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New Year Festival

17 Feb

The festival was last Sunday and my whole family drove into the city to try to catch it. Since parking is normally insane on regular days, my parents didn’t actually get to see much since they had to stay in the car. We originally thought it was in Columbus Park but it turned out to be at Roosevelt Park on the other side of Chinatown. We were lucky because while walking there we bumped into lion dancing which was happening on Mott St. Usually all the lion dance troupes are running around Chinatown to visit storefronts and get lucky money in exchange for a performance. I love lion dancing; the loud drums and the colorful lions are always fun to watch. As a kid, I use to pretend to be a lion dancer with chairs and a big towel. Lion dancing actually requires a lot of training similar to Kung Fu to build the strength required and for the dance moves.

We finally made it to the festival in time to “see” the fire crackers. They went off way off schedule which worked on our favor since we were late. Unfortunately, it was so crowded that we couldn’t see anything but smoke and crowds. Good thing fire crackers are so loud!

Here are some pictures I managed to take on Mott St.
red lion

yellow lions

red firecrackers


To give you an idea of the crowds:

And here’s a short clip of a lion bringing luck to a restaurant. Click on the link to watch it larger on flickr.

Lion dance – Chinatown, NY
Originally uploaded by bluealue

Chinese New Year Eve Dinner

14 Feb

Some pics from dinner tonight. I hope everyone has a lucky new year! Year of the Tiger, which is the year I was born (1986) but I was born before new year day that year so I’m an Ox rather than a Tiger. Rawr.

The whole spread: (click to see tags)
dinner table

roast park
Roast pork with hoisin sauce.

Giant lobster. We had two of these guys.

ringo lobster
Ms. Ringo kitty sniffing da lobsta. I think she liked the smell, she later sneaked into the bag and licked it.

cheesy lobster
Lobster with cheese sauce cooking in wok (recipe from Rasa Malaysia). I stir-fried the lobster instead of deep frying it and used 3/4 cup cheddar cheese instead of American cheese. This dish was delicious melt in your mouth heaven. We’re going to save the leftover sauce to make pasta. A must try recipe, so easy and tasty!

shrimp chips
Homemade shrimp chips. We have these every year. They look like plastic discs (like this) before frying, it’s pretty awesome watching them puff up.

cereal milk
Lastly, we made some cereal milk (refer to Momofuku post), which was not that amazing. It just tasted like milk from frosted flakes. Good thing we didn’t buy it from Momofuku; perhaps having it as fro-yo would be more interesting.

bella eula
Happy New Year! Lucky fortune cat (aka Bella) wishes you a prosperous new year of the tiger!