Friday, January 27, 2012

Traditional Yu Sheng

Taditional Yu Sheng purchased from the supermarket.  Yusheng is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor.

Prosperity Toss (Mixing it up) ~ the higher, the better! 

I hope it isn't suppose to stay inside the plate...

The Chinese New Year's Eve meal is the most important dinner of the year. Traditionally, families have gathered at a designated relative's house for dinner, but modern days, many families celebrate New Year's Eve dinner at a restaurant. Many restaurants require reservations months in advance, not to mention, you are lucky to find one that is actually open.  There are also some families that hire a professional chef to come cook at their house ~ the same families that refurnish their homes every year for the New Year! Yes, I am still jealous!

Chinese New Year is a 15-day celebration and each day, many families rotate celebrations between homes of their relatives. The festivies go on all day and sometimes, a family ends up cooking two meals for their relatives, once at lunch and once at dinner, much like my traditional Christmas or Thanksgiving celebration.

Some other traditional foods for CNY:
  • Eight Treasures Rice (contains glutinous rice, walnuts, different colored dry fruit, raisins, sweet red bean paste, jujube dates, and almonds).
  • "Tang Yuan" - black sesame rice ball soup; or a Won Ton soup.
  • Chicken, duck, fish and pork dishes.
  • "Song Gao", literally translates to "loose cake"- which is made of rice which has been coursely ground and then formed into a small, sweet round cake.
  • "Jiu Niang Tang" - sweet wine-rice soup which contains small glutinous rice balls
  • a sweet soup made of cut-up fruit: Cut fruit is added into hot/warm water which has had a thickening agent (like cornstarch).
More Chinese New Years 2012 posts:
Chingay 2012
Lion Dance CNY 2012

Chinese Lunar New Year 2012

Our 1st 2 oranges!

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