Monday, February 3, 2014
Chinese New Year 2014
Went to my brother's house on 2nd day of Chinese New Year to celebrate chinese new year with my siblings and family. But firstly, the most important is to pray and make offerings to remember our late parents during Chinese New Year. As my brother (being the only son)is taoist, he need to make food offerings to my late parents. After prayers, it was our turn to eat. All siblings help prepare the numerous food either by cooking or purchasing. Beside the normal home cooked food, we had japanese sushi too. Pizza was favourite with the kids. Highlight of the lunch was the yusheng or prosperity Toss, also known as lo hei (Cantonese for 撈起 or 捞起) is a Teochew-style raw fish salad. It usually consists of strips of raw fish (most commonly salmon), mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other ingredients. Yusheng literally means "raw fish" but since "fish (鱼)" is commonly conflated with its homophone "abundance (余)", Yúshēng (鱼生) is interpreted as a homophone for Yúshēng (余升) meaning an increase in abundance. Therefore, yusheng is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor. You can read more about the history and origin of yusheng from wikipedia. Dessert for the day is this mango pudding in the shape of a Koi Fish made by me.