Chinese New Year Steamboat Reunion Dinner

Chinese New Year 2012 is upon us, this time it's the year of the dragon, and what better way to kick off the new year than with some fiery tomyam steamboat dinner. That was exactly what we had for our family's reunion dinner the night before Chinese New Year. Due to some turn of events, my family decided to have our reunion dinner with my in-laws this year and it was pretty good.

Chinese New Year Steamboat Reunion Dinner
Our simple Tomyam Steamboat

Now, the Tomyam Steamboat that we had that evening was really spicy, though I'm not sure exactly what paste was put in. According to Janice, the Tomyam paste was bought from Thailand. Towards the end of the dinner, most of us were already scrambling for some cold water to quench the fire. 

Chinese New Year Steamboat Reunion Dinner
Happy Family Group Shot

So there we were taking in so much seafood, meat and various mushrooms until I felt my stomach would explode. The thing about homemade steamboat dinner was that we could customize our own ingredients, and customize we did. I personally preferred meat, hence most of the meat ingredients ended up in my stomach. Check out what we had for our reunion dinner.

Chinese New Year Steamboat Reunion Dinner
We had lots of these..
Chinese New Year Steamboat Reunion Dinner
.. and these..
Chinese New Year Steamboat Reunion Dinner
Not forgetting these ..

The Tomyam Steamboat was good, and towards the end of the session, the soup had absorbed most of the flavor from the prawns, fish and meat and tasted even better than when we started. Reunion dinners are a time for fellowship, to sit together in one big table and just enjoy a good dinner. 

Chinese New Year Steamboat Reunion Dinner
Reunion Dinner With The Family

It was my first year having my reunion dinner with my in-laws, and after that night, I know it wouldn't be the last. Good times indeed, and with family, it makes everything doubly better! Gong Xi Fa Cai and Happy Chinese New Year to all!


Small Kucing said...

Gong Xi Fatt Chai.... wow...very spicy looking...

[SK] said...

haha, I think many ppl choose to do steamboat for CNY ya?? our family has been doing steamboat for reunion dinner since more than 10 years ago.. and it's consecutive few days of steamboat to clear stock!! haha..

suituapui said...

I think I will have steamboat for Chap Goh Meh...but so susah - my parents and sister allergic to most seafood...and my parents always complain about meat being too tough. I think we'll have minced meat balls and fish slices...and lots of veg.

HouHouSek said...

xD i also choose steamboat

Simple Person said...

steamboat is easy..
I had it on my 3rd day of CNY

toninkush said...

gong hei fatt choi, man. ang pao na lai

Nikel Khor said...

HoHo.. ANgpow?

Meitzeu said...

I know some of them having steamboat for reunion dinner, but,... I never tried this for the past years CNY eve.

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Caroline said...

nice one! it always great to get to have reunion dinner with the entire family! Gong Xi Fa Cai to u n family! :D

Anne Lee said...

double the 'huat ar'. Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family.

choi yen said...

I had Pun Choy + STeamboat for my reunion dinner :)

Gong Xi Fa Cai!