Happy New Year- Welcome to the year of Rabbit!

02 Feb

What?? Another New Year? Thought we just celebrated it not too long ago.

No, actually it’s Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) and this year will be the year of Rabbit.

Unlike Western new Year, Chinese New Year follows Lunar Calendar, which I am not quite familiar with it either. Just look at wiki for more info – I’m lazy in that way haha.

Anyway, Chinese has their own 12 Zodiac signs which will be rotated every 12 years. Chinese zodiac signs are different from Western ones. The signs are (in this order): Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

Ok enough with the blabbing, let’s move on to the fun part: PICTURES!

On Saturday, I had a lunch with one of my former colleague at Tasty Garden in Monterey Park.
I blogged a bit about Tasty Garden before at another location in Alhambra. Unlike that one, the Monterey Park one is bigger and has more stylish interior. And of course the food might be slightly more expensive.

I know I won’t be able to really stick to Primal while eating out (can’t control the sugar/soy sauce/hydrogenated veg oil etc) but I tried my best.

House Special chicken - I mainly finished this (without the sauce)

Beef rib dish - K ordered this and I had some bites

My friend ordered this and for sure this one was totally off limit. I only nibbled a bit on the walnuts.

I can't miss this one! One of my favorite appetizer dish. Gluten is not primal but I don't care. Besides I don't have GI issues w/ gluten. I already avoid it enough so just a day of small bites won't hurt.

I LOVED our table! It’s right next to the big window = natural lightning = gorgeous food pics! Good thing my friend was ok with me taking food pic without calling me a weirdo.
Went to in-law’s place for dinner and sis in law mentioned there was some kind of Chinese New Year celebration in Monterey Park and it was free so we swung by. Lots of pics ahead! 😀

cute hats!

Seriously? The place wasn't that big...

Some Chinese wisdom proverbs? I don't read Chinese..just guessing

lots of food stands

They were trying to sell the FILM SLR cameras

Ooooh kettle corn!! Smells so heavenly! Too bad I couldn't have it...always got sore throat after consuming those...too addicting!

cute chinese outfits!

those are for the dogs

this was the longest line- for the stinky tofu!

hmm maybe K might need this so I can finally ditch my earplugs?? LOL

raffle for free LCD TV

snacked on the last choco balls that I made a while back



Couldn't resist these!! Fruit tarts! - Limit myself only 1. Enough gluten & sugar in one

Taro cake anyone? I didn't have any.

Sunday I did lots of cooking but that’ll be a separate entry…it’ll be another recipe post 🙂

Btw on Tuesday we went to in-laws place again for dinner to celebrate Chinese New Year. The actual date is Feb 3, 2011 but according to K, in Teo Chow tradition (my in laws), they celebrate Chinese New Year 2 days before the actual day. That’s new to me. In my family, we celebrate it on the actual day. Some of my Buddhist relatives celebrate it on the New Year’s Eve because on the actual day, they are vegetarian.

We had HOT POT.

Plus other dishes beside it.

Crab meat / shark fin soup ? So good! I had 2 bowls of this

LOTS of food!

I love hot pot. Pretty much just dump whatever you want in the boiling soup. The soup base doesn’t really need any seasonings because after you boil all the veggies, meat etc, all flavor goes into the broth.

Mother-in-law made these Chinese White Sugar Cakes (白糖糕).

It’s mainly made from rice flour, white sugar, yeast and baking powder and steamed. I think she put some green food coloring or pandan extract to make them look green. The cake is not overly sweet, kinda chewy and has a slight sour taste due to the yeast fermentation. I’ve never made this cake before but that’s the idea.

For those who celebrate Chinese New Year: Xin Nian Guai Le!sorry for my bad Chinese Pi Yin

Do you like hot pot/shabu-shabu?

Have you had taro cake before?


Posted by on February 2, 2011 in food, review


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5 responses to “Happy New Year- Welcome to the year of Rabbit!

  1. Leashieloo

    February 3, 2011 at 6:50 am

    It looks like you had so much fun! The food, festivities, and the dressed up dogs(!) are enviable, I love those animal hats!

  2. lequan

    February 3, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Holy moly! That’s a lot of food, plus hot pot?! Hubby and I absolutely love hot pot. Whenever we make it at home, it always lasts us at least 2 to 3 days. Taro root cake is one of my favorite Chinese cakes. Chestnut is another favorite.

    My Dad’s side are Teochow. Do you speak it at all? I speak Cantonese more, but Teochow to my Dad’s side of the family. My kiddies only speak Cantonese and English though. So interesting what you find out about bloggers the more you keep reading eh?

    Happy Chinese New Year, Jos!

  3. squigglefloey

    February 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Aw happy CNY !!! I didn’t go home last wknd so I wasn’t in town for the festival…so thanks for the pics so at least I know what it looked like haha. I’m not sure I would have gone anyway — so busy with school! 🙂 hope you’re doing well!!!

    • Jos

      February 3, 2011 at 9:02 am

      You’re welcome! I heard they might have another one in Alhambra – not sure. Good luck with your school and happy chinese new year to you too 🙂


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