January 22, 2004

Happy New Year! The Year of the Monkey and Year 4702!

POST #    716

Food from last night (clockwise from top) - the full spread, sticky rice cake, chicken, "lion's head" meatballs, fish, vegetables, shrimp, Chinese sausage, beef.

Happy New Year! Today is New Year's Day according to the Lunar Calendar and is Chinese New Year. To wish people a happy new year today (don't even ask me how to pronounce them over this medium), Mandarin speakers say, "Gong Xi Fa Cai," and Cantonese speakers say, "Gung Hay Fat Choy" There are many traditions to this holiday, wearing red, cutting your hair, cleaning the house, not using knives, but the best one is that unmarried people get money from married people. This is enough to make Chinese New Year better than the actual New Year.

To celebrate, my family and I had Chinese New Year's dinner last night, since New Year's Eve is the night to gather for dinner (I think New Year's Day is too, but we aren't doing that). It was a feast to be reckoned with, with even greater quantities of food than when we had hot pot.

On the menu, shrimp, fish, vegetables, Chinese sausage, "lion's head" meatballs, sticky rice cake, chicken, and beef. It was quite a meal and I think I'm still full. What a good way to ring in the Year of the Monkey, Lunar Year 4702.

More information:
- Gothamist with plenty of New Year info
- Bluejake with photos of some serious Chinese folk
- About.com: Chinese New Year 2004
- Chinatown Online: Info about New Year and festivities in NYC

Posted by tien mao in Friends/Family at 7:19 AM



Goodness. Just looking at all of that yummy food makes me hungry, even this early in the morning. I think you should come cook that for me.

Posted by: corie at January 22, 2004 8:51 AM

good luck on getting tien to cook that for you. i dont know if he can cook anything.. he thinks a broiler pan is a cookie sheet!!

am i the only one with a dirty mind when someone says "lucky money"? my head always starts spinning and thinking I'll take money or getting lucky and both would be even better! oksoitsjustme

Posted by: rachelleb at January 22, 2004 9:00 AM

this is true. i am not much of a cook. i can make fried rice though.

if i had 1/10th of my mom's cooking skills, i would be a pretty darn good cook. i just need practice. and that's what i've never had.

and rachelle, it is just you.

Posted by: tien at January 22, 2004 9:18 AM

That looks sooooooooo good........

Posted by: joe s at January 22, 2004 9:19 AM

well that's why you're going to have a brand spankin' new kitchen in greenpoint, no? btw, did you see the big article on kitchen renovations in the times this morning?

Posted by: corie at January 22, 2004 10:18 AM

yes, that will help in my venture into cooking. nope, didn't see the kitchen thing yet. i'll take a look.

ooh, even google is celebrating with their logo today.

Posted by: tien at January 22, 2004 10:22 AM

Oh, the spread looks delicious. I spent New Year's in Hong Kong 2 years ago, and it was obscene how much food there was.

And rachelle, it is just you. Now I will never be able to look at my lucky money in the same way.

Posted by: Jen at January 22, 2004 10:38 AM

then my mission here is complete

Posted by: rachelleb at January 22, 2004 10:50 AM

Happy New Year!!!

Posted by: Greg Scher at January 22, 2004 1:04 PM

whoa - your mom TOTALLY outdid herself! i'm going to have to wangle an invitation to dinner at your parents' place! i can't believe she cooked so much for 3 ppl! (or were there more?)


Posted by: jeannette at January 22, 2004 3:17 PM

there were four of us. my parents, my cousin, and me.

Posted by: tien at January 22, 2004 3:31 PM

wow! that's quite a spread! i'm bummed i didn't have a dinner like that!

Posted by: e.ku at January 26, 2004 3:39 PM

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