Browsing All posts tagged under »Chinese New Year«

Prawns in Oyster Sauce

March 29, 2013


The preparation of the new moon banquet was the defining experience of Spring Festival. For many moons KuKu had been dazzling family, customers and friends with the fruits of her wok. On New Years day she would spend all morning in the kitchen weaving her magic. I was more than happy to relive the apprentice […]

Conquering the Beast

March 19, 2013


Chinese New Year is popularly known as the Spring Festival because it starts from the beginning of spring (the first of the twenty-four terms in coordination with the changes of nature). Its origin is too old to be traced but several explanations are hanging around. All agree, however, that the word Nian, which in modern […]

The Water Snake Slithers In

February 10, 2013


As most of you are aware of, I am on my annual trip back to visit my family in Penang. Today we at the Pearl Kitchen ushered in the new year, and for the first time I am staying with both my KuKu and my parents under one roof. The dynamics of relationships that have […]

Show pony

September 5, 2012


I had come to think of myself as an ageing show pony on my trips home.

The lanterns

September 5, 2012


Déjà vu is a fated symptom of a life lived with such predictability, and cynicism the unfortunate malady of growing older through it. At each Chinese New Year festival, the lanterns and puppets may change from rat to dog to horse and so on, and new generations always reflect its millennial magic in their enchantment, but […]