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Captain Picard. February 9 2013 04:33 PM

Happy Chinese New Year!
Happy Chinese New Year everyone! It is the year of the snake! So what are you going to do to celebrate?

rhubarbodendron February 9 2013 08:11 PM

Re: Happy Chinese New Year!
I'd like a serving of grilled snake but since in my country all serpents are protected species I'll spend the evening in chat with my friends instead :D

MacLeod February 9 2013 10:06 PM

Re: Happy Chinese New Year!
The question is how many snakes are on this board?

teacake February 9 2013 10:11 PM

Re: Happy Chinese New Year!
I've been to two Chinese New Years festivals, one of them yesterday and one at the end of January. We have 9 different festivals over a month in Melbourne, some for two days. You can see photos of some of the food on my blog, the Chinese New Year series just started LOL (two a day).

I have eaten so much papaya salad.. my god I could live on that stuff. I want to make it myself but I cannot find green papayas anywhere. Someone told me they get them in a particular market that I can't be bothered traveling to.

I had this fantastic drink yesterday I haven't seen before, it had some kind of pickled plum and jelly and some sort of seagrass in it, it was sweet and tart and salty, but all very understated, it was WONDERFUL. And I can't figure out what it was. There is something new at each Chinese New Year location. They block off a whole street from traffic and it's all food stalls.

Petted some snakes yesterday too. Watched some Dragon Dancing. Ate a ton of fried tentacles with chillie and some crab. Bought a New Years rice pudding from BreadTop which I buy several of every year because I love them. They are very dense and sticky, glutinous rice. I will take a photo later, they are very good with tea.

So basically I spend Chinese New Year eating.

Happy Year of the Snake!!

teacake February 10 2013 06:50 AM

Re: Happy Chinese New Year!
I am eating this Chinese New Year traditional glutinous rice pudding. It is delicious, I could eat one of these every day. Last year I bought coconut and taro ones but I think I like the plain ones best.

That is edible gold leaf on top.

rhubarbodendron February 10 2013 09:52 AM

Re: Happy Chinese New Year!
good idea :) I didn't have any in ages. There's a small Asian takeaway in my neighbourhood that also sells a very limited range of Asian ingredients and deep-frozen items. I recall having seen these puddings there.

Deranged Nasat February 10 2013 10:31 AM

Re: Happy Chinese New Year!
In parts of London they're having one of the biggest celebrations outside Asia, apparently. Lots of free food and performances, plus of course a parade. I wish I could be there, actually, but my grandmother is visiting so I have to stay home to receive her.

Happy new year to any Chinese posters or guests!

bbailey861 February 10 2013 05:48 PM

Re: Happy Chinese New Year!
Happy New Year. Sounds like a dumpling day today.

rhubarbodendron February 10 2013 09:06 PM

Re: Happy Chinese New Year!
恭贺新禧 :)

Gryffindorian February 10 2013 10:01 PM

Re: Happy Chinese New Year!
Xie Xie!

rhubarbodendron February 10 2013 10:12 PM

Re: Happy Chinese New Year!
不用客气 :) *bows*
(I'm afraid I read and write Mandarin much better than I speak it... I believe the pronounciation is byngkq)

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