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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Happy Chinese New Year

japanese custard cakes
Japanese sandwich cakes

It's Chinese New Year tomorrow, which means it's a night of celebrations tonight.

Festivities in Sydney's Chinatown have already begun, with the annual Chinatown Markets lining Dixon Street and Hawker Central taking over Belmore Park.

Chinese New Year dog
Chinese New Year dog mascot in Sydney's Belmore Park

Chinese New Year tree
Tree festooned with red colanders--surprisingly pretty!

Chinese chess players
Chinese chess players on Dixon Street

takoyaki
Takoyaki (octopus balls)

Japanese custard cakes being prepared
Sandwich cakes filled with vanilla, red bean, chocolate or vanilla custard

children's drums
Children's drums

Hello Kitty lucky red envelope
Hello Kitty lucky red envelopes

Tomorrow, January 29, will be the first day of the Year of the Dog. Dogs are renowned for the loyalty and generosity, and the year ahead should bring increased social awareness, charitability and an emphasis on family and friends.

So Happy Chinese New Year everyone, or gung hei fut choy!

Chinese New Year activities in Sydney City:
WED 25-SUN 29 JAN: CNY Hawker Central
FRI 27-SUN 29 JAN:
CNY Chinatown Markets
SAT 28-SUN 29 JAN:
CNY Children's Fair
SAT 04 FEB:
Beijing Night
SUN 05 FEB:
Chinese New Year Parade
MON 06 FEB:
Yiu Ming Temple Tour
TUE 07 FEB:
Sze Yup Temple Tour
SAT 11 FEB:
CNY Lantern Festival

SAT 11-SUN 12 FEB: Dragon Boat Races
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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 1/28/2006 01:04:00 pm


12 Comments:

  • At 1/28/2006 2:45 pm, Anonymous nicole said…

    Happy Chinese New Year, Helen! Wishing you all the best in this Year of the Dog! :)

     
  • At 1/28/2006 3:44 pm, Blogger Rose said…

    Ah, Gong xi fa cai to you too Helen!

    May the year of the dog be filled with much prosperity and happiness :-)

    Oh, and lots of great food!

     
  • At 1/28/2006 3:45 pm, Blogger Robyn said…

    Double happy Chinese New Year! SAVE ME SOME SAMMICH CAKES!!

     
  • At 1/28/2006 4:55 pm, Blogger Rachel said…

    Gong Wan
    Xi Shi
    Fa Ru
    Cai Yi

    May this year bring you much happiness and adventure with lots of food of course :)

     
  • At 1/29/2006 2:23 am, Blogger Catesa said…

    cheers to a fabulous new year! love the colourful photos... those sandwich cakes look sooooo good. just thinking of vanilla custard between 2 soft cakes? *drool*

     
  • At 1/29/2006 10:28 am, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    happy new year dude!
    you went to chinatown yesterday??? did you see the dragons beard candy demo??? i was so mad that i missed it!

     
  • At 1/29/2006 3:22 pm, Blogger jismgor said…

    hope u stuffed urself last nite , and had lots of food left over! it means that you'll have food to eat forever (according to tradition)

     
  • At 1/29/2006 10:51 pm, Blogger fooDcrazEE said…

    Helen,

    Happy Chinese New Year. May you and your family be blessed with good health.

    Nice to see some pic of Chinatown. Kinda different atmosphere with Malaysia.

     
  • At 1/30/2006 1:07 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Nicole - Thanks, and you too! Happy feasting!

    Hi Rose - Thank you. And hear, hear, or should I say, eat eat!

    Hi Robyn - Thanks. Would you believe I didn't even sample any. Was still stuffed after a huge lunch of steak and chips. Plus the queue for food didn't make it any more attractive.

    Hi Rachel - Happy New Year to you too! May you be similarly blessed with a happy belly too!

    Hi Catesa - Thank you. The cakes did look good. I'm kinda regretting I didn't buy any now. And yeah, I love CNY festivities. Always lots of photo opps!

    Hi ChocolateSuze - No I was actually there on Friday--too busy eating on Saturday. I think I saw the dragon beard candy making one year. It tastes so good doesn't it?

    Hi jismgor - Silly question. Of course I did. And boy, did we have leftovers. We should have enough for infinite lifetimes!

    Hi foodcrazee - Thanks. Happy New Year to you too. I'm sure Malaysia was much more festive and happily chaotic.

    Here's to an even better tastier year ahead!

     
  • At 1/30/2006 9:13 am, Blogger Julia said…

    Gong xi fa cai Helen!

    I was at the Fish Markets on Saturday and was pleased to see the dragons making their way through each store :-)

     
  • At 1/31/2006 1:29 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Julia - Happy New Year to you too!

    I heard that the Fish Markets were quite crazy and that much of the whole fish had completely sold out!

     
  • At 2/20/2011 11:48 pm, Anonymous Jane said…

    My favourite Chinese New Year food (though you sometimes find it all year round) is the Dragon Beard Candy, an ancient Chinese Emperor’s Dessert. It’s made into very sweet thin strands and sometimes filled with peanuts.
    If you’ve never tried it, you simply have to!

     

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