Hope everyone is having a good week so far! In this part of the world we’ve been pretty busy preparing for the reunion dinner and the celebrations for the Chinese New Year. In case you’ve seen some decorations around Chinatown and are wondering what all the rams/sheep/goats are about, there are twelve zodiac animal signs in the full lunar cycle and this year we are ushering in the Year of the Goat.
I managed to take a few photos before it got busy yesterday and just wanted to share them with you :)
This plant above is quite a common decoration in households during Chinese New Year. I don’t know what it’s called in English but I suppose it is a little like the Chinese equivalent of the Christmas tree during Christmas. The red rectangular stuff hanging from the plant are called Red Packets. Traditionally, parents and elders give money to the younger ones in a red packet in exchange for mandarin oranges, as a form of blessing and well wishes for the younger ones.
The above selection are just some of the snacks you can find in Chinese households during Chinese New Year. These are snacks served to guests who come over to visit. They don’t have any special meaning attached to them except for the pineapple tarts perhaps. The dialect form of the word pineapple means prosperity and hence we have pineapple tarts during CNY in the hopes of bringing good luck to ourselves. They happen to be my favourite snack amongst everything!
Last but not least we have the legendary snack called Bak Kwa. This is literally translated as “Dried Meat”. I miss this so much because Australia restricts travellers from bringing it in so I haven’t had this in four years!
As you can see it isn’t totally dried, it’s just grilled and does not have a lot of moisture in the sliced meat. These are usually made from pork slices but these days you can find Beef slices as well. They taste quite similar to the beef jerky snack (biltong) that South Africans have, except that Bak Kwa is coated with a layer of sweet sauce. It is super delicious and the prices of Bak Kwa usually goes up during Chinese New Year due to the demand. People could also queue up to 7 hours for it during this period, when any other times of the year there wouldn’t be much demand for them at all.
Alrighty, it shall be a short one from me today cos I’m really knackered from all the visiting I’ve done today. Here’s a little selfie I took when I got home from the airport yesterday morning:
CNY in Singaz #2 will be up tomorrow with my OOTD so stay tuned!