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Celebrate The Dragon Year With These Auspicious Recipes!

In the Chinese lunar calendar, each year is designated by one of the 12 Animals in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig, & 2012 is the Year of the Dragon!

A reunion dinner is held on New Year's Eve where members of the family gather for the celebration. The New Year's Eve dinner is often lavish & restaurants  name their food after auspicious themes such as "good fortune", "happiness", "wealth", "longevity" etc.

Here’s a round-up of my past recipes. You too, can whip up some yummy dishes, restaurant-style. Give it an auspicious name & you're ready to entertain your guests. How about starting with my Bountiful Gold Fish Salad (年年有余)? Click on the highlighted links to go to respective recipes. Have fun!

(Featured @ eRecipe.com, PtitChef & OMY-食天堂Eat)

CNY Ham & Cheese Tortilla Pinwheels
(Featured @ OMY-食天堂Eat)


Chinese New Year Caviar Delight
(Featured @ OMY-食天堂Eat)










Prosperity Pork with Pine Nuts (发财肉, 丰收连年)
(Featured @ OpenRice S'pore, eRecipe.com,
OMY-食天堂Eat & PtitChef)

Heavenly Pork Leg Bee Hoon for Chinese New Year
(Featured @ OpenRice S'pore & OMY-食天堂Eat)


Golden Bird’s Nest in Papaya (金玉满堂)
(Featured @ Facebook PtitChef & OMY-食天堂Eat)

Or, what about trying one of my latest creations: Egg Tofu Wreath With Dang Gui @ My Moment Of Glory In Singapore’s National Papers!

For Malaysians & Singaporeans, if you wanna know where’s a place to buy cheap seafood & CNY goodies at factory prices, check these out:

33 comments:

  1. they all look lovely..congrats


    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  2. Hi Shirley,

    Love all your recipes! Thanks for all the ideas for my CNY reunion dinner. Early Gong Xi Fa Cai to you!

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  3. Aarthi, thks for your lovely comments!

    Amy, hope I've answered your call with these mouth-watering dishes. If these aren't enough, take your pick from 'My Cooking'. Happy Cooking & thks for using my recipes.

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  4. OMG all look so beautiful! Maybe I should try with the fish first hehe

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  5. This was super nice.. Err,may you cook for me when I came to Singapore SIS?? Probably this year?? ha ha ha..

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  6. I love the presentation of first two dishes...so gonna show the recipe to my mum!! haha #successkid.jpg

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  7. Everything you have made is simply so tempting and yes, perfect for CNY. I am looking for my CNY reunion with my Chinese god family. Oh yes, I am also a dragon.

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  8. wow! Impressive momma Shirley!! I can't believe it! Is that all your masterpieces? *clap clap* * salute you till the max!

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  9. Charmaine, good idea since the fish doesn't require much cooking skill :)

    Aki, u coming to S'pore soon??

    Evelyn, that's awesome! Thks!

    Nava, no wonder. Tot u have some "Chinese blood" in u. Hahaha!

    Eunice, u're so cute! Thks for your kind words :)

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  10. Love the bountiful god fish salad. Looks good and coupled with the healthy ingredients, that is a winner with old and young. Gonna try making it for the CNY if i'm not stuck in last minute preps. Otherwise it will be a for fun dish on a weekend:D

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  11. A very happy new year to you dear...Roundup of the recipes is very nice...

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  12. missyblurkit, don't forget to send me a pix if u make this dish & I'll add the pix & your link to my slide & Facebook album :)

    Neha, thks & have a good day!

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  13. Congratulations on the feature Shirley! These dishes all look absolutely amazing. I am very much looking forward to the new year, after a few tough years for the Monkey...things are finally starting to look up in the dragon year :)

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  14. CAN I BORROW that red apron? haha! you look so lovely! red is my fav colour and it suits you well!:))

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  15. I'm not surprised at all you were featured, I was looking at the pictures thinking your food is beautiful enough to be ART! Really festive and lovely!

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  16. Bessie, thks & hope things will be brighter for u this year :)

    Charles, Thank God it's not pink! Lol! I remember u don't like pink. Hahaha!

    Ann, u're too kind! Thks & look fwd to more sharing :)

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  17. Great line up here, I especially like the pork dishes! Also congrats on the feature in the paper. Thanks for sharing these tasty links, now the issue I have is which one to make first!

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  18. Tina, thks & hope u'll try out some of the recipes here!

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  19. That magazine article was titled aptly -- you really DO make "pretty food," Shirley! It was a visual treat to see your creations on this gray, rainy morning. (Sorry I haven't been around much this past week -- just getting over a bad cold and couldn't think straight to post comments.) This was a day brightener, thanks!

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  20. wow so cool! I love that first one!! I'm excited for the year of the dragon! xx

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  21. Kimby, your comments always make a gloomy day seems much brighter. Speedy recovery, dear!

    Taj, may more install for u in 2012!

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  22. Hie Shirley! Wow..this is impressive..especially that first one..the 'gold fish' it looks so nicely decorated that if i am the one making it, i wont want to eat it..haha..too nice to eat..

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  23. Hong, hearing those sweet words make my heart melts. Hahaha! Thks! It means a lot :)

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  24. An incredible array of dishes! Congratulations and best wishes for 2012!

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  25. Shirley, what an interesting spread of Chinese New Year recipes! Loved all of them. Your blog is truly phenomenal!

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  26. Shirley, just posted a comment, but not sure if it went through. I loved all these wonderful dishes...these speak about how skilfil you are in your kitchen!! Looking forward to learning many things from you!!

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  27. Frank, thks & happy 2012 to u too!

    Purabi, thks for your kind words & I hope to learn from u too!

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  28. I was born in the Dragon year so technically 2012 is the year for dragons as they say it. Hoping the best for all though.
    Love Ash.

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  29. I'm a dragon, so this is definitely going to be my year :) Fabulous recipes!

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  30. wah hungry now especially with the dessert! lol :D

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  31. Ash, so u're another Dragon Lady! This is your year, sweetie!

    Natasha, so many dragons & I'm just a snake. Lol!

    KF, try out one of them yourself :)

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  32. wow.. very luxury decor on the food presentation. and i like it

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  33. Nikel, hahaha! Thks so much for your wonderful comments! It means a lot!

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