By the light of the silvery moon…

Well, finally the Chinese New Year celebration is officially over, culminating with the celebration of Chap Goh Meh or Yuanxiao Jie/the Lantern Festival last night. Once again, we communed at my parents’ house for the dinner but this time, we chose not to have one of those packages from a local restaurant here anymore. For one thing, there was simply way too much food for just the five of us and other than that, the fare was not really that great.

Instead, my missus prepared a few dishes to bring over for the dinner. There was sweet and sour black pomfret (ikan bawal hitam) – the current market price is RM20.00 a kilogram. As Yan explained in her comment in an earlier post, “nien nien you yu” or “every year will have surplus or excess”, so we must have fish in the menu…

Chap Goh Mei dinner 1

We still had a bit of the ngor hiang (meat rolls) in the freezer,  left over from Chinese New Year – the ones that Bongkersz loved so much, so we fried that and brought it along too…

Chap Goh Mei dinner 2

We also prepared some salad…

Chap Goh Mei dinner 3

…and topped that with the special dressing that has been in my family for years…

Chap Goh Mei dinner 4

My mother obviously enjoyed eating the salad and had a lot of it. It must have been quite a while since she last had it as most of the time, on special occasions, we would just go and eat in one of the restaurants in town. She probably had pleasant memories of the time when she used to prepare that with the mother and sisters on special occasions like this one.

My missus also cooked a pot of clear fish maw soup that also went down well with everyone…

Chap Goh Mei dinner 5

…and there were also the chicken curry and the ayam masak merah (red-cooked chicken) from Chinese New Year.

Chap Goh Mei dinner 6

Chap Goh Mei dinner 7

I did not get to fry my mee sua (Foochow string/thread noodles) as I had intended though because my father said that he would be buying some Foochow fried noodles (Hock Chiew char mee) from the Y2K Restuarant here.

While we were at the restaurant to collect the noodles, I managed to take a few photographs of some of the things that had cropped up in some of your comments in one of my recent posts, like this one of a can of Sundrop Orange, formerly known as Green Spot and sold in bottles, on display in the shop window…

Sundrop Orange

…and these made-in-Sibu carbonated or aerated drinks, now available in plastic bottles…

Chuo Kian aerated drinks 1

These are from the Chuo Kian Aerated Drink factory which, if I’m not mistaken, is located somewhere along Upper Lanang Road/Jalan Bukit Lima, near Chung Hua Secondary School. But I remember that in my younger days, those from the Ngo Kian factory were more popular. Well, it looks like in keeping up with the times, they have rebranded their drinks – CK Delight…

Chuo Kian Aerated Drinks 2

…but of course, needless to say, they have nothing to do with CK as in Calvin Klein, not at all! LOL!!!

Anyway, to get back to the dinner, everyone ate to his or her heart’s content. It certainly was a good one, and I hope it was the same with yours too. So what did you all have for your Chap Goh Meh dinner?