the dinner spread

the dinner spread

As some of you know, the Lunar New Year just passed late last week. As an annual tradition in my family, we have a big feast to celebrate the festivities and to bring prosperity, health, luck and happiness into the home for the new year.

As a tradition, my mother makes sure that there is at least 9 different dishes set on the table and that is to ensure that we all live long lives. The number 9 phonetically sounds like “long” in Chinese signifying longevity. I can’t really say that we’re really superstitious, I would just call it being very traditional.

Unfortunately since I cannot accommodate the hundreds of Piquey Eater readers for dinner, you shall enjoy it vicariously through my pictures and descriptions below.

Honouring my roots from the Taishan province I shall say “gong hee fat toy” to you and your family. May you have an abundance of great luck and happiness for the year of the horse.

Until we dine again,

-The Piquey Eater

baby bok choy with abalone, dried scallops, dried shiitake, chicken and sea cucumber

baby bok choy with abalone, dried scallops, dried shiitake, chicken and sea cucumber

braised short rib with gingko nuts, sea cucumber and dried mushrooms

braised short rib with gingko nuts, sea cucumber and dried mushrooms

braised pork tongue

braised pork tongue

stewed beef with daikon in XO sauce

stewed beef with daikon in XO sauce

stir-fried argentine shrimp

stir-fried argentine shrimp

braised pig trotters with daikon, yam, peanuts in sweetened chinese black vinegar

braised pig trotters with daikon, yam, peanuts in sweetened chinese black vinegar

sautéed daikon with clams and serf clams

sautéed daikon with clams and serf clams

stir-fried vermicelli with green onion, egg, carrots and chinese sausage

stir-fried vermicelli with green onion, egg, carrots and chinese sausage

black moss and bean curt in pork soup

black moss and bean curt in pork soup

seasoned and steamed free range chicken

seasoned and steamed free range chicken