You don’t want meals with just meat, meat and meat throughout the CNY. Vegetables are essential to our diets, too, even during the festive, of course! And there are many greens can still be symbolical, for instances, the asparagus I’ve cooked here.
I named this dish as 锦上添花 (Pronounced as ‘Jin Shang Tian Hua’). Do you also find the appearance of this dish looks pretty much like the beautiful flowers (the prawns) blooming on the strong branches (the asparagus)? That’s the direct translation of these Chinese characters, which to be deciphered as makes the perfection even more perfect.
“Meal for Chinese Lunar New Year vs Western Valentine’s Day. “
So happen that this year’s Chinese Lunar New Year coincides with the Western Valentine’s Day. So, you might want to cook some sweet-hearted and auspicious with good symbolization dishes. Which condiment that first comes to your mind? The very first condiment I could think of to be used is… honey! No doubt, it has to be honey.
The sweet savoury flavor from the use of honey gives us a feeling of happiness, when we taste it. Honey, symbolizes sweet and loving life. Just for this reason, cooking this honey sesame chicken would be one of my priority dishes during the season (smile).
“One of the important Chinese festive seafood dishes. It helps to spread laughter around!”
Chinese Lunar New Year, we (Chinese) emphasize on cooking symbolic dishes with auspicious dish name. Prawn, or called it shrimp, is one of the compulsory items to be used to cook CNY dishes as shrimp, in Cantonese, is pronounced as HA (虾). Its pronunciation resembling the sound of laughter, ha ha! It represents happy life with lots of laughter ahead. Do you also notice? Even the curvy shape of each shrimp resembles smiley lips. So, eating shrimps are symbolical during Chinese festive, especially to the Cantonese dialect group.
One of my readers was asking for a recipe of 密汁鸡 (Pronounciation in Mandarin as “Mi Zhi Ji”) in my FB Fanclub. Without her further elaboration on the dish title, I assumed she wanted the honeyed chicken. However, I had an urge of making the honey char siew flavour version instead, last weekend. So, I cooked this for this time, and I promised to cook the other honey chicken next time, ok (smile)?
Well, it’s still worth cooking this recipe even if it’s not the desired recipe as it was so delicious! For the sake of the appetite of your kids, cook this, anyway. They will certainly love the sweet savoury taste!
“You can never resist this beautiful and lips-smacking prawns with thick miso and (chili) tomato gravy dish.”
This dish was taught by one of hubby’s old friend years back. So, I envisioned and cooked this dish at home recently, with the ‘recipe’ left in my memory. So, I guess this dish is more like an adaption of his original recipe which supposed to use prawn with shell intact, rather than my ‘ball-shaped’ prawns. I did it this way was to save me from peeling the prawn shells during the dinner, for hubby and girl who hate to dirty their hands on meals. And, with the shaped prawns, I think it makes the dish looks much more presentable, at least it was to me (smile). Well, of course, some may prefer the whole prawns as it is believed to enhance the flavor of the dish with the fresh seafood taste. It’s up to you.
“A hidden treasure in Eunos, where I bought my kitchen precious with varieties, sizes, colours, designs, materials.. etc, @ Kitchen.Mart”
Disclaimer, this place is for you only if you like all sorts of kitchenware. Am not a spokeman for any of these places, but if you are interested to know where to get cheap/ good/ varieties of kitchenware, I will tell you where I got some of my kitchen stuff.
Kitchen.Mart is a big warehouse-like shop for business or wholesalers to buy their kitchenware and utensils in large quantity. This place does accept walk-in customers though, but you won’t see the crowd here, not even on a weekend.