Gong Xi Fa Chai, my homies! I don’t really know how to begin this post. The only word that comes to mind right now is EPIC, but that would make for a very short post, and rather unlike me to not chatter away, so I’ll try a little harder. So here goes.
Last Saturday, Mowie and Bruce threw a pre-Chinese New Year pot luck do at their place. There were seven of us in total and we all made something delicious in celebration of the new year. There were decorations. There were home made fortune cookies (with home made fortunes). There was a mountain of food. There were cocktails. Need I say more? Probably not. I think I’ll let the photos do the talking.
Five-spice and ginger bread Chinese New Year rabbits with Chinese writing (!!) by Bruce. His talent knows no boundaries and no, he doesn’t usually write Chinese.
Oranges and hong bao (red packets) – oranges (or tangerines) are often given during Chinese New Year as their names sound like luck and wealth.
Lantern decorations! And if you squint, you can see both of our gracious and uber talented hosts 🙂 (and me)
More decorations on a gorgeous orchid plant. But enough of the decorations. What about food?
We started with a yee sang (made by Su-yin), a traditional Chinese New Year dish consisting of raw fish, vegetables and sauce. The idea is for everyone to get involved and “toss” the yee sang. The higher you toss, the better luck you’ll have this coming year! And the more mess you make… well, the more you have to clean up, I’m ‘fraid.
So… toss we did!
After the tossing of the yee sang, we’re unleashed on the rest of the food…
Chinese style crispy salad by Leen, made with fried egg noodles *yum*
Chicken curry puffs with potatoes and onions by… moi. Recipe below 🙂
Oh and this! The most tender and delicious braised pork belly from Jenn…
… which was served with this scrumptious pickled cucumber… *drool*
That’s all the mains, but we haven’t really made a dent yet. Wait til you see the desserts we had 🙂
I told you Bruce’s talent knows no boundaries right? These are his Chinese five spice macarons with szechuan pepper butter cream *OMGWTFYUM* and in the background? His home made fortune cookies, each with its own home made fortunes!
And Mowie, a man of equal talent made these babies – matcha whoopie pies, and red bean whoopie pies with home made red bean paste! Are these guys FOR REAL? Seriously, I want to marry them both. Now.
And if polygamy were legal I’d also marry Su-yin for making these amazing lychee filled agar-agar jellies. Agar-agar is SO MUCH better than gelatine, people. If you haven’t tried it, I’d suggest you hit up Chinatown for a packet and try it now!
Of course there were also these pineapple tarts. But you’ve heard about them before.
And because the boys weren’t quite done showing off yet, here’s some meringue from Mowie…
… and Bruce also threw in some mango jello shots. Just cos he could.
And no meal at Mowie and Bruce’s is ever complete without a dabble in some cocktail or other. On the menu for our feast were some delicious lychee martinis and pomegranate bellinis. Lush.
I have to say in all honesty, I haven’t had a Chinese New Year party this awesome since I was a kid. Restaurants don’t even compare to a meal put together and shared with friends and I mean, you’re not going to believe this but most of the people at this lunch aren’t even remotely Chinese! Talk about talent 😀
GONG XI FA CHAI everyone. May you all have a happy and prosperous year of the wabbit!
Oh and ps. the fortune cookies? This was my fortune:
|Chicken curry puffs|
|500 grams chicken breast meat, diced finely
4 potatoes, peeled and diced into little cubes (I used 2 sweet potatoes and 2 regular potatoes)
2 onions, diced into little cubes
5-6 tablespoons of curry paste (sorry, I didn’t make the paste! But get one that is for Malaysian chicken curry)
5-6 tablespoons of coconut milk
2 tablespoons oil
Puff pastry (and I didn’t make the puff pastry either!)
|I made about 36 curry puffs.|