Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Home Cooked CNY Goodies

Happy Lunar New Year to all of you!!!

Have you had lots of fun eating and feasting and feasting and eating?

Lots of Home Made goodies I am sure.

My DM (Dearest Momsie, for those of you who did not know) cooked up a multi course imperial feast when we went over. It came out course by course, and so she was labouring away in the kitchen for a good part of the meal.

Of course, DM's famous dishes are a family secret.. the special steamed fish disappeared as soon as it arrived on the table, as did the super delicious salt and pepper butter XL sized prawns.

Her buddha jumps over the wall soup, was slurpilicious. It had all the traditional delicacies - fish maw, japanese mushroom, sea cucumber - and was cooked for a really long time over the stove. The ingredients had to be cooked separately too. Really a labour of love that would have induced anyone to jump over the wall.

Her braised abalone with sea cucumber and dried conpoy would have also enticed mr buddha to jump over the wall again.

Her soup was such a hot favourite , she did it again for ren ri (7th day of the lunar new year), which is also everyone's birthday according to the lunar calendar.

Yums max.

She also made yu sheng for us. It's a traditional chinese new year salad, which we toss for prosperity and good luck. I love this. really do. It has so many auspicious connotations, and it's healthy.

I think I ate it about 8 times over this CNY period, which is really quite tame. Some people even eat it twice a day.

MIL made curry chicken for our reunion dinner, held on the eve.

and tumeric prawns.

And i ordered a pen cai (a braised claypot of goodies). $288 from Man Fu Yuan. it's pretty good. we liked it so much we ordered it again. IMHO, better than Tung Lok's. But as we've eaten it thrice over the past 2 years, maybe we should consider another place. Shang palace maybe. The Sichuan Palace at Westin actually served rabbit meat in their pen cai. Eeeks.

1 comment:

DS said...

eeeks, no rabbit meat pen cai for us pls!