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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

In the name of Chinese New Year ...

Folks back home are most probably overwhelmed by Chinese New Year (CNY) preparation/celebration by now. As for me? Hmmm, let's see ... except the chinese groceries stores are displaying some CNY related products (年货) like CNY-candies, red packets, gift-baskets/hampers (which is very different from Malaysians' product in terms of packaging and products included in the baskets), we can almost forget the fact that CNY is around the corner. As a matter of fact, I wasn't aware of CNY until last weekend.

Anyhow, life goes on. After so many years, we're pretty used to the fact that we are not celebrating as much Chinese festive seasons when we're in overseas. Sounds pathetic? Nah, don't worry, we are alright.

Nevertheless, I will still try to get some CNY related products, in the name of celebrating CNY ...

Zhangzhou Mandarin Oranges (漳州芦柑). It tastes like it, looks like it ...

Very sweet, seedless ...

I am not sure whether are they the same thing, that is Clementine=Zhangzhou Mandarin Oranges? But I have read somewhere that clementine is the result of a cross between traditional mandarin oranges with sweet oranges ... Sounds like it is.

BakGwa (肉干)[Dried and processed meat]. Such product is a common item especially during CNY in Malaysia and Singapore. Many people normally will buy a few boxes of these as gifts to give each other.

Such small box of product for USD8. Well, it tastes alright, but it is so hard to chew! Yeah, I know, better than nothing ...

I found no CNY cookies, so I bought a box of this instead.

Here goes, some stuffs to elevate the CNY spirit in my household.

For folks in Malaysia, I hope you have a wonderful CNY celebration, and a prosperous year ahead.

Happy Chinese New Year, and Gong Xi Fa Cai!

With love,
Greenapple & Tomato


Anonymous Mama BoK said...

Happy CNY to you and Mr T... ;)
At least you can get bak kwa.. hahha!

10:53 PM

Blogger Sebastian's mommy said...

greenapple, Sin Tong Yang dried meat is quite hard to chew. I think we dun have it anymore in Malaysia, or at least i dun see it so far. Wo Lai Yeh is much more softer! Dun worry, u sure have the chance to taste it when u r back! Gong Xi Fatt Cai!

11:48 PM

Blogger mom2ashley said...

whoops! pistachios for CNY!? heheh...anyways.. Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and tomato!!!!!

2:21 AM

Blogger Zara's Mama said...

The mandarins/clementines are very good symbols for CNY.. you are doing good. :P

Lots of housewhole served pistacio now as well instead of peanuts..

You can cook up a feast, make some CNY dishes, should feel like CNY already.

2:55 AM

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Blogger Chen said...

GOng xi fa cai :)

5:36 AM

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Blogger wHOisBaBy said...

Happy Chinese New Year to you and Tomato.

Gong Xi Fatt Chai & Sin Nien Kwai Leh.

12:44 PM

Blogger rokh said...

happy chinese new year!

1:46 PM

Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

Wo Lai Yeh also came up with similar bak kwa. It seems it is made of lean meat and not processed like the usual bak kwa which is laden with lard and sugar. Tempted to make some as my FIL knows how but then again...too much work. Easier to buy ler..


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