Chinese New Year Food in Malaysia

Back from missing in action. Chinese New Year had been a blast this year. As usual, I will be back in my hometown, Taiping and celebrated with family and friends.

As I am getting back on track from my holiday mood to my working routine, time is slipping away pretty quickly. As for now, I’m leaving you guys with pictures of the wonderful tummy-filled CNY celebration that I had. Enjoy!

Pho Pho Stir-frying vegetables
Pho Pho Stir-frying vegetables

Pho Pho (mum’s mother) shredding the pre-soaked black fungus

Nyonya Loh Hon Chai (Fried Mixed Vegetables)
Nyonya Loh Hon Chai (Fried Mixed Vegetables)

Loh Hon Chai (Fried Mixed Vegetables)

Jiu Hu Char (Stir fried shredded Cuttlefish with Yam Bean)
Jiu Hu Char (Stir fried shredded Cuttlefish with Yam Bean)

My absolute all time favourite Jiu Hu Char (Stir fried shredded Cuttlefish with Yam Bean)

Stir Fried Mix Vegetables with Chinese Mushrooms
Stir Fried Mix Vegetables with Chinese Mushrooms

Another Stir Fried Mix Vegetables with Chinese Mushrooms

Fresh Crabs!
Fresh Crabs!

Live crab waiting to be cooked. We Chinese only eat the freshest from the sea.

Chinese Crab in Tomato Sauce
Chinese Crab in Tomato Sauce

Cooked Crab in Tomato Sauce, a little kick from ginger, spring onion and chillies

Steamed Chicken
Steamed Chicken

Steamed chicken, a must have for every Chinese household on reunion

Steamed Chicken
Steamed Chicken

The steamed chicken chopped and served sprinkled with chinese parsley

Pork Tripe Pepper Soup
Pork Tripe Pepper Soup

My aunt chopping the boiled pork tripe from the soup to bite sizes

Steamed Fish
Steamed Fish

Taking out the steamed fish (fresh from the sea too)

Pho Pho
Pho Pho

Pho Pho enjoying the food while waiting for the fish to steam

Homemade Yee Sang
Homemade Yee Sang

Yee Sang – We have it every year over at my mother’s side, whenever we can meet up either the reunion day or Chor Yat/Chor Yee (first/second day of Chinese New Year). This Yee Sang of ours is self made, with the carrots and radishes freshly sliced thinly (no shredding as it will sweat too much) and then Pomelo freshly shred to pieces. The hues of greens and beige stripes are papaya pickles. In the middle is our main ingredient of the dish – abalone slices. The red packets contained Five Spice Powder and crushed peanuts ready to be sprinkled over the Yee Sang later.

Lou Sang!
Lou Sang!

Once ready to serve , crispy dough crackers are scattered all around the dish. Next the spices and peanuts are sprinkled over follow by pouring of plum sauce over it. We would then gear ourselves with chopsticks and then simultaneously toss the Yee Sang all over. As belived, the higher you toss the better. We usually end up with bits and pieces on our hand due to the crazy tossing by everyone.

Lou lou lou!
Lou lou lou!

Then all of proceed to scoop everything out onto our bowls and devour it. We would of course aim for the abalones but at last, we would end up distributing to each other anyway. The Yee Sang definitely tasted good, with fresh ingredients, right plethora of tastes of sweet and sour plus right textures of soft, chewy, crunchy and juicy all together. I looked forward to it every year. If you want to know more about this, Foodcrazee have an extensive information on his own deconstructed Yee Sang.
Overall, a lovely Chinese New Year, with jeans a little tighter, wallet a bit fatter (from all the Ang Pows), heart a little fonder and of course, smile a little wider!



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