Saturday, February 18, 2012

Another Birthday

TK's second brother, Chang Yao (长耀), is celebrating his 70th Birthday and TK is having a dinner for him with the family. Traditionally, for Fuzhou (福州) families, they must serve longevity noodles (长寿面) or mee-sua (面线) with chicken and eggs. 

Since the dinner is at a restaurant, TK and I talked about it and thought that it would be nice to do away with this traditional dish and replace it with this ....

It is a lovely multi-layer sponge cake in the form of a bowl of mee-sua (面线), chicken drumstick and eggs with a sprinkling of fresh spring onion and fried onion. Beside the bowl is a pair of chopsticks.  

The mee-sua (面线), chicken drumstick and eggs are fresh cream, the fresh spring onion and fried onion are crystallised papaya and the chopsticks are moulded from chocolate. All sit on a red base of sugar paste.

The 3D cake was made by our good friends, PeterZhen of Bake&Chilled and it is a lovely cake!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Gift of Chinese Food for Lunar New Year

This is probably the last gift of Chinese Food for the Lunar New Year. Today is the 14th Day of the Lunar New Year and the gift of food is from my second sister-in-law. She just came back from Melbourne.

The meal consists of four main dishes and two sauces - a spicy-sweet chilli sauce and a dark sweet sauce.

This is delicious stuffed bean curd (酿豆腐) made to our family recipe - the filling being a pork,red leek (汕斗红蒜) and salted fish mix - which is truly the original Hakka stuffed bean curd (客家酿豆腐).

The main way to eat the stuffed bean curd is to wrap them with the local lettuce and dipped into the sweet and spicy chilli sauce.

All festive meals for my mother always include my mum's favourite dish, the bean curd roll (豆腐卷). This is eaten with the dark sweet sauce.

Next is the stewed pork trotter with spare-ribs. Cooked with mushrooms and soya sauce, it is one of my favourite dish!

Of course, the curry chicken (咖喱鸡) :-)

We add on a light spinach and bailing mushroom soup (菠菜白灵菇汤). It was a really good meal. Yummy!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

高祖母 (Great-Great-Grandmother)

This morning saw the birth of our family's first fifth generation child - a girl - in my third brother's family.

My mum is now a great-great-grandmother (祖母 ) and I am now the fourth great-grand uncle (). My youngest brother's two sons at 14 and 11 are now grand uncles () and his daughter at 20, a grand aunt (姑祖).

My mum is so happy and grinning from ear to ear :-)