Way too much…

To say that my missus went overboard with her cooking would be an understatement. I do feel she cooked way too much of each dish and way too many dishes. I guess that arises from the fact that she has fixed recipes for HUGE servings for her family and she had a BIG family to cook for. I would be quite lost if  I were to cook so much at one go but not her! And she does not scrimp on the ingredients, unlike me, so of course, every dish was so very nice.

We were not celebrating this year but her niece, the one working in Singapore, would come home for the festive season and like what we would do every year, we would ask her and her parents to come over to our house to enjoy her aunt’s specials. This would be the least we could do to reciprocate for all the dinner treats every time she was back here in the course of the year and other than that, she would cart home a whole lot of things to give to us. This time around, among a whole lot of other things, she gave us a Philips air fryer! Oh dear!!! I’m not too sure ancient dinosaurs like us would know how to use it. LOL!!!

Usually, my other brother-in-law in Bintulu would come back for Chinese New Year too and we would get him and his family to join us for the dinner as well but this year, they decided to give it a miss because of the horrendous condition of the inter-town trunk road owing to the construction of the Pan-Borneo Highway…so there would be vacant seats at my 8-seater dinner table, big enough for 10 or maybe even 12 though that may be quite a tight squeeze.

I wanted to invite Karan who is back all the way from India – he cut my hair that day for Chinese New Year (for free) but he had his own commitments but Peter and Andy could make it – they invited us to dinner on New Year’s Day that evening.

We had the salad…

Salad

…the one that I forgot to take a photo of the night before before the dressing was poured all over it and this was the chicken curry…

Curry

…that we had a bit of for our reunion dinner and there was the kacang ma chicken as well – Peter enjoyed it so much while Andy loved the curry even though they have their own versions of the dishes at their café.

My photo of the satay beef came out blur and I did not take one of the masak hitam beef that somebody gave to my sister-in-law and she gave it to us, a whole lot of it. We had the meatballs…

Meatballs

…again minus the sweet and sour sauce this time but these had prawn added and were good enough on their own. We did not have any in the ones the previous night as my sister is allergic to those crustaceans.

I bought this siew yoke (roast pork)…

Siew yoke

…from one of our favourte places in town, all lean plus the skin and I think it was not so nice because it did not have any fat, none at all so the meat was kind of dry and hard.

Of course, there had to be fish so I steamed another kim chio

Fish

…but it did not seem all that popular. I guess it came across as kind of mild and unexciting and paled in comparison with all the stronger tasting dishes in the spread.

My missus also had this dish of fried broccoli and shitake mushrooms…

Broccoli mushroom

…which did not seem all that popular either mainly because there was just simply too much to eat, I think…and she also cooked some yellow rice to go with everything – I did not take a photograph of that either.

Personally, I enjoyed the stewed too kha (pork leg)…

Too kha

…the most, eaten with the sambal belacan that I prepared specially for this.

Oh no!!! My missus forgot the prawns! My niece loves those – I guess we will have to get her to come back again for another dinner before she goes back to Singapore.