Sunday, February 14, 2010
Chinese New Year 2010
Basically, CNY is the equivalent of Christmas. Actually, this might be the only time that you meet up with your relatives, whom you may not see for the rest of the year otherwise. I keep in touch with my mother´s side of the family but not my dad´s side. I think the last time I saw them must have been at my wedding - almost 4 years ago!
With more than 50 cousins on both sides of the family, I´m naturally closer to some cousins and not the others. My favourite cousin is one year older than me on my mother´s side of the family.
Yup, so what do you do when you miss home and don´t have any time to do any elaborate reunion dinners?
You improvise and try to drown out any homesickness by cooking good food. I decided to try out a new prawn recipe, cook my favourite black pepper crabs and stir-fry some Chinese broccoli.
10 big raw Prawns
A few drops of Sesame Oil
Fresh Ginger (sliced)
1 Thai Chilli (chopped)
2 Tbsp Sherry
1 1/2 Tbsp Cooking Oil
2 Tbsp Sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste
Spring Onions for garnishing
1. In a wok, heat up the sesame oil and fry the ginger till fragrant. Add in the thai chillis and then the prawns. You are almost dry roasting the prawns so keep stir-frying till they turn rosy.
2. Add in the sherry and mix well. Remove everything to a plate.
3. Lower the heat on the stove. In the same wok, heat up the cooking oil and stir in the sugar. It will dissolve in the oil and start to caramelise. Return the prawns to the wok. Stir well to coat the prawns in the sauce.
4. Add spring onions and stir-fry it for a min or two.
5. Squeeze the lemon / lime juice over the prawns. Add salt and pepper to taste, remove to a serving plate and serve hot.
Adapted from: www.beaulotus.blogspot.com
Here´s wishing all my Chinese friends a superb Chinese New Year 2010! May God bless and watch over you and your loved ones.