|Grandma and her 3 daughters|
The first dish in the banquet is almost always ‘Yee Sang’ or ‘YuSheng’ known as the Prosperity Toss. It varies from restaurant to restaurant but generally consists of shredded vegetables, some pickled, colourful crackers, candied ginger peanuts, raw fish and a variety of sauces. This is something Malaysians do. It was originally created by the Cantonese community in Malaysia and Singapore in the 30’s. This is a symbol of abundance and prosperity – as with most things Chinese. Once everything is nicely laid out and mixed, everyone gets in with their chopsticks and mixes it up, the higher you lift the ingredients the better your luck. And so begins the Chinese New Year meal.
Everyone was too busy chatting and eating we didn’t get photos of the full banquet but I can tell you it was absolutely delicious, everything I miss about food back home. This dish is called Lap Mei Fan which means Waxed Meat Rice. It is absolutely delicious, with assorted waxed meat such as meat and liver Chinese sausages, waxed duck and pork belly. All this cooked with a soy and sesame based sauce for the rice. Very fragrant dish but beware, it is quite greasy.
|Minor Decorations at Home|
|Once again starting with yee sang|