GONG XI FA CAI
from The Davis
We uphold the tradition of tea ceremony on the first day of Chinese New Year. In order for my son, Nick to get an Ang Pau from all of us, he has to serve tea to Po Po (Grandma), Dad and Mum. As for me, my Mum still give me ang pau and I have served her tea on the first day of Chinese New Year since at age of 5 years old.
After a big meal last night, today is a day on vegetarian food. My Mum made all the food for today except the Yee Sang. We had vegetarian Char Siu, roasted goose and duck and a big pot of “Chai” (mixed vegetables stew in red beancurd paste).
From left: vegetarian roast goose, char siu and roast duck
Yee Sang means raw fish and fish in Cantonese sounds like “abundance”. So, this dish is considered a symbol of abundance and prosperity. I was told that this dish was originated from Singapore in the 60s and the Singapore Government and business leaders are in favor of serving this dish as part of official functions during Chinese New Year dinners. This is also very popular amongst the ethnic Chinese community in Malaysia at restaurants and private dinners during the festive period.
Low Sang is fun!
My Mum is usually the star of the day because everybody wants to have a snap with her.
We had lots of laughter and fun together. It was a wonderful time spent with family and very precious to me!