Like last year, my 2012 Chinese New Year was spent back in my hometown Penang where my family got to enjoy another round of good Chinese New Year Home Cooked Meal dished out by my mother. It was slightly different this time around as my mum had Janice to help her this year, twice the cook, twice the flavour. Check out what we had, and tell me why I shouldn't head home every chance I get.
|#1 Sambal Prawns|
|#2 Fried Prawn Fritters with Taiwan Sausages|
This Sambal Prawns dish was new to us, introduced by Janice, and together with Mother, out came this really tasty dish. The Sambal was home made too, spread onto the prawns like butter, which enhances the flavour threefold. Now I love Taiwan Sausages, and it came together with lots of Fried Prawn Fritters which really satisfied my craving for these sausages.
|#3 "Ju Hu Char" or Stir Fried Cuttlefish with Vegetables|
The staple dish of every Chinese New Year would be my Mother's "Ju Hu Char", where generous amounts of cuttlefish was thrown in with pieces of meat, mushroom and assorted vegetables to make a wonderful partially vegetable dish. Taken with Sambal, it certainly meets our expectations of the "must have" Chinese New Year dish.
|#4 "Loh Bak" Spiced Meat|
|#5 Meat Balls|
|#6 Wine Chicken|
Up next was the meat dishes in the form of "Loh Bak", Meat Balls and another new dish to us, the Wine Chicken dish. With chopped up chicken being doused in wine and lightly stir fried with ginger, I must say the taste certainly gave a strong "kick" to my tastebuds.
|#7 Assam Fish with Fish Balls Soup|
The Assam Fish dish was a rather rare dish to pop up on our Chinese New Year menu, but it did come up this year, and it was good. Cooked nyonya style, with various types of herbs or leaves inside, just smelling this dish gave me an appetite of a horse, or more appropriately, the appetite of a dragon this year.
|#8 Razor Clams with Brocolli|
Razor Clams with Brocolli, the name itself sounded really exotic to me as I haven't really tried this dishbefore. The taste was a mix of chicken and oyster, with a rubbery texture. Taken together with broccoli, I was contented this year. It was a really good meal at home, and I must say, the tag team of Janice and my Mother works really well and is reflected in the food. I can't wait for my next trip back to Penang.
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