Monday, January 23, 2012

Our OLD BONES made it!

Yesterday Mum and I started cooking for the Reunion Dinner at 10.30am. Mum was in the wet kitchen, Quay Po in the dry kitchen, till 7.30pm. There was a slight change on the Menu. Instead of Deep fried prawns with sesame honey roasted walnut, I cooked butter ginger garlic prawns instead. Before I went into the full swing of cooking, I managed to take some photos of the ingredients we used. 


We started the dinner with "Yee Sang" which my sister in law brought. "Low hay ar! Low hay ar!" (Everyone exclaimed). Non Chinese speaking people, don't be confused, "Low hay ar!", the "Low" here does not mean "not tall" but the whole phrase in Cantonese means "go higher". 

After that we sat down for the dinner proper and these are the dishes we dined on to welcome the new Year Of The Dragon.


Everyone were stuffed and almost every dish was finished till “Mei yan chew kang” (Beauty looking into the mirror). When a dish is being wiped clean, this is what we will say in Cantonese, literally means the plate is shining clean like a mirror. We were all so stuffed that we had to wait an hour before we can eat our double boiled birds nest dessert soup.

My Quay Lo'ss favorite dish is my Lemon Chicken. My favorite dish of the evening is stewed arrowroots with pork belly. I think Mum did not use pork belly yesterday, she used another cut. She did this specially for my Quay Lo because he does not like meat that is so fatty.

STEWED ARROWROOTS WITH PORK BELLY

Ingredients:
 270 gm pork
270 gm arrowroots
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 ½ cup water
½ tsp sugar

Ingredients for Marinate:

(A)
1 cube (nam yu) fermented beancurd, meshed
1 cube bullion chicken stock
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp corn starch

Method:
 Marinate pork in (A) for 10 mins.  Heat 1 tbsp oil in wok and stir fry arrowroots till golden brown and scoop out and set aside. Add another tbsp oil in wok and sauté garlic and nam yu till fragrant. Add marinated pork and stir fry till they are whitish in color. Add arrowroots and mix well.  Add 1 cup water and bring to boil. Add ½ tsp sugar and mix well. Add balance of ½ cup water and turn heat to medium and let simmer till gravy is thicken, arrowroots are soft and pork is cooked.

It was a simple but wonderful reunion dinner at home. The family spent a great time together.  What can be happier than spending precious time with the family?
After a good night sleep, our old bones are ready to cook up another storm in the kitchen for the first day of Chinese New Year. Stay tune! 


"GONG XI FA CAI!" once again.

51 comments:

  1. Happy start to Chinese New Year!

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  2. Wishing you 龍馬精神*lóng mǎ jīng shén*. May the Dragon's fire propel you higher in top horse power with full vitality & passion in everything you do. Low hay ar! Low hay ar!"Huat Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!*GongXiFaCai.*

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    1. Wow, you always so good at your Chinese poverbs I grew up hearing all these proverbs from my mum. Thanks for all the good wishes and I wish you the same.

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  3. What a great way to start the Year of the Dragon ! I can see that everybody's really enjoying the yummy meal ;)

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    1. Yes, everyone were BELLY SATISFIED! hehe

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  4. wow...a great reunion dinner...:)
    you are right, nothing is more precious than having a good and happy family time...^^

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  5. A great way to begin the new year...food and family. what more can a person ask for?!!

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  6. Everything looks so delicious!! Glad that your New Year dinner went so well. I was born in 88 so the year of the Dragon makes me happy :)

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    1. OMG, you are same age with my son:D It seems it is a very good year for Dragon boys and girls:D

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  7. Love home-cooked food, though can be tedious to prepare for many people. Happy Lunar New Year! Enjoy the festive celebration!

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    1. Thanks Lala. We are enjoying it. When we see everybody is enjoying the food it is all worth the tedious preparation.

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  8. What a super feast! We had a real simple one this year with some pretty un-traditional dishes :D
    You must have read my mind! I've just got some arrowroots to make the braised pork dish and here it is!
    Also going to check out your lemon chicken ... looks absolutely delicious!
    Gong Xi Fa Cai! xxoo

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    1. Uh, is there a recipe for the lemon chicken?

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    2. ping, if you have checked on my post on the arrowroot dish, you will know that the best one I have ever had is not my mum's, it was my late brother in law, Eric's. Every CNY, I miss him, his sambal belacan, pan mien and this arrowroot dish. Oh, I thought I have posted my Lemon Chicken before, but you are right I can't find it. I will post it soon and keep you posted once it is up. xoxo

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  9. Merhaba; çok güzeller ve güzelsiniz.....

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    1. Thanks for dropping by and your following. I wish I can understand what you write:D

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  10. It looks like you had a lot of work with this but it also looks rewarding.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. Yes, cooking a good meal is always a lot of work and back breaking for old people like us but it is absolutely rewarding.

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  11. What a wonderful meal sharing with the loved one! We went to Mum's place on the 1st day of CNY. Although we traditionally eat only vegetable for lunch, we enjoy Mum's cooking so much.

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  12. What an awesome reunion dinner with all those tasty dishes! Gong Xi Fa Cai

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  13. wow, such beauiful food and the beautiful smiles as well!

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    1. Beautiful food made with love makes those beautiful smiles! hehe

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  14. Gong Xi Fa Cai! A lovely home cooked spread to share the joy of the New Year.

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    1. Gong Xi Fa Cai Keats. I am sure you are enjoying the New Year at home too.

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  15. What a great feast!

    Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and your family and best of luck and prosperity for this Dragon year.

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  16. Gong Hei Fat Choi, Veronica! Please wish your mother happy new year for me :)

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    1. Shirley, I have passed your CNY greetings to my mum. She said be sure to thank you. She wishes you "Po Po koh sing" I told her you are a "Luii Keong Yan" (Career Lady):D

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  17. Happy CNY to you and your family :)

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  18. i see birds nest..after beauty looking in the mirror, the mirror also sees another prettier woman in front of it!

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    1. hahaha, the prettier woman for sure i not me!

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  19. 新年快乐, Veron! What a sumptuous spread! Gosh, that is really something to die for, and so much quality food!

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    1. Gong Xi Fa Cai. The meal is a real treat. Can only afford to eat like this once a year. LOL!

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  20. That is so sweet - what your mom did, using a less fatty cut of pork to suit your Quay Lo's taste. A heartwarming and endearing family meal. :)

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    1. My Quay Lo loves her to bits for her thoughtfulness:D

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  21. gosh this is so much! :)

    Gong Hei Fatt Chooi! :)

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  22. What a fabulous meal.. especially all prepared from the heart! Homecooked food always wins hands down..

    A bit late but better than never... Gong Hei Fatt Choy to You & yr Family! :0)

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    1. Thanks. Never too late. Hope you enjoy the holidays too.

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  23. All the dishes look really Chinese and fantastic. Quay Po can cook very good CNY dishes.

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    1. I only cooked three dishes, the prawns and the lemon chicken and the mix veg. Mum did the rest:D

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