On the 7th day of Lunar New Year, my 2nd bro hosted this year’s reunion dinner at his home. For various reasons, most of us couldn’t make it on the LNY’s eve, as is the tradition, so we decided to have the family reunion dinner on the 7th day, which is also renri 人日, the common man’s birthday, the day that everyone is one year older.
2nd sis-in-law prepared the yusheng ingredients, which I then plated. No, that’s not abalone, but canned king topshell, which tastes very similar to abalone but only at a fraction of its cost.
Instead of white and green radish, 2nd sis-in-law used fresh apple and Korean pear strips instead, making the yu sheng extra sweet, crunchy, and refreshing! I much prefer this fruit-based yu sheng to the usual version.
Look at those huge prawn fritters! It was one of the faster-moving dishes.
These were tasty, but on the dry side as they were made with lean pork, not pork chops.
I think these were sea bream fillets. Marinated in salt, black pepper, dried basil, and olive oil, then steam-baked in foil. Simple and healthy, but so fragrant and tasty. This definitely tasted better than it looked!
Eldest sis-in-law adores mushrooms. This dish was also very popular. I think after the past few days of feasting and snacking, everyone was yearning for wholesome veggies!
I contributed three easy dishes. The fruit salad is simply canned fruit cocktail and fresh apple tossed in mayonnaise and a little lemon juice, then topped with steamed prawn.
Because we’d planned for this meal to feature more greens, I made this colorful vegetarian dish.
Instead of roasting a whole chicken, I used chicken legs instead, cos everyone in our family prefers dark meat. This way, we won’t have to fight over our favorite part!
Besides dinner at Eldest Bro and 2nd Bro’s, I also had to cook for the hubby’s family on LNY’s eve. After a week of mammoth grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning, I’m really pooped! How did my mom get through so many Lunar New Years??