It's new year eve today. For the first time in our family, and for the first time in Mum and Dad's entire life, we had our CNY reunion dinner at a restaurant. Mum's age is catching up, so we don't want mum to be busy cooking and we definitely can't cook as good as mum. The next best thing is to have our reunion dinner in the restaurant, not cheap though, on brother-in-law's treat. hehehe. He got BIG bonus. I don't have any.
The dinner started off with 'yee sang', an important dish signifying prosperity and wealth. This is the dish that requires everyone to have chopsticks in their hand, and toss the pickled (and some crackers) vegie and fruits as high as possible. The higher you go, the prosperous you are.
Well, I'm the one holding the camera, and I don't want to be left out in the vegie tossing. This is the best shot of me. Nampak gigi je.
Here are a few dishes worth mentioned. This one is shark-fin soup. I love the taste but I DISCOURAGE anyone having it. Sis did the ordering, to much of my disagreement. Thousands of sharks were killed inhumanely each day, leaving the sharks dyeing slowly at the bottom of the sea after their fins had been cut off. This act of killing had disturbed the ecosystem of the marine life tremendously, causing ecosystem imbalance. If I'm the one who order the dish, shark fin will never appear in the list. Ever! (hm..... this does not sound like a CNY entry... but I just want to send the message across. hehehe)
Fish is a must. Signifying abundance. The fish in mandarin pronounced 'yu'. The same pronunciation also refers to 'left over' or 'over-flow'. Thus, having fish in the reunion dinner means everyone will have lots of wealth until spill over, and they're left over every year.
This dish cooked with some hair-liked fungi (or moss rather) by the name of 'Fatt Choy'. In cantonis, 'fatt choy' means prosperity.
I was heavily stuffed. I can foresee my body in pear shape after this CNY.