My hard drive was totally broken.
It hit my life in a very tough way. All recipes, notes, records, and ten of thousands of pictures...
While, I'm finally getting ready for a fresh begin. Let's celebrate a great year of Monkey, full with active, smart, brilliant and hope!
Classic Golden Roasted Pork. I mean, Roasted whole pig. It is easy to buy, but very not easy to cut and eat all part smart. Glad we did it well.
Full Pot of Red & Lucky. In southern China, a traditional to arrange all precious and difficult to cook ingredients separately per their best way to cook, then assemble to a pleasant pot. Including but not limited to oblongs, lobsters, prawns, chicken, duck, pork, fish ball, mushroom, bamboo shoots, taro, veg. People believe it is a delicious dish and sure will bring in good luck.
Rice Noodle Bowl. In whichever you prefer way. I like it not only from my hometown tradition, but also I can prepare most part ahead of the day. The only challenge is to cook much rice noodle on the same morning of the party. Gee it is A LOT!
Mixed Ten Vegetable Salad. Ten is the perfect number. Meant full and a lot. The thing is you need to cook all ten different vegetable in their different way then mix together. But the dish taste great either warm or cold, so I usually make a lot, and have them ready in a minute.
Bean Curd and Celery Salad. They call it bean curd or tofu skin, I just tell kiddos soy milk skin. Great nutrition and texture, while pronounce just alike "rich" in Chinese. We have it all the time in new year. Celery sounds closely like working hard, it is a light dish, but with encouragement and hope.
Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad. No matter how you like the roasted pork, this dish goes the fastest.
New way to do my fruits. Don't mixed them when over three selections. Easier to pick and less to mess.
My Near Year Cake w/Sweet Red Beans. Traditionally they are steamed. I try the oven version this year, not bad. And the taste is light and healthy.
More sweets. With red beans paste or Lotus paste inside. Gone so fast :)
Asian style fish chips.
I try Texas grapefruit and rosemary to infuse the water. Taste very pleasant.
It's a super star. Dip in sugar or wrap in lettuce with Hosing sauce. The roasted pork is just fresh, crispy, and heavenly good, fat.
Meat Ball inside the Tofu skin. And More Bean Curd.
You have to have chicken for new year. And a whole one with head and tail telling you a whole giant good luck. Roasted Duck and fish is the same. Whole thing, with head and tail, no matter you can finish them or not. And actually you better have some left over, because it means more fortune to keep.
Our hometown traditional park belly with taro. You need to braise, fry, steam and sauce on. A lot of work and time, so we always make many bowl then just steam and serve later on.
Lettuce means, again, making money. Which is very important...lol! You just cannot afford to skip any good luck dish.
There is no new year if without dumplings. To the north part of China. But we as southern still take it and follow. My kids specially love the pot stickers, so we always cook extra per request.
We always have a fry pot handy during new year, since so many traditional dish retire deep fry to prepare. This kind of special chips are my treat when accompany daddy to fry whatever, nowadays, it become my kiddos most wanted treat for new year already. I guess this is a part of family tradition pass down to the next generation. Best wishes for your new year, and enjoy the precious time sharing our own stories with love ones.