Reunion Dinner | Happy Dragon Year 2012

Reunion dinner during Chinese new year eve is a very important event for the Chinese. This year, to welcome the Dragon year, my family and I went to a Chinese restaurant to have our reunion dinner one day before new year eve. We had our dinner at Yun Yan Restaurant.

During Chinese new year, this dish is always served as an opening and it is an essential dish to have – Yee Sang.

Everyone used chopstick to mix the yee sang and wish everyone a prosperous new year. Continue reading “Reunion Dinner | Happy Dragon Year 2012”

Mid Autumn Festival

Mid Autumn Festival, also known as Mooncake festival falls on 15th August of the Lunar calendar every year. Today is Mid Autumn Festival. Typical Chinese family will be celebrating this day by eating mooncakes, having reunion family dinner, as well as walking around with paper lanterns!

Last night, Orange and I were invited by a friend of ours, namely Patrick, to a mooncake festival party like what we did last year. No BBQ for this year, food and drinks were simple yet delicious. After having our meal like macaroni, sausage salad, mooncakes, etc….we went out the house to lid the lanterns. Continue reading “Mid Autumn Festival”

Happy DongZhi

It’s time to eat Tang Yuan (汤圆)!!

The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms (節氣). Dōngzhì (冬至; literally: “winter solstice”) is the 22nd solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 270° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 285°. It more often refers in particular to the day when the Sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 270°. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually begins around December 21 (December 22 East Asia time) and ends around January 5.

In China, Dongzhi was originally celebrated as an end-of-harvest festival. Today, it is observed with a family reunion over the long night, when pink and white tangyuan are eaten in sweet broth to symbolize family unity and prosperity.

This is what I have at home today. A very traditional and simple Tang Yuan in white and pink, with no fillings inside – just pure rice flour. It taste like eating flour only, if without the sweet syrup. Continue reading “Happy DongZhi”

Happy DuanWu Festival

DuanWu Festival (端午节/DuanWu Jie) also known as the Dragon Boat Festival, is one of the most important traditional Chinese festivals celebrated by the Chinese. This festival has many other Chinese names which refer to the same day and there’s many saying of how this festival was started back in the olden days.

The Dragon Boat Festival or Dumpling Festival or simple just DuanWu Jie, is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Lunar year (Chinese Calendar; Which is today). There are many stories behind this festival for how and why it is celebrated. One of the most popular saying is that this festival is celebrated as a remembrance of the great patriotic poet Qu Yuan (屈原).

It was said that under certain occasion, Qu Yuan was isolated and felt sad about the country until then he jumped into the river to end his life. When the villagers knew about this, they quickly rowed their boats and hoped to rescue him, and another saying is they didn’t want Qu Yuan’s corpse to be eaten by fish (or scared that he would be hungry down under the river), they made a lot of dumplings (known as Zong Zi or 粽子 – rice wrapped in bamboo leaves) to feed the fish (or him – either way of the legend).

This slowly has become a tradition, and that’s how Dragon Boat competition and eating dumplings become related to this festival. No matter which story is the most reliable, that’s not so important. So, HAPPY DUANWU JIE to all =)

Process of making Chinese meat dumpling
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