Did you know that Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year fall on the same day this year? Perfect! :D
I'm planning to spend next week with my siblings and maybe have a traditional Chinese New Year meal. Some of the dishes:
Noodles for long life (don't cut them)
Whole chicken for wholeness and prosperity
Eight Precious Pudding for fortune
Fish for abundance through the year
and of course, Neen Gow, the traditional New Year sticky cake that defies description. Its main ingredient is glutinous rice flour, which signifies unity and cohesiveness. Like most trad. Chinese goodies, it's steamed over a very hot fire. My mom used to make the best Neen Gow and Joong (wrapped glutinous rice with pork filling); I remember staying up late at night with her as she tends to the fire.
Neen Gow is very sweet and can't be eaten at one sitting. It's soft and sticky sweet when it first comes off the steam wok, and then itll hardened into a rock-like cake. I know of friends who store them in the fridge for months.
I like it best when fried. Slice hardened Neen Gow, then just fried the pieces. Crunchy on the outside, sweet and gooey on the inside. Just yummy.
Anyway, CNY always makes me nostalgic about the foods my mom used to make. It's one of those things that are slowly disappearing back in Malaysia because people aren't cooking that much any more or they buy the factory-made foods that aren't really steamed. Trust me, you can taste the difference.
I'm looking forward to see what my sis is feeding me. What? You think I'm cooking? Bwahaha.
Here's a funny Valentine video to show your Dear Man. Tell him not to surprise you THIS WAY:
Unless, of course, his body looks like Hugh Jackman's :D.