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So my mom, brother, and sister was coming over for Chinese New Year. Being a dutiful member of the family, what better thing could I do other than to cook everyone a healthy and wholesome meal? Afterall I don’t want to end up going to McDonald’s or mamak store lest losing the sense of tradition on the eve of Chinese New Year, 2006.

Items in the menu: Herbal Chicken Soup, Steamed Tofu, and Fried Vegetable, to go with white rice.

Chinese New Year 2006 dinner, Herbal Chicken Soup
this stuff is healthy, foo!

Herbal Chicken Soup


  • half a chicken
  • a packet of herbs
  • a clove of garlic
  • salt to taste


  • cut chicken into pieces
  • boil water and herbs, with garlic for that extra aroma
  • boil chicken seperately till the water starts foaming
  • remove and rinse the chicken, add to the herbal soup
  • keep on low heat for a minimum of an hour or two
  • add salt before serving

Chinese New Year 2006 dinner, Fried Vegetable
green is good

Fried Vegetable (Choi Tam)


  • fresh vegetable, cut to managable size
  • salt to taste
  • garlic, diced
  • prawns


  • soak the prawn in salt water
  • saute the garlic in heated oil
  • add prawn and fry till it’s cooked
  • add vegetable and a dash of salt for taste
  • add 1/4 bowl of water and close the lid for a minute
  • ready to serve

Chinese New Year 2006 dinner, Steamed Tofu
tofu, best non-animal protien

Steamed Tofu


  • Japanese tofu
  • garlic, diced
  • ginger, diced
  • dark soya sauce, maggie flavoring


  • steam the tofu on a plate
  • fry the garlic and ginger on oil, add sauces to taste
  • add the fried garlic and ginger on top of tofu, continue to steam for another minute or two
  • ready to serve

Chinese New Year 2006 dinner, members of family
mom, sister, and brother, no one complains

See? All so simple. That was our reunion dinner. Add some cili padi in soya sauce for dipping, and we have a wholesome and healthy dinner to greet the Year of the Puppy. Good thing my younger sister and brother did the cleaning up. Best.

Btw, it’s also one year anniversary of this blog. First post was on 1st of Feb, 2005 – Ego + Shyness, and this one is the 181th post.. how time flies.


Discuss : KY cooks – CNY Reunion Dinner, Soup, Vege, and Tofu


  2. Looks yummy to me. You could have done steamboat also…

  3. looks yummy =)

  4. foodcrazee

    great ! Ur mum will really enjoy the makan. Anak masak woi ! BTW, dont lar put water in the romaine lettuce. Dont need lar.

    Nice job with the chicken.

  5. your mum must be damn proud of u dude.

    gong hei on the CNY and ur blog.


  7. Kiong Hee Huat Chai!!!! Looks so nice for the foods that you cook for the reunion dinner but the tofu a bit too oily eh… 😛

  8. wahh bugger, while cooking also got time for shots. happy cny bro.

  9. ShaolinTiger

    Update more is kthxbai!

  10. GXFC !

    # boil chicken seperately till the water starts foaming
    # remove and rinse the chicken, add to the herbal soup

    eh why need to do like that ah?

  11. looks nice n simple dinner xD
    kong hei fatt choi btw..

  12. dude…WHY?!?!

  13. […] It’s been the second year in the running that I get myself busy and cook the Chinese New Year reunion dinner for my family. It is quite a bit of work compared to pigging ourselves out at some fancy restaurant, but I don’t get many chances of cooking for the family, so why not? […]

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