Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mom's Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner @ Home [Dish: Braised Sea Cucumber with Oyster & Mushroom, Stri-Fried Prawn in Kam-Heong style, Stir-Fried Abalone , Steamed Pomfret, Steamed "Kampung Chicken", Chicken Soup with Meat & Fish Balls]


Date: 28 January 2012
Place: Home
Dish: Braised Sea Cucumber with Oyster & Mushroom, Stri-Fried Prawn in Kam-Heong style, Stir-Fried Abalone , Steamed Pomfret, Steamed Kampung Chicken, Chicken Soup



Every year, mom will cook an elaborate Reunion dinner during the Chinese New Year Celebration, and this year is no exception. And as far as I can remember, every Chinese New Year dinner will have as the main dish, Chicken, Fish, Sea Cucumber, Prawn, Abalone, and Pork, cooked in slightly different styles each year.

Call me bias if you wish, but I always find the Chinese New Year dinner that she cooks each year is the best meal of the year. Her cooking mantra of healthy cooking i.e. less salt in no way makes the dishes less tasty as she would replace that with more herbs and the freshest of ingredients. She takes her tasks of preparing for the Reunion dinner very seriously. All the ingredients would have to be sourced and booked in advance. On the designated day, she would start preparation early in the morning to ensure that the meal and table is set by 7pm. She handles most everything herself, my duty only to pass ingredients to her for cooking, setting the table, and washing the dirty plates before and after! :-)

I guess the joy of seeing everyone enjoying the meal is satisfying beyond words for her, and for us, it is really the best meal of the year!


Braised Sea Cucumber with Oyster & Mushroom

Steamed "Kampung Chicken"

Stri-Fried Prawn in Kam-Heong style

Stri-Fried Abalone
Steamed Promfret
Chicken Soup with Meat & Fish Balls

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