Happy Year of the Horse!

Happy Lunar New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Today is the 7th day of the lunar new year, also known as 人日 ren ri or “human day”. We celebrated at home with the in-laws. This dinner took me at least 2 days to prepare!

Pineapple prawns in Lee Kum Kee tomato garlic sauce.

Pineapple prawns in Lee Kum Kee tomato garlic sauce.

I cooked this prawn dish using a packet of Lee Kum Kee ready sauce – Tomato Garlic Prawns. Added some pineapple chunks and fresh chilli for extra zing!

Steamed silver pomfret, Teochew-style.

Steamed silver pomfret, Teochew-style.

What does a Teochew girl do with a fat and fresh silver pomfret? Steam it, Teochew-style, of course!

Roast duck, store-bought.

Roast duck, store-bought.

Our short-cut meat dish is this half roast duck from our neighborhood coffee shop stall.

Stewed mushrooms and carrot.

Stewed mushrooms in oyster sauce.

This is mom-in-law’s recipe. She’s been craving for it so I cooked this specially for her.

Assorted vegetables stirfry.

7-vegetables stirfry

The Hokkiens in Singapore traditionally prepare a dish of 7 vegetables on this day. My unorthodox version consisted of whatever veggies I could find in the fridge to make up this colorful plate of stirfry.

Pork rib soup with hairy gourd & dried figs.

Pork rib soup with hairy gourd & dried figs.

This is sis-in-law’s fav soup. Gently simmered for 2 hours to extract all the sweetness and goodness out of the ingredients: Pork ribs, hairy gourd, dried figs, dried red dates and dried scallops.

Almond jelly with longan & strawberry.

Almond jelly with longan & strawberry.

And to round off our sumptuous dinner, a refreshing icy dessert of homemade almond jelly, canned longan, and fresh strawberries.

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