Our day will come…

Well, the day we were all waiting for has finally come…and we’re in the midst of the festivities and celebration at this point in time.

I dropped by a bakery round the corner from my house to get these…

Ong lai

…since we did not make any pineapple tarts (and nobody gave me any) this year.

Actually, I like these a lot – and I like the fact that they’re in the form of gold nuggets which would symbolise prosperity and they come in those little red cups and red, to the Chinese, is the colour of good fortune. Other than that, pineapple is called ong lai in Hokkien, ong meaning good luck and lai meaning come.  I know there are people who will display a pineapple somewhere in the house but not me – I would not bother to go to that extent in the hope that good luck will come my way. Incidentally, since I was stopping by to get some for me, I got two tubs for my friend, Huai Bin, too. I hope he likes them as well.

My missus did the cooking on the eve of Chinese New Year while I did the cleaning – all the mopping, sweeping and vacuuming and also the arranging of the furniture, the laying of the carpets, the decoration and all that…

Living room

…but it certainly was worth the effort as nothing beats sitting back at the end of it all to enjoy looking at one’s work and having the satisfaction of seeing that it has been pretty well done…

Dining area

That afternoon, Huai Bin dropped by my house to give me these…

From Huai Bin

They’re some kind of firecrackers that you can light like a match. Actually, I’ve not tried them out yet…and being quite a noob at these things, I wonder if I can manage. Hehehehehe!!!!!

We had our reunion dinner early. There must be fish as they say nien nien yew yu which means “an abundant harvest every year” so we had fish…

Fish

…and these ngor hiang/lor bak or golden meat rolls seem to be a must at every Chinese New Year Eve reunion dinner as well…

Ngor hiang

My missus cooked duck for my daughter and me…

Duck

– she did not touch that as she does not like duck. That is why we seldom have that at home during ordinary days.

In line with our kampung theme for our open house this year, my missus cooked this ayam pansuh – chicken cooked in bamboo…

Pansuh

We tried a bit and everyone loved it very much.

Other than that, we had this golden pumpkin with sweet vegetable (cangkuk manis) dish…

Golden & sweet

…fried with sambal udang kering (dried prawns) which in a way was in keeping with the emphasis on gold (good fortune) and sweetness (joy) for the festive season. There were others but we did not bother serving them as we could not possibly eat so much – you may get to see them some of my posts that are yet to come.

I did light a couple of those small firecrackers that I had, solely to preserve the tradition and culture, unlike my neighbours who went all the way…

Firecrackers 1

…to welcome the new year with a bang…

Firecrackers 2

So how have things been going at your end? Having a great time and eating like there’s no tomorrow? No worries – after all, it only comes once a year!