Friday, January 20, 2012

Gifts of Chinese Food for Lunar New Year

On Tuesday, we received a gift of fried noodles, curry chicken and stewed pig trotters from my nephew, Foh, the second son of my third brother. His wife is a very good cook. Mum,  TK and I had a delicious lunch. 

We are all putting on weight :-)

On Thursday, another much anticipated gift of dinner arrived :-). This is from one of my nephews, Fah, the third son of my eldest sister. My nephew and his wife cooked the meal. They are both good chefs and they run a very  successful business that specialise in making fresh noodles,

From the family that makes noodles for a living, their fried noodles for family festivals is one of the best dishes during family celebrations! Traditionally, for Chinese New Year, the noodles are made using duck eggs ( 鸭面 ) but this year due to the scarcity of duck eggs (for some reason), they use chicken eggs. Normal noodles ( 面 )are made with eggs and water but for egg noodles (面 ), no water is use - just eggs and wheat flour!

This dish is stewed belly pork and meicai ( 梅菜 ) with dried squids, dried scallops, cashew nuts and mushroom. Lovely dish!

I love this dish of chicken wings in a sweet sauce. The chicken wing is cut into three segments and the skin/meat folded up into a ball at one end of the bone. We called it "Chicken Boxing" ( 拳头鸡 ).

Next is my mum's favourite dish, bean curd roll ( 豆腐卷 ). This is a mix of minced pork, scallops, mushroom, water chestnut, etc rolled in bean curd skin and then deep-fried. This dish is best if the pork is minced by hand and not an electric mincer! In the old days, pig's liver is one of the main ingredient but today, the pig's liver is no longer used. I still prefer it with pig's liver!

Next dish is the Curry Chicken (咖喱鸡).

Finally, the yummy fish maw (鱼鳔) soup with Chinese radish (菜头), long cabbage, pacific clams(鲍贝) and mushroom. The chinese radish is stuffed with seasoned minced pork.

The whole family enjoyed the meal ... as usual, there was just too much food!


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