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Fu Zhou (福州) Fish balls for Chinese New Year.

February 7, 2008

Before I begin, please allow me to assure you that fish balls are not the balls of fish (if they have any to begin with). It is simply fish meat rolled into a ball. My intercultural communications professor had mentioned that his friend was disturbed by the term while visiting Singapore. I thought I’d better clear any cloud in this area first.

My reunion dinner last night at my grandmother’s place wasn’t boring nor entirely interesting. The food was the highlight of it all. I am not a fan of fish balls but I always look forward to having Fu Zhou (福州) fish balls during this steamboat dinner. My aunt’s family owns Li Chuan Food Products, so we get a lot of fresh and free steamboat food from her. I’m so blessed. 

Traditionally, Fu Zhou fish balls is minced pork wrapped up in fish paste. My family enjoyed a Halal version which had minced chicken inside instead of pork. It was still delicious.

Here’s a Fu Zhou fish ball.

Here’s it again after I’ve sinked my teeth into it.

Mmmm all that flavour in the juice of this fish ball, a little taste of savoury heaven.

My first Chinese New Year reunion dinner.

February 5, 2008

During the Chinese New Year eve (or days leading up to the eve), family members get together for a reunion dinner celebration. This reunion dinner was a treat from my boyfriend’s family. The eight-course dinner was enjoyed at:

King Crab & Seafood 
Block 204, Serangoon Central

This “coffee-shop” style eatery is well known for its crab beehoon. Here’s a photo example of the dish, unfortunately not from King Crab & Seafood. Our dinner set did not include this dish but I remember it as being really delicious.

(Image taken from Eat Like Us food blog)

The first dish, as per tradition, was Yu Sheng (鱼生). Family members would use their chopsticks to mix this raw fish salad while reciting wishes for the new year. To ensure that we are “blessed every year” ( Nian Nian You Yu 年年有魚, literally meaning there is fish or leftover every year), some of the fish salad would be left on the plate unfinished. This dish was yummy.

Here’s the second to fifth dish (clockwise).
Sharksfin soup, Fried bean-curd skin with ginkgo nuts and vegetables, Deep fried prawns & a Spicy Thai Seafood Salad.

The sixth to eighth dish include Fried Chicken with Lemon Sauce, Orh-Ni (a warm yam dessert) & Mandarin Oranges. There’s also a photo of some lanterns sighted along the way back home.

If anyone knows the significance of these dishes do share them with me, I’m curious to know. Tomorrow’s another reunion dinner session, on the actual eve of Chinese New Year. Updates on that soon.
Here’s wishing all my fellow Chinese friends a happy and prosperous New Year! 🙂