Thursday, January 19, 2012

Chinese New Year 2011 and 2012 - Mom

It was 2 days before 2011 Chinese New Year, my mom was diagnosed with cerebral bone spur (very painful symtoms) and was temporarily bedridden. She has already bought all the ingredients to cook for our family reunion dinner. I know that this dinner is very important to her and she would very much like our family to enjoy her cooking. Although I can whip up the same dishes, my cooking is not up to her standard. The only dish that she managed to prepare was the lobak (Five spice meat roll). Anyway, I have to take over her kitchen and cooked up the festival dish below.


Clockwise from the top : Lobak, Curry Chicken, Fried Mix Vegetable, Tau Eu Bak (Dark soya sauce Pork Belly), Pork Stomach soup, lobak again, Accar (Nyonya Spicy Sweet Mix Salad) and Jiu Hu Char (Fried Turnips with Dry Squid strips, Not in photo). My mom says the dishes are ok but I think my Accar was a little lack of flavours.....got to work on the recipe! LOL!


Pre Reunion Dinner Meal - Tau Cheo Fish for mom to eat with rice......


Pre Reunion Dinner Meal - Crispy Butter Cereal chiken for the children.


Morning breakfast- My signature Fried Mee (Yellow Noodles)......


My sister has already bought all the ingredients to cook Penang Assam Laksa, so we cooked it on the 1st Day of New Year....yum yum!


Year after year, ever since my mom married my dad, she never fails to pay respect to our ancestors in the form of food offering. Last year was the only year she was not able to do so. My dad, wife, kids and me took over her role and set up this simple altar in the house. I want my kids to remember their ancestors, pay respect to them and also learn about Chinese Tradition.
You can see my youngest son doing his lion dance routine while we were busy praying. LOL! Look at all his toys that he left at my dad's house in the box next to our old fridge. My mom's wheelchair is next to the fridge.....my son would push it near to my mom's bed everynight. He will also place the walking stick next to my mom at night before going to bed. Never ask him why he did that...........

I was very busy the last six months and didn't blog much because I was getting my house ready to bring my mom and dad to stay with me, so that they can have proper home cooked meal and care. My mom has been caring and cooking for my siblings and me for far too many years. I guess it is time for us to do the reverse. In my house, most of the time my kids would be around to accompany them too.

For this year (2012) Chinese New Year Celebration, mom told me that she and my sister had bought some of the ingredients from the wet market. I was still wondering how she managed to go there, walking so slowly with her walking stick???
Anyway, I have prepared some of the dishes upfront and would be bringing them back home!

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR
 CHERISH EVERY MOMENT YOU SPENT WITH YOUR LOVED ONES DURING THIS FESTIVE SEASON!

24 comments:

Small Kucing said...

Gong Xi Fatt Chai to you. Indeed your son is a filial son . Like father like son :)

Annie Q said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai and Happy New Year to you and your family!! May you have a great chinese new year.

yvonne said...

Happy Chinese New Year, Pete!

My mom cooks some of the above dishes mentioned and I would help her with lobak. "Patin" soup (black-black color chicken herbal soup) is a must and we usually buy acar from her friend. On the eve, we normally have popiah :D

Hayley said...

Those dishes look yummy la! Salute~

Happy Chinese New Year to you and family! Huat ar~~

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Your mom has been well train you to become a good cook, all dishes you prepared look so yummy especially the Loh Bak! Wishing you and your family a Happy Lunar New Year, Gong Xi Gong Xo, Huat Ah!

[SK] said...

and now you those things she has been doing are so a lot and quite impossible huh?? hope she is getting well soon.. :)

Jeannie said...

Want to wish you a very happy Chinese New Year....Gong Xi Fa Cai! you are a very good son indeed, taking care of your parents in their old age, I hope my sons will do the same when they grew up!

Food For Tots said...

You're such a great cook! How I wish I can whip up all the dishes like you! Yeah, it's important for us and our children to learn and practice about filial piety. Hope your mother will recover soon! Gong Xi Fatt Chai to you and your family! ;)

Christine said...

Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family Pete! It's wonderful how you keep the traditions going and that you are taking care of your parents so well. Those food pics are a celebration in themselves! Wow.

suituapui said...

So early, already had your reunion dinner kah? Qong Xi Fa Cai to you and your family...

Somewhere in Singapore said...

Happy Lunar New Year to you and your family!!!

Sheoh Yan said...

It is very good of you to take good care of your parents. Mom is always the gem at home. I have no worry in you, Pete. You sure can cook up a storm this CNY. Happy Lunar New Year to you and your family.

Caroline Ng May Ling said...

auww.. well Gong Xi Fatt Chai to u n family! ;)

Bananazஇ said...

Yummy food ho chak. GongXiFaCai to you & family. HUAT AHHHHHHHHH

Xjion89 said...

long time din visit!
A very touching post!



Happy Chinese New Year (^^)
Have A Great Dragon Year (^^)

アンゼエリン said...

Salute ur mum.. I love the fish dish...Pete here wishing u n ur family a very prosperous Chinese new year.

yummylittlecooks said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai to you & your family....^^

lena said...

gong xi fa cai! sorry to hear about your mom's condition..wow, looking at the dishes here, you are superb, man! and a very good son!

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

Sorry to hear about your mom but Happy New Year bro.

Umihoney said...

Happy New Year to you Peter. A heart warming article indeed. You have a good soul my friend.
God bless you and your family.

Umi

Wilson@PlacesAndFoods.com said...

Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai!!

Bananazஇ said...

Happy Birthday Bro today its 人日rénrì CNY Day VII.

suituapui said...

Such a filial son. May God bless you abundantly...

Dmarie said...

wow, those dishes look gorgeous! hope your mom is 100% soon!

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