Tuesday, January 31, 2012

CNY Reunion Dinner: Mushrooms Soup and Abalones

I delayed this post a little as I had just posted on steamboat a few posts ago; but I simply must share my series of CNY-related posts before the festive season ends (and before I go off on my break soon!:)

This year's reunion dinner is slightly different compared to the past years; as I celebrated with my in-laws (new family) at their place, and this will set a new trend for me for the future.
You can read about my thoughts about my first CNY with the in-laws here

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As usual, CNY reunion dinners are often graced by steamboat/hot pot (although when I was younger, we used to have cooked dishes served with rice).
Steamboat is almost everyone's favorite, easy to prepare and offers a wide variety of choices! (Think of all the stuffs you choose to put into the soup and eat in a few short minutes)

I was offering to help my mother-in-law with the food preparation only to find that she was extremely efficient and that she had prepared most of the stuffs days ahead. She told me that she needed no help and that everything is simple! Just like my mum :)

We had a small crowd for reunion dinner this year, as the other brothers-in-law were abroad and could not make it back for CNY, but still, as with most CNY dinners, we had a lot of food for a small group!
That's the thing with the Chinese community, they always prefer to serve MORE compared to less, particularly when it comes to celebrations.
Therefore, I can assure that you will never starve (instead you will be stuffed) when you walk out of a Chinese home after a meal (or several meals!)

The following are the side dishes added to the main; they were brought by hubby's aunt.

Lor Bak - a type of Hokkien dish which is made of seasoned minced meat rolled with fried bean curd sheets and deep fried and goes best with a good chili sauce.
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Roasted Chicken
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The stuffs for our steamboat:

A can of abalones! Yes, this was a gift from hubby's uncle based in Singapore!:)
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Abalone!
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I snapped a quick photo of it before mother-in-law sliced it, and she was laughing when I took the photo, "Have you not seen an abalone before?"
Erm, I have, I just felt it complete to share all the photos of the food on my blog, it's more of a blog thing :)

Abalone, mushrooms - those chewy types
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Lots of mushrooms and vegetables for the steamboat this round! I love these:)
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More mushrooms (enoki) and lettuce
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Assorted fishballs
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Tong Ho/Garland Chrysanthemum or Chop Suey Green
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Assorted seafood tofu
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My favorite: Sliced fresh garoupa fish
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These are only to placed into the soup using a sieve during the steamboat as it is often cooked instantly and does not taste good when it is overcooked.

The soup was pre-cooked using vegetable ingredients; such as mushrooms, jicama, carrots, etc and left overnight. It left a lingering aroma in the house which smelt really great!
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Table settings for dinner
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Love the ornate design of the pot used for the steamboat
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The best part about steamboat?
Throw everything in, and it is all cooked in an instant, and we can enjoy the food/eating in just a short while yet be enticed by the wide variety in the hot and boiling soup!
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The worst part about steamboat?
Overeating, definitely, but that's what happens with most festive seasons, anyway, right?

How was your CNY reunion dinner?
Was it a steamboat or a meal of several luxurious dishes?
Which one do you prefer?

16 comments:

  1. I love a good steamboat! Can I come for dinner next time too?

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  2. The InTolerant Chef, hehe, I will save you a place!:D

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  3. yummy steamboat..
    not so heaty...
    after so much of Bak Kwa and cookies....

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  4. Gong Xi Fa Cai! Just have time to visit you after Pai Tin Kong, hehehe . For a change , this year I also prepared steamboat for New Year Eve dinner, simple and yummy, furthermore my kids just love steamboat except my husband ^_^

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  5. This looks awesome..Yummy Recipe

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  6. What an interesting post filled with new ingredients to add to my must try list.
    Rita

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  7. Seems like you guys had a pretty awesome celebration feast!

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  8. Hi Christy--I'm glad you included a picture of the abalone--I've never seen one before! What a beautiful spread of fish, seafood, and vegetables for your steamboat feast. Looks like a lot of fun.

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  9. Simple Person, you hit the nail on its head!:) That's the part I love about steambat, and the variety, yummy :D

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  10. Sonia, Gong Xi Gong Xi too!:) It must be fun having steamboat, and I totally understand, there's always one person in the family who is not a fan of steamboat, somehow:p

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  11. Aarthi, thanks!:)

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  12. Rita, hehehe, they don't need much effort anyway! Just buy, throw them into the soup and eat:p

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  13. Joanne, oh believe me, we DID!:D

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  14. nancy, *squeals in glee* I am happy I did too:)
    It looks picture perfect!!:D
    We really enjoyed ourselves so much despite the small crowd, in fact, I am missing it already!;)

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  15. Happy New Year and I totally wish that I was sitting at the table with you~~! I totally can relate "overeating" part... it's so light and I end up eating way too much. I love abalone! We grill it and it's so good!

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