Happy Chinese New Year! It is now officially 2018 – year of the dog in the lunar year calendar and I would like to say my new year wishes to everyone; May all your wishes come true and all the best in the coming up new year!
So just like the Christmas eve in the western culture, Chinese New Year eve is always huge among most of the Asian country. We will gather all our families around and have a huge, delicious meal together. However, for most of the international students like us, we couldn’t go back home and spend the time with our families, which is quite a shame😔 But thankfully! Me and my other coursemates from different part of the Asian country decided to held a course social night and invited everyone from our course to experience the Chinese New Year eve meal!
During the preparation of our Chinese New Year eve meal, we found out even though our culture and language is pretty similar, the traditional between different country is still different. In Taiwan, we always have some hot pot and traditional Taiwanese fried dishes for CNY meal; in Hong Kong, my coursemate prepared the radish rice cake which I still have them in Taiwan but just with different ingredients; in China, depends on the area they will have different traditional food such as either dumplings or hot pot to eat for their big gathering meal and in Brunei, they will have some stir fried egg noodles instead.
Considered that most of the people cannot eat spicy food really well, we made our hot pot into two different flavour, also we made some of our dumplings for vegetarian too! It took us one afternoon to get all the ingredient and another afternoon to cook, you can tell big meal is always effort but it really worth it! Thanks to one of my coursemates, he is a fantastic cook, to be honest I am just watching him cook and help him up with cutting and cleaning😂 But him food is so good, no wonder he has already have a restaurant in China👍
Look at all these food we have prepared!😋
We have prepared fried eggplant/aubergine, fried okra, pineapple sweet and sour fried pork, spicy mapo tofu, fried noodles, radish rice cake, dumplings and hot pot. See all my coursemates trying out all these different dishes is so interesting and let me realized the difference between culture once again. But I am really glad that they are all enjoying the food that we made, for no reason I do feel proud at the same time😂 Especially when they are asking what are the food, it is so funny that all these common food to us is a completely new world for them. But it is a challenge for me to describe all these Chinese dishes, I have tried my best😆
The meal and event finished successfully and I had a great unforgettable Chinese New Year too! Wish everyone can enjoy their holiday, see you around!