New Year Lunch with the extended family

Today I visited grandma for New Year’s, and to wish our new aunt-in-law a very happy new year. :) The weather is so lovely today too. At first mom wanted to go to the zoo to visit the baby panda, but it’s already 2:30pm and the zoo closes at around 6pm, so we’re probably going to watch a movie in theatres later (maybe “Jack Reacher: Shadow Recruit”).

Happy Chinese New Year from my family to yours. :)

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Happy Chinese New Year!

Today is Chinese New Year’s Eve, and I went to Nanmen Market to do some holiday shopping and had a relaxing start to my 6 day holiday. It was quite festive in Taipei, with many people burning paper money, lots of activity in the temples, and red lanterns hanging from the trees. However, Taipei feels quite deserted during CNY because everyone went down South, where a lot of people are from. Most people in Taipei are only here for work, but their real homes are in other cities.

Also, it is a tradition for wives to go back to their parents’ homes the day after CNY. That is because according to Chinese tradition, daughters who marry end up living with their husbands’ families, which is often far away from their parents. The only time they will get to see their parents and relatives is during CNY. The tradition still exists, even though many wives see their parents multiple times a year. :)

Another tradition is that on the eve of Chinese New Year, relatives gather around the dinner table and enjoy family dinner with immediate and extended family. We didn’t have a fancy dinner though, and it was just with immediate family (mom, dad, sister, me). We’re going to visit grandma tomorrow and say Happy New Year to grandma, uncle, and my new aunt-in-law! (Yep, my uncle got married last Saturday! Congrats to the happy couple~)

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

It’s the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival today, and it’s the first time I’m spending it with family in 10+ years. I’m spending the day at my grandma’s place over lunch and moon cake.

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Yum! Grandma prepared all my favourites.

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These moon cakes are from CF! :) They’re really delicious. I like them better than the traditional HK-style moon cakes.

In Taiwan, people celebrate this festival by having moon cake, pomelo (Chinese Yuzu) fruit, and BBQ. They also look at the full moon. Unfortunately because of the typhoon, we won’t be able to see the moon tonight. I’m planning to BBQ tomorrow though! Going to enjoy the four day long weekend before going back to the grind on Monday.

Wishing everyone a happy Chinese Mid-autumn (moon) Festival!

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Dai Tung Chinese Restaurant

I am craving dim sum again.. The last one I went to is Dai Tung Chinese Restaurant on Kingsway. The place was crowded when I got there so I was pretty excited. Since there were so many people, this restaurant was bound to have something good about it.

I liked how they used pushcarts to wheel the food around. A lot of restaurants don’t use pushcarts anymore, for fear that food would not be fresh. However at this restaurant, that is certainly not a problem. The turnover for food is very fast!

Overall the service here was pretty good for a large busy restaurant such as Dai Tung. There was a large variety of different dim sum’s and I would definitely come back again. Inexpensive and delicious!

Let’s look at the food:

Panfried dumplings

I didn’t have any of this dumpling. The next time I looked, it was all gone. But I think there was meat and chives inside.

蝦腸粉

This one is my favorite dim sum~ Sorry for not giving the English name for it.. Mainly because it’s so hard to translate a lot of these dishes into English. This is basically shrimp wrapped around glutinous rice flour, with sweet soy sauce poured over it.

Cow Tendons

Yes, it might sound disgusting to eat cow tendons for some of you out there, but it tastes really good! Apparently it’s good for the skin? Keeps your skin nice and bouncy. :)

叉燒酥

This delicious dish is made up of a flaky pastry exterior and a sweet meat interior.

Chicken Feet

My mom’s favorite!

Shanghai Style Steamed Buns

Shanghai style steamed buns: Very thin skin filled with flavourful meat and hot soup, with vinegar to dip! It’s not the best Shanghai steamed buns, but it’s what you’ll expect from a Chinese restaurant that doesn’t specialize in Shanghai style food.

涼拌鴨掌

This dish is duck feet. It’s a cold dish and it’s more like an appetizer. This one was also very good! The duck feet were nice and chewy.

Shrimp Dumplings

Yum~ Another winner!

叉燒包

Another classic dim sum dish. Fluffy and soft exterior made from rice flour and sweet meat inside.

Mango Pudding

Dessert time! I was looking for steamed cake but I didn’t see any.

Salad Spring Rolls

A spring roll shell filled with mayonnaise and shrimp. It was a bit too oily for my taste. In general, I don’t really like spring rolls that much. It was nice to try something new though!
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