Here we are again, back in our warm nest in the City of Rain-Taiping. Every year (except last year) we will be returning to our home in Taiping to celebrate Chinese New Year with my father-in-law and this year is of course no exception. We couldn't make it for last year's Chinese New Year because little Jasmine was too "little" (3 months old) to travel and back then both Jasmine and her brother-Jordan, were sick. That is why this year's Chinese New Year is extra special.
No Chinese New Year is complete without family reunion dinner and in Taiping, they have always preferred to have steamboat. That was what we had for our family reunion. Hotpot with lots of food to savour. Since there were 7 of us including little Jordan and little Jasmine, the broth for our hotpot cannot be spicy so that all of us could enjoy it. This steamboat is also very special because it is little Jasmine's very first CNY reunion dinner with her Ah Gong and Ah Ma. Ha :D Did she enjoy her dinner? You bet.
Let's see what we will be having in the boat!
So what did we have? I think (I am not too sure) we enjoyed 10 different meats: prawns, chicken, pork, pork's livers, crab meatball, different types of fish balls, just to name a few. There were also 5 different vegetables to make our dinner look and feel a bit more balanced and healthy. LOL :D Started our feeding frenzy at around 7:30p.m. and I think we needed at least 4 rounds to finish up most of the food on the table. Yours truly me helped myself to 5 (or maybe 6 ) servings. Now look at my waist... T_T
How about little Jordan and little Jasmine? Both of them, of course, enjoyed their food very much especially when they were being treated like prince and princess by both their grandparents. Jordan sat beside Ah Gong and received special treatment from Ah Gong throughout the dinner-being fed like non-stop. Ha :D Likewise Jasmine couldn't get enough of her fish ball from mommy. It is really a happy reunion dinner for all of us.
You have been a good girl too right? :)
My father-in-law was of course, very delighted to see both his healthy little grandbabies sitting beside him enjoying our family reunion dinner. Both little Jordan and little Jasmine are happy to see their Ah Gong as well, even though they have not seen each other for almost half a year. He was beaming with smiles all the time with his grandkids by his side. I would too if I were their grandfather. After all it is not always that we get to gather to enjoy our meals. Moment like this is very important! :)
All of us enjoyed our steamboat dinner and our bloated tummies said it all. It is important that Chinese New Year reunion dinners are enjoyed to the max, so that it signifies a bountiful and prosperous year ahead for everyone. Haha :D Until we meet again for next year's Chinese New Year.
For our remembrance.
For our remembrance.