February 9, 2005

Happy New Year! The Year of the Rooster and 4703

POST #    1561

Well, another New Year's Eve, another feast at the Mao household. It looks like my mom even out did the dinner from last year. People born in the Year of the Rooster are supposed to be hard-working, definite about their decisions, not afraid to speak their minds, which can sometimes come across as boastful.

Plenty on the menu this year: cucumber; eggplant; peanuts; beef with tofu and eggs; duck (with dipping sauce); chicken; loofa with fresh bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and dried scallops; shrimp; striped bass; "lion's head" meatballs; and glutinous rice cake. On top of that, there were oranges, cumquats, grapes, and lots of alcohol.

There is no doubt in my mind that I'm still full as you read this.

More information:
- Last year's feast
- All these photos, full size, on flickr
- Wikipedia on Chinese New Year
- Chinatown online on New Year in NYC

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink, Friends/Family at 7:42 AM



Good lord, that lion's head looks almost exactly like how my mom makes them and I thought she was the only one who made them that way. The ones I usually see at restaurants are always dry with thicker sauce.

Posted by: Ben at February 9, 2005 8:57 AM

Holy crap. Now I'm mad hungry.

Posted by: corie at February 9, 2005 9:45 AM

your mom is amazing.

Posted by: christina at February 9, 2005 10:02 AM

It all started when i reluctantly avoid mcdonalds breakfast on my way to work. Then i get to work and see your post, my hunger starts to get out of control. Then i receive an assignment to work on a food line website!!!!!!!!! wtf yo! this world is telling me i should never go on a diet or eat healthy

Posted by: shannan at February 9, 2005 10:19 AM

OMG! Before I even read that your mom actually made all that YUMMY food, I thought it was from one of those Chinese banquets! The food looks absolutely delicious and I'm sure it tastes even better! Thumbs up to your mommy! =)


Posted by: Ziggy at February 9, 2005 1:00 PM

So you're saying people born in the year of the rooster are "cocky"?

Posted by: Joe at February 9, 2005 1:17 PM

My Chinese New Year dinner is so sad next to this (I made frozen dumpling, Shanghainese noodles, and vegetables). I'll be angling for an invitation to the Maos next year, obvs!

Posted by: Jen at February 9, 2005 1:48 PM

Looks glorious. Had less of a banquet here in Kunming... had to make do with "cross-the-bridge noodles." You all certainly did it up right.

They are STILL setting off fireworks tonight... this internet cafe is shaking.

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