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Monday, February 26, 2007

Chinese New Year Party

cny feast

Why have one Chinese New Year feast when you can have two?

Last Saturday was spent feasting with friends at B's. G brought along a traditional Thai fish dip, tao jeow lon, made with fish fillets, coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves, red onion and tamarind paste. A spoonful of this warmed creamy mixture was dolloped onto traditional prawn crackers (the prawniest I've had), and then topped with a few wedges of cooling peeled cucumber. A delicious combination.

fish dip
Tao jeow lon Thai fish dip prawn crackers and cucumber

I brought along some goi cuon Vietnamese rice paper rolls, prawn ones and vegetarian ones with avocado, to accommodate dietary preferences. The humid weather wasn't particularly kind to the thin rice paper skins, but then neither was the CityRail trackwork disruption which meant a journey that involved three trains and a bus. Argh!

prawn rolls
Goi cuon Vietnamese summer rolls with prawns

B and P provided the rest of the feast which was polished off by late afternoon. Good food and good company. A great end to this year's Chinese New Year celebrations.

spring rolls
Spring rolls

chicken satay on bbq
Satay chicken skewers on the barbecue

gold coins
Chocolate coins and peanuts

chicken satay cooked
Chicken satay skewers cooked

fried noodles
Fried noodles

yee sang salad
Yee sang salad

yee sang sauce
Pouring on the sauce

yee sang sauced
Yee sang salad dressed and ready

yee sang tossing
Yee sang salad tossing with chopsticks (look at that height!)

yee sang debris
Yee sang aftermath

yee sang serving
Yee sang plated

Everyone digging in

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 2/26/2007 11:58:00 pm


  • At 2/27/2007 12:46 am, Anonymous Y. said…

    its 12.44am and you're making me hungry.....!

  • At 2/27/2007 8:24 am, Blogger Yvo said…

    Wow, that is so totally awesome. I want to do that! I've never heard of the "yee sang" salad, I'm going to ask my mom, maybe she has!

  • At 2/27/2007 11:54 am, Blogger PiCkLeS said…

    so what's the salad made up of?

  • At 2/27/2007 3:07 pm, Anonymous celaby6691 said…

    i want some.

  • At 2/27/2007 3:46 pm, Anonymous Y. said…

    Helen - Fyi just in case you didn't know (which is probably highly unlikely :)) The Korean place opposite the Interville(?) internet cafe at World Square (near the big bull) now has a small takeaway grill section. You can get what they call "Korean hot dogs", pancakes, and a few other snacky things. I got one of the hotdogs on the weekend and it was a strange experience. Deep fried, looked like a dagwood dog but tasted like a frankfurt in cake with a squiggle of tomato sauce on top.....


  • At 2/28/2007 12:35 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Y - You see what it's like editing the photos! lol!

    Hi Yvo - I confess I hadn't really heard of yee sang either till we did some research on the Internet, but it's definitely a Chinese tradition. Our family never really had this either.

    Hi Pickles - This salad had zucchini, carrot, pickled radishes, salmon, fried noodles, peanuts and sesame seeds. He forgot the white radish in the fridge. This was a little different to the one Veruca Salt and I made: recipe here.

    Hi celaby6691 - Me too. I'm already wistful at the memory.

    Hi Y - I have seen the Korean cafe but I didn't know it had a takeaway grill section. The Korean hot dog sounds intriguing. I'll have to investigate! Thanks for the tip! :)

  • At 2/28/2007 5:16 am, Anonymous gobsmack'd said…

    Actually, Helen; the yee sang tradition is a Malaysian/Singaporean one, rather than Chinese, as such. It has made a foray into the Hong Kong Chinese New Year scene in recent years; albeit as something of a 'foreign' exotica. Most HKers still regard it with something of a snigger when mentioned. Moi, I love it. But only when there's loads of fish in it!

  • At 2/28/2007 8:22 am, Anonymous jenjen said…

    Those summer rolls look perfectly summery! Wow what a feast Helen, you lucky thing!

    (wouldn't let me sign in for some bizzare reason)

  • At 2/28/2007 10:55 am, Blogger Yvo said…

    Helen- it's probably a regional thing. I haven't really experienced much with salmon, particularly raw, in the "traditional" cuisine my parents brought us up with- I mean, we started having fried salmon steak as I got older, with a distinctly HK-inflected Western style mayonaise mixed with fruit cocktail (that is so HK-people-doing-Western-food) but other than that, salmon wasn't really part of the food. I'm sure it's a real tradition, I'm just really curious where it's from... off to Google I go ;) Thanks though, for bringing it front and center as that sounds fantastic and fun. And messy.

  • At 3/01/2007 12:06 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi gobsmack'd - Thanks for the correction. I didn't realise that, atltho' the raw fish thing always did sound rather weird for Chinese :)

    Hi jenjen - The summer rolls were quite a hit which was great. They were perfect too for the weather (sticky and humid).

    Hi Yvo - Let me know what you discover re: yee sang's origins :) And that fruit cocktail mayonnaise sounds, ah, interesting...

  • At 3/05/2007 3:07 am, Blogger DiveMummy said…

    Sigh...note to self...must get invited to a Chinese NY feast in 2008....AG,as always your photos leave my mouth watering


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