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Happy lunar new year!

Lion dance at work

Last Friday marked the start of the Lunar New Year. Usually, I would be at home celebrating it with my family but this year, the Happy Gwailo and I had to skip the celebrations. I was feeling pretty homesick, especially when the familiar beat of the drums and clash of the cymbals rang out to accompany the lion dance at work.

Pineapple tarts and a peanut cookie

Knowing how I was feeling, my sweet hubby went out and got a bunch of traditional sweet treats for me. I came home to find peanut cookies and sesame cookies sitting on the counter to accompany the pineapple tarts from home that I’d been hoarding for months.

The lunar new year is as much about food as it is about family. One of our cherished traditions is to have a reunion dinner on the eve of the new year. The entire extended family gets together and enjoys an amazing meal including favorites like my grandmother’s stewed bamboo and the most succulent bbq pork in town. There are also always a selection of sweets and cookies to make the new year sweeter, and of course, mandarins for prosperity.

I was missing the feast, but the Happy Gwailo’s sweet gesture meant that I could at least enjoy a taste of home even though I couldn’t be at home.

IMG_2609 (2)The celebrations continued at the office today with a huge variety of cookies and sweets scattered across the table including some childhood favorites. Definitely feeling grateful for my extended work family.

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Sweet.

7 comments on “Happy lunar new year!

  1. Mabel Kwong
    February 19, 2018

    Very kind of the Happy Gwai Lo to bring back some treats for you! So thoughtful…but maybe it’s because he also wanted an excuse to enjoy those treats 🙂 I see there is some bak kwa. As a kid I ate those red slices a lot growing up in Malaysia. At that time I was very picky of eating the chicken ones…now I wouldn’t mind eating the pork ones either. Miss it. In Malaysia they cook it fresh in store. I have seen shops here in Australia selling them but I don’t know how fresh are they.

    Happy Lunar New Year!

    • Penne Cole
      February 20, 2018

      Happy new year, Mabel!

      The Happy Gwailo doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, so they are mostly for me 😛

      And yes, I love freshly-cooked bak kwa – I don’t care which meat it’s made of! The one in the picture was actually a vegetarian one made with soy. Not too bad, all things considered.

      • Mabel Kwong
        February 20, 2018

        Haha, the most of treats are for you 😀 Never knew there was vegetarian bak kwa. It sounds like it tastes okay. As a kid, my mum always only gave me one square piece to eat at one go. I could have easily eaten three or four 😀

      • Penne Cole
        February 21, 2018

        Oh totally. The more the merrier. But very ‘heaty’ 😛

      • Mabel Kwong
        February 21, 2018

        ‘Heaty’ is exactly the word I used as a kid to describe eating too much bak kwa and too much savoury and fried foods 😀

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  3. purawika
    March 2, 2018

    happy Lunar Year ☺️

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