Year of the Dragon – The Feast

Earlier I posted about the outfit I wore for Lunar New Year’s Eve, but I’m just now getting to the real New Year’s Eve story: the feast.

My husband and I joined several of our friends at his parents’ place for an absolutely amazing 12-course, all-day feast.

We started out with 4 courses of appetizers:

  • Gow Choi Gau Zi (shrimp and chives dumplings)
  • Lo bak go (daikon cake)
  • Trio appetizer platter: 5-spice beef, jellyfish, BBQ pork
  • Minced chicken in lettuce wrap
Clockwise from upper left: gow choi gau, lo bak go, trio appetizer platter, and minced chicken with lettuce wraps

Clockwise from upper left: gow choi gau, lo bak go, trio appetizer platter, and minced chicken with lettuce wraps

Then moved on to the main courses:

  • Dried scallop soup with chives and crab meat
  • Sautéed prawns and scallops in XO sauce
  • Beef and broccoli florets in oyster sauce
  • Stir-fried crab with green onions & ginger
  • Steamed whole fish
  • Pea sprouts in garlic sauce
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Clockwise from upper left: dried scallop soup with chives and crab meat, sautéed prawn and scallops in XO sauce, beef and broccoli florets in oyster sauce, and roasted crab with green onions & ginger

And finished up with 2 courses for dessert:

  • Don tats
  • Fortune cookies and orange slices
Fortune cookies and orange slices

Fortune cookies and orange slices

Keep reading for the recipes!
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Year of the Dragon – The Outfit

For Chinese New Year’s Eve, my husband and I went to his parents’ place, where several of our friends joined us for a holiday feast. (Photos and recipes available here!)

Chinese tradition holds that red and gold bring good luck and wealth. So, of course, any proper Chinese New Year outfit must incorporate those colors. I figured my “Fireworks of Love” dress by Trashy Diva, along with some gold accents & accessories, fit the bill perfectly!

The Dress:

Fireworks of Love Dress by Trashy Diva, via ModCloth

The Accessories:

Un-Teal the End of Time Bag, Magnes Sisters via ModCloth

Un-Teal the End of Time Bag, Magnes Sisters via ModCloth

Vintage (1980s?) Gold-Tone Bracelet

Vintage (1980s?) Gold-Tone Bracelet

Tippytoes Heels, Seychelles via ModCloth

Tippytoes Heels, Seychelles via ModCloth

Unsurprisingly, being January in the SF Bay area, it was raining. Luckily, I had a bit of blue sky with me. :)

Blue Skies Above Umbrella via ModCloth

Blue Skies Above Umbrella via ModCloth

And anyway, I’m not going to let a little rain get me down on a holiday! Especially a holiday that’s all about bright colors, good food, and being with friends and family. :)

So, do you celebrate the Lunar New Year? What are your fave New Year traditions?

Gung hay fat choy!

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Gung hay fat choy!

Dress: Fireworks of Love Dress, Trashy Diva via ModCloth
Cardigan: For Orchestra Blazer, Lush via ModCloth
Shoes: Tippytoes Heels, Seychelles via ModCloth
Purse: Un-Teal the End of Time bag, Magnes Sisters via ModCloth
Bracelet: vintage
Umbrella: Blue Skies Above Umbrella via ModCloth

Photos by Pat Zimmerman