The Chinese New Year dinner (on the eve of February 3rd) is like the Christmas or Thanksgiving of holidays for Chinese. I celebrated that tonight with my boyfriend’s family because his dad’s half are of Chinese origin (but grew up in Malaysia).
If I had to sum up the evening quickly, I’d mention a LOT of good food and a lot of these little red packets:
Pretty aren’t they? And they just kept coming and coming and coming, which is good… because they are all full of MONEY! Ok, Chinese New Year, you just got even better.
Pat’s family is pretty huge, so we had 3 full tables of people and food enjoying the evening at The Oriental in North Sydney, a place that my boyfriend claims is the best Asian food in Sydney.
“Kung hei fat choy” is repeated over and over.
And we ate so much food! We ended the evening with some awesome little toffee apples which are actually brought out to the table hot and then dunked in ice water before being served. The toffee outside becomes crispy while the inside is soft, warm and mushy. Yum.
Where would the night be without a classic little fortune cookie? You have to choose your own, or else your fortune won’t be right. This is mine:
I like, especially the spelling errors.
All in all, good evening, and I’m looking forward to more in the future.