Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Hay Fat Choi (恭喜發財) to everyone who celebrates Chinese New Year (CNY)!!!
To be honest, I’m not really a big fan of CNY – there’s just too many traditions and customs we have to follow for instance:
- On the 28th day of the last month (初二十八） you’re supposed to clean the whole house in preparation for the new year
- Anonymous Sis even bought us some bamboo leaves that we’re supposed to use when we shower to help us wash the ‘bad’ things away
- On the first day of the new year (大年初一）you’re not supposed to wash your hair or throw away any rubbish because if you do you’ll be getting rid of all the good luck ~
- Then the worse is having to scream out four letter phrases to wish your family and relatives a very prosperous New Year e.g. Bu Bu Gao Sheng (步步高升) which means you hope that person will be promoted in the new year ~ It’s particularly difficult for me when I don’t really know the phrases that well >_<
But I do love ONE tradition lol and that would be receiving RED POCKETS or what we call Lay See in Cantonese so basically a red envelope with money inside ~ It’s one of my main sources of income!
Another thing I like about CNY is the food! It’s basically a massive Food Galore, where we just spend our time eating all day long! These are some of the dishes we had last night ~
I also adore turnip cakes (蘿白糕）and water chestnut cakes （馬蹄糕) that we eat during CNY ~ my brother-in-law can eat a whole cake by himself!
We also have a slightly strange tradition in my family because we eat Zong Zi (粽子) for CNY, I think it’s because my Dad’s family originated from the Northern side of China and it’s a tradition there. Zong Zi’s are glutinous rice with a filling and then wrapped in bamboo leaves Zong zi’s are usually eaten during Dragon Boat Festival but somehow, it’s been a long standing tradition in my family.
The zong zi’s we eat at home are called Jia Hu Zong Zi (嘉湖粽子) these are zong zi’s are amazing, with a piece of pork and salted duck eggs on each side of the zong zi
And it’s so rare that we get to eat these zong zi because we have to order them through this special shop and its quite expensive too $34HKD ($4.30AUD) for one little zong zi ~ but it’s so so so worth it! For those in HK I’ve also included the name and number of the place where you can order these zong zi from.
I was wondering do you celebrate CNY? And if you do what are the traditional and special foods you eat?
Hope we all have a wonderful DRAGON year!
嘉湖 (Jia Hu) Zong Zi Shop
Ph: 2779 1153