I Love Chinese New Year Food – 9 Must Eat Food

Below are the most common Chinese New Year food and snacks. You can see them everywhere – your own home, relatives’ house, company pantry, heartland mall Pasar Malam, Chinatown, bakery shops, chinese/ non-chinese restaurant, cartshop etc. Some of my friends and their mothers have been busily making them before Chinese New Year, clearly seen in my instagram and Facebook feed. Without further ado, read on my below list to see if it matches your 9 Must Eat Chinese New Year food.

Chinese New Year Food Curated by The Friday Rejoicer

All pictures are from Instagram via Iconosquare.

1. Pineapple Tarts aka 黄梨挞,黄梨酥,ong lai tart

Come in different shapes. With a hex sign on top. Then also have an oval shape dough filled with pineapple jam filling. Can be mould into different shapes like roseburgerpineapple and sheep and many more.

Pineapple tart shapes

2. Love Letters aka 鸡蛋卷, kuih kapit, eggroll

They are made with a metal circular mould which is then rolled up or folded into a quadrant. Crispy and smell fragrant. I saw some special flavour with sprinkled sesame and seaweed.

Love Letters

3. Lohei aka 捞鱼生

Every ingredients has a auspicious meaning. See the before (get ready with plastic sheet to cover the table), process (shouting Huat ah! and scooping very very high) and aftermath (prepare for the mess) below.

Lohei

4. Bak Kwa aka 肉干, pork jerky

Can be very oily and hard. Sometime sandwich in breads as breakfast. A very heavy one.

5. Abalone

Most expensive of all. My family will buy a canned abalone to eat during our Chinese New Eve reunion dinner. Not as fancy as the photo. Most probably slice and cook together in an all-in-one steamboat style hotpot soup.

6. Mandarin Orange

Need to exchange 2 mandarin orange with the host of the house you are visiting.

7. Prawn Cracker 

I usually eat those store in big metal tin. Sometime eat with chili sauce.

8. 八宝盒

Ready made can be bought in most Fairprice NTUC. A octagon box containing 8 types of snacks. Mostly preserved prunes, nuts or assorted flavour. My family usually buy the type with prunes. Usually there are dried olive, red dates, sour plum and such for prunes. From my last few years experience, those without seed (lazy to spill the seeds) and taste sour (great for digestion and clearing the oily aftermath after a big meal) are the most popular. Another alternative is that you can buy plastic/ wooden container with 6 to 8 compartments. Then you can fill in with your favourite snacks like gummies, peanuts, chocolate and etc.

9. Hei Bi Hiam Roll aka Shrimp roll

Slightly spicy. As it is a deep fried food, it cannot be kept long. Or else it will have a bad “oily” smell. For some, Hei Bi Hiam cannot be eaten too much (like me), as they are very “poisonous” or in Chinese medicine term”毒”. They can cause mass breakouts and itchiness for me.

More Chinese New Year food like kueh lapis, sunflower seeds, pistachios, cashew nuts, chocolates, almond tarts, honey cornflakes, arrowhead chips, dumplings, sea cucumber, fat choy, pen cai dishes, and many more. Feel free to leave a comment to add into the list.

I Love Sheep! Baaaah x 2

I Love Sheep x 2 Curated by The Friday Rejoicer

Today is the second day (初二) of Chinese Lunar Calendar. Welcome to the zodiac year of Sheep! Continue from last last week of sheep art hunting, this week bring to you another 9 sheep inspired art.

  1. Chinese New Year Sheep Amigurumi
  2. BAAAAAHH O’CLOCK
  3. Handmade Black Sheep Pillow
  4. Irish x Kiwi wedding gift
  5. Little Sheep Charm
  6. Odd one out pattern by redrobin
  7. Kawaii Nerdy Sheep Stud Earrings
  8. Happy New Year sheep card
  9. Sheep Lamb Theme Baby Shower Guestbook Print

I Love Sheep! Baaaa!

I Love Sheep Curated by The Friday Rejoicer

2015 is the Year of the Sheep according to Chinese zodiac. You can see sheep ornaments and graphic around Lunar Chinese New Year especially in Asian countries and Chinatown areas. To celebrate Chinese New Year, I have compiled a list of sheep inspired crafts and graphics.

  1. Hand painted ceramics plate – wildflower sheep!
  2. The Sheep – illustration by Danielle Kruse
  3. Wooden Wooly Birthday Card
  4. Wooden Magnetic Needle Minders
  5. Wooly be my Valentine – free printable card
  6. Little Sheep Necklace
  7. Counting sheep – handstitched felt garland for children’s room nursery decor
  8. Jumping sheep by Crystalight16
  9. Happy New Year card

I Love Valentine Card!

I Love Valentine Card - 9 sweet card from Storenvy | The Friday Rejoicer

Last post was about Diy Valentine gift, today is all about ready-made Valentine Card. I have picked these pretty cards with funny message from Storenvy.

  1. I’m your biggest fan
  2. Love you to the moon
  3. Heart pieces
  4. You make my heart go boom
  5. I have so “mushroom” in my heart for you
  6. XOXO
  7. Will you be mine? Looks like you’re struck with me.
  8. I want to ride my bicycle with you
  9. Whale you be my valentine?

I Love Valentine – 6 Valentine Day Gift Ideas!

I Love Valentine! By The Friday RejoicerDo something for your special ones with below 6 ideas.

  1. Pack a valentine gift with a cute message, “You are one in a million!”
  2. Sew a Valentine card.
  3. Bake a strawberry cheesecake with this non-bake recipe.
  4. Make a heart brooch and put in a paper jar.
  5. Recycle old paper bag with Valentine theme wrapping paper to carry the gift of love.
  6. Surprise him or her with balloons.

If handicraft is not your pick, then read up my gift guide for gifting inspirations.