Gong xi gong xi gong xi 恭喜恭喜 …Its Lunar New Year season and again another round of feasting and get together with families and friends
I thought perhaps it might be a perfect time to compile a top 5 list of my favourite food found during the Lunar New Year
- Pineapple Tarts
Pineapple tarts is a popular Chinese New Year delicacy in Singapore and it’s my favourite snack. They are tasty round shaped (usually) tiny tarts with yummy pineapple filling, though there are variants nowadays. I love the type with a huge “mountain” of pineapple filling on the pastry and it’s guaranteed when visiting family or friends, this would be the first item that I would try from the platter.
Recommendations on where to get good pineapple tarts? Can’t do product endorsement but I would usually buy the home-made ones and of course you get to try the tarts (regardless of where you buy from) before you decide whether to buy or not.
- Nian Gao (Glutinous Rice Cake)
Initially, I didn’t know what was Nian Gao and it was this big rounded chunk of brown rubbery cake that I didn’t find aesthetically appetising. It was only when I went to my eldest Auntie’s house during one of the CNY and she had prepared them in bite-size pieces, steamed and eaten with grated coconut. My mum also showed us that it could be pan fried with the egg mixture. Totally YUMMY! Best thing is Nian Gao can supposedly keep for 1-2 months.
- Teochew-style steamed pomfret
This is a must have in my family as it signifies, prosperity every year (nian nian you yu). The silver pomfret is steamed with preserved salted vegetables, lard and sour plums. YUMZ! The older folks always say there should be abundance during the new year so whilst keeping that in mind, my mum and aunties would always have a few of this fishes for the family gathering
- Yu Sheng 魚生
This is a Teochew-style raw fish salad. It usually consists of strips of raw fish mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces (plum is one of them) and some other “magical” ingredients that I can never figure out. It also symbolises of abundance and prosperity. The eating of Yu Sheng is also quite ritualistic whereby well wishes are said as various packs of condiments and sauces are poured onto the dish. My favorite is gold all over the floor 满地黄金 J
Photo Credit: Francisca Siow
- Soy Sauced Pork Leg
This is a timeless classic. Is it the soy sauce or the garlic? We can debate whole day but I am getting hungry. It’s a very tender and flavorful dish that goes well with white rice, or could even be served as a snack. For fans of gelatinous stuff, this is probably the dish!
There are actually a lot more food that I love but lets leave it as 5 due to “space” constraint. And on behalf of SNCF and the Campus & Youth team, we would like to take this opportunity to wish one and all Gong Xi Fai Cai恭喜发财
PS Do share with us as well by leaving a message on what is your favourite Lunar New Year food. Cheerio