Tham Jiak means in some way "love to eat" in Hokkien. I am a Malaysian Hokkien and truly love to eat.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Myriad of Tastes for CNY

Back from missing in action. Chinese New Year had been a blast this year. As usual, I will be back in my hometown, Taiping and celebrated with family and friends.

As I am getting back on track from my holiday mood to my working routine, time is slipping away pretty quickly. As for now, I’m leaving you guys with pictures of the wonderful tummy-filled CNY celebration that I had. Enjoy!



Pho Pho (mum's mother) shredding the pre-soaked black fungus



Loh Hon Chai (Fried Mixed Vegetables)



My absolute all time favourite Jiu Hu Char (Stir fried shredded Cuttlefish with Yam Bean)



Another Stir Fried Mix Vegetables with Chinese Mushrooms



Live crab waiting to be cooked. We Chinese only eat the freshest from the sea.



Cooked Crab in Tomato Sauce, a little kick from ginger, spring onion and chillies



Steamed chicken, a must have for every Chinese household on reunion



The steamed chicken chopped and served sprinkled with chinese parsley



My aunt chopping the boiled pork tripe from the soup to bite sizes



Taking out the steamed fish (fresh from the sea too)



Pho Pho enjoying the food while waiting for the fish to steam



Yee Sang - We have it every year over at my mother's side, whenever we can meet up either the reunion day or Chor Yat/Chor Yee (first/second day of Chinese New Year). This Yee Sang of ours is self made, with the carrots and radishes freshly sliced thinly (no shredding as it will sweat too much) and then Pomelo freshly shred to pieces. The hues of greens and beige stripes are papaya pickles. In the middle is our main ingredient of the dish – abalone slices. The red packets contained Five Spice Powder and crushed peanuts ready to be sprinkled over the Yee Sang later.



Once ready to serve , crispy dough crackers are scattered all around the dish. Next the spices and peanuts are sprinkled over follow by pouring of plum sauce over it. We would then gear ourselves with chopsticks and then simultaneously toss the Yee Sang all over. As belived, the higher you toss the better. We usually end up with bits and pieces on our hand due to the crazy tossing by everyone.



Then all of proceed to scoop everything out onto our bowls and devour it. We would of course aim for the abalones but at last, we would end up distributing to each other anyway. The Yee Sang definitely tasted good, with fresh ingredients, right plethora of tastes of sweet and sour plus right textures of soft, chewy, crunchy and juicy all together. I looked forward to it every year. If you want to know more about this, Foodcrazee have an extensive information on his own deconstructed Yee Sang.

Overall, a lovely Chinese New Year, with jeans a little tighter, wallet a bit fatter (from all the Ang Pows), heart a little fonder and of course, smile a little wider!

19 comments:

Indira said...

Happy new year, Rokh!
Looks like you had a really spectacular new year celebration, filled with lots of good food and happy times with family.

MM said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Er, next year can I go to your pho pho's house for Chinese New Year? Yes, I am shameless!

By the way, I am very intrigued by the Jiu Hu Char. Do you have a recipe and what do you call yam beans in Chinese so I can try to buy them at the market? Thanks!

jen said...

oh gosh.... i feel so hungry right now!!! :P:P

rokh said...

mm, jiu hu char is really unique, my favourite too. i would find out the recipe and post it here. btw, forgot to mention its to be eaten by wrapping with lettuce.

jen, go get some chinese food then!

Fashionasia said...

very appetizing, untill i saw the chicken!! por por steamed the chicken together with its head!!!!!! ewwwww....

rokh said...

indira, thanks and happy new year too! i did enjoy mine.

fashionasia, aww, don't be afraid of chicken head. else how do you want to cook?

fooDcrazEE said...

rachel, wow, btw, thats pork tripe lar not liver...thu thor right not thu khua

rokh said...

foodcrazee, ooops, mistake. i'm not so sure of the chinese names, that's why. thanks for the enlightenment. it's updated!

hoangtam/tt said...

nice spread of food. looking at your pho pho I guess you must be pretty young huh? :)

rokh said...

tt, you're wrong by that. you know my pho pho is already 80+!!

Mark said...

Happy Chinese New Year!

I love home cook food. Yummy!

Wish you all the best in life, especially your final year project.

rokh said...

thanks mark! best wishes to you too!

myCoffee said...

What a delicious spread! The yee sand looked so yummy. Happy CNY!

myCoffee said...

What a delicious spread! The yee sand looked so yummy. Happy CNY!

boo_licious said...

Wow! Lovely spread and so nice of you to share your famous grandmother's pix.

sailu said...

Happy New Year,Rokh.Wonderful spread!Your grandmother is looking so cute..:)

rokh said...

mycoffee, boo and sailu, yea it was a great feast and i agree my pho pho is adorable :)

irene said...

Hi, jz happen 2 browse ur 'taiping' pg as i stayed in tpg b4 too.

looking at ur po po's pic, looks familiar, like my one of d po po tat attended my church in taiping, she has a dental clinic?

Extreme Power said...

brings back good memories...

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