chi/ 算盘子)

Hakka Yam Abacus Seeds With Vegetables (Suen Poon Chi/ 算盘子)

Lunar New Year to Orientals is like Christmas to Westerners. It is the most beloved and anticipated festival of the year. When I was a kid, I looked forward to buying and wearing new clothes, playing with my cousins, visiting relatives, receiving angpao (red envelopes/ 紅包) and […]

Hakka Deep-Fried Stuffed Dried Oyster (Yong Hou Si/ 酿蚝豉) – 5 Ingredients

Hakka Deep-Fried Stuffed Dried Oyster (Yong Hou Si/ 酿蚝豉) – 5 Ingredients

My late grandmother used to always make a huge plate of deep-fried oyster balls during Chinese New Year. I remember she would wrap it in caul fat, something that looked like a see-through net which the kid in me found incredibly fascinating. I truly enjoy […]

Buddha’s Delight (Lo Hon Zai/ 罗汉菜)

Buddha’s Delight (Lo Hon Zai/ 罗汉菜)

Many Chinese begin the morning of Lunar New Year with Buddha’s Delight or Lo Hon Zai (simplified Chinese: 罗汉菜; traditional Chinese: 羅漢菜). As it’s a mixed vegetables dish, commonly known as chap chai (literally: mixed vegetables in Chinese). This dish is named as such because […]

Crispy Salted Egg Prawns

Crispy Salted Egg Prawns

Salted Egg Prawns is one of the most delicious and auspicious dish for Chinese New Year. I like that the word ‘prawns’ in the Chinese language sounds like our laugher (ha-ha), symbolising happiness. Among other prawns recipes, I believe this is the most delicious way to enjoy […]

Fish Maw Soup – 8 Ingredients

Fish Maw Soup – 8 Ingredients

Fish Maw Soup is normally served during special occasion such as Chinese New Year. Some of the ingredients (such as fish maw and scallops) are considered as delicacies, and high-grade ones can be expensive. I loved this savoury soup since I  was a child. Now […]

Osmanthus & Wolfberry Konnyaku Jelly – 4 ingredients

Osmanthus & Wolfberry Konnyaku Jelly – 4 ingredients

What’s better than cookies on a hot and humid Chinese New Year? We would say chilled jelly straight from the fridge. It’s so refreshing and goes well with drier snacks like biscuits. One Chinese New Year, I made Koi Fish Jelly. This year, we decided […]

How to carve a rose from a tomato – 3 min

How to carve a rose from a tomato – 3 min

You may not realise that we eat with our eyes as much as we eat with our tongues. The word ‘flavour’ takes into account not only what taste our tastebuds can detect; but also the smell, the texture, and the presentation of our food. Beautiful […]

Easy Imitation Shark Fin Soup – 30 min

Easy Imitation Shark Fin Soup – 30 min

Chinese New Year, to me, always involves some kind of sharks fin soup – real or imitation. My late grandmother adored decadence. Every Chinese New Year, she would have a dozen of fresh chickens from the wet market delivered to her home and spend a […]

Easy Way To Peel Mandarin Oranges

Easy Way To Peel Mandarin Oranges

A week before Chinese New Year, families who celebrate this festival will be flocking to the market to buy crates of mandarin oranges amongst other things. Here in Malaysia, we call it kum in Cantonese which sounds like ‘gold’ or ‘wealth’. We like filling our […]

Koi Fish Jelly – 6 Ingredients

Koi Fish Jelly – 6 Ingredients

Want to ‘wow ‘your family with something sweet, beautiful and auspicious this Chinese New Year? Try making Koi Fish Jelly! As the weather is normally extremely hot in Malaysia during this season, I assure you that this dessert will be more popular than the regular […]