December 23, 2010

Tang Yuen

Yesterday was the Dongzhi Festival or Winter Solstice Festival. This festival is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese and other East Asians during the Dongzhi solar term on or around Dec 22nd when sunshine is weakest and daylight shortest. Traditionally, the Dongzhi Festival is also a time for the family to get together. One activity that occurs during these get together is the making and eating of Tang Yuen or balls of glutinous rice, which symbolize reunion. The festive food is also a reminder that we are now a year older and should behave better in the coming year. Even today, many Chinese around the world, especially the elderly, still insist that one is "a year older" right after the Dongzhi celebration instead of waiting for the Chinese New Year.

So many years in KL, I never had any reunion dinner during this festival but yesterday it was a great night to gather at Alex place for a dinner and Tang Yuen. Yeah now I’m one year older after eat the Tang Yuen which has been prepared by Aunty. Thanks so much to Aunty for preparing these delicious dishes and not to forget Jason and Alex for inviting. Oh yea, Shirley and Bill was there too... below are those delicious dishes I ate.

Sweet & Sour Prawn

Fried Fish w/Soy Sauce

Mixed Vege w Abalone


Hainan Steam Chicken

Original Tang Yuen

Hot Xmas Pudding w Ice Cream

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