We had our second reunion dinner last night. With my B-i-l and his family now living in Perth, there are only 13 of us left, which means we can all fit around the dining table at home. Previously, with 16, we would load the childrens' plates with food, and they would adjourn to a smaller table, whilst the adults sat around the main dining table.
M-i-l, as usual, cooked up her "must-have" CNY reunion dishes. Here's a sampling of the dishes:
Chilli king prawns. The chinese love to serve prawns for the reunion dinner, as it is called "har" in cantonese which sounds like Laughter.
Meat balls. The round meatballs symbolises a complete family.
Chicken curry. A dish the family loves to have.
Fried Chicken Wings. Another favourite of the children!
Chap Chye. A vegetable dish to add fibre to our meal.
Kong Bak. A hokkien dish which the family enjoys having with buns.
Fried Pek tor. This fish is a "must-have" for teochews. It used to be available only during the CNY period (before they started farming it) and the fish at this time of the year, usually comes with the roe or egg. The chinese serve fish because the word "fish" in mandarin sounds similar to the word "abundance".
Leeks with sea cucumber. This is also a required dish for all teochew families during the CNY as they believe it would bring wealth. The name of the vegetable, "sng", sounds like the teochew word "count".
Fu Kwey Cai with Mushrooms, abalone and black moss. An auspicious chinese new year dish. This year we opted for this dish instead of the treasures pot, as m-i-l did not want to put in the "seo bak".
A few other dishes I forgot to take photos of were the fried noodles (for long life), the soup, and the spring rolls.
And for dessert, sweet yam. This hokkien dish is quite similar to the teochew "or nee" or yam paste, only that the yam is chunkier.
I hope with these photos, you managed to enjoy our meal with us!!
What are the must-have CNY dishes for your family?