Happy Lunar New Year

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Gung Hei Fat Choy! (It means “Best wishes and Congratulations! Have a prosperous and good year!”) πŸ™‚ My health finally got better on the first day of Chinese New Year, yay! πŸ˜€ Thank you all for being extra sweet and nice to send me all the speedy recovery messages! You guys are definitely my homie and love muahzZz >3< Here I am wishing you a Happy Lunar New Year whether you are Chinese or not!Β May the bold Chinese New Year firecracker scare away the bad luck and welcome the good luck all through the year! πŸ˜›

When I was a kid, I didn’t really like celebrating Chinese New Year. I needed to visit some relatives I rarely see and they loved to pitch my chubby cheeks before giving me red pockets. 😦 However, it’s a completely different story after becoming an adult. I got to appreciate every single tradition we have during this festive and colorful festival. It’s a tradition to put beautiful flowers as a part of decorations at home during Chinese New Year. I love to make a guess on what the orchids look like each Chinese New Year before we receive it from one of the most famous gardener in Hong Kong. He is as generous as usual sending us a gigantic and super gorgeous orchids this year. It instantly delights my entire house once we places it in our living room. ❀ It is so uplifting to look at its vibrant colors and I hope it uplifts you all as well. πŸ˜‰

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After from looking at the beautiful orchids, we eat glutinous rice balls on the first day of Chinese New Year (meaning to have harmony and unity within our family). There are many different fillings we can choose, but I like black sesame and peanut butter flavours the most. I usually have one with black sesame fillings and two glutinous rice balls with peanut butter fillings. It seriously tastes delicious!!! Do you want to have some? πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

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Eating glutinous rice balls is just the beginning, we have various snacks for visitors to eat (showing you some here…obviously we do munch them also lol :P). I love eating prawn crackers made by my sister-in-law’s mother, but better eat in moderation (just don’t want have sore throat and gain so much weight…Actually, I don’t want to be fat like a ball and roll round lol πŸ˜€ ).

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Speaking of Chinese New Year, how can I not mention what signify this festival the most – red pockets :D. Who doesn’t love them? Extra money goes straight to your pockets πŸ˜€

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Whether you celebrate this festive or not, I hope you feel the festive spirits from my post. May peace and love fill your heart, beauty fill your world, and contentment and joy fill your days! πŸ™‚

With love,

xoxoxo Khloe ❀

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66 thoughts on “Happy Lunar New Year

    1. I’m so happy to be back finally!!! Missing you all so much! It’s so lovely to talk to you here again! πŸ˜‰ Full of happiness to you Sheldon! πŸ™‚ Thank you for all your support xoxoxox Khloe πŸ™‚

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    1. Aww thank you so much! It’s so sweet of you!!! πŸ˜‰ Yes, I’m eating a lot actually πŸ˜› Wish I could share some of the traditional food we eat during Chinese New Year! πŸ˜› Sending you some virtual snacks through my blog lol πŸ˜€

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  1. A lovely colourful and happy post for your comeback to your blog, Khloe.: It all sounds so beautiful – all that colourful and scrummy-looking food. And those red cards are a fascinating idea. I’m so glad you’re much better now. Thank you for the interesting post, and take care. πŸ™‚

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    1. You’re more than welcome sweetie πŸ™‚ It’s my pleasure to share our traditions during Chinese New Year and glad you enjoyed reading! Very chuffed to know you find it interesting and find out how much you like the colours of this post! πŸ˜‰ It seriously made the first day of Chinese New Year even more special!!! πŸ˜€

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  2. Happy New year to you Sweety !!! Loved the tantalizing treats,alas,once again out of reach πŸ˜€ Are those rice balls in some syrup ? Have any recipe for those round fluffy things ? The snacks are exactly what we eat here too !!!! I mean not a bit difference πŸ™‚ I love them….
    Bright color red pockets,hope you had lots of them but then it does seem you found a handsome booty πŸ˜€ I hadn’t seen an orange tree,to pluck and eat as you wish must be nice πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the beautiful wishes and may your world stay blessed forever ❀

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    1. You’re more than welcome sweetie Ady ❀ and thank you for your wonderful wishes!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Glad you enjoyed this post! πŸ˜‰ Yes, we added some sugars and a small piece of ginger mixed it with a large pot of water and boil them together to make a thin syrup for the glutinous rice balls. Those round fluffy things are prawn crackers. I don't know how to make them since they were made by my sister-in-law's mother. As far as I know, she bought the raw form of prawn crackers from the store and deep fried them. Viola it's done πŸ˜€ I don't how to make them from scratch πŸ˜› What are those round fluffy things called in India? hahaha thank you! Hopefully, I'll get lots of them…no handsome booty lol πŸ˜› They look like oranges, but they are actually Calamondin…I did take a close-up of them so I guess it made them look like oranges πŸ˜›

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      1. How do you make the rice balls ? prawn crackers ! We make them from all-purpose flour,pure-veg recipe…..
        The round fried items with colorful edges ,I have no definite name,we call it Fryms(Fry me ? πŸ˜‰ )

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      2. Add 2 cups glutinous rice flour, 1 tbsp oil
        and about 1 cup water, and mix them well to make the dough, then take a small amount of the dough and use your hands to flatten it. Then put peanut butter or black sesame paste bought from store and put it in the middle of the flatten dough, and use your hands to wrap the dough around the fillings and roll them like a small balls…Finally, put the rice balls into hot boiling sweet soup (you may call it syrup that I mentioned earlier) for a few minutes….All done! πŸ˜€ However, our family is pretty lazy…we usually buy the frozen rice balls and put them into hot boiling sweet soup then done πŸ˜€

        hahaha Fryms (fry me)…Please don’t fry me lol πŸ˜›

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      3. lol ! I won’t I promise πŸ˜‰

        Thanks for the recipe !!! Sounds simple so I can try it too πŸ˜€ Peanut butter I use but would love to try black sesame paste,may be I might find it in mall,will check it out πŸ™‚

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      4. haha thank you for not frying me πŸ˜›

        Yea, it’s very simple to make πŸ™‚ Just try the one with black sesame paste…It does taste good…Let me know whether you like it or not once you try it out πŸ™‚

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    1. hahaha we do love those crackers, but they are not traditional snacks for Chinese New Year. My sister-in-law’s parents do eat such snacks for Chinese New Year. Her mum is Vietnamese born Chinese and her dad is Indonesian born Chinese. We got the prawn crackers from them πŸ˜› They are incredibly yummy…I can hardly leave my hands on them lol πŸ˜€ Yes tang yuen is yummy for sure…Have you had some during Chinese New Year?

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  3. Happy Chinese New Year to u Khloe! We usually will have the sweet rice balls on CNY Eve but I’m was at JC’s uncle’s engagement party so I missed it. 😦 This year CNY falls on weekday and CNY is not a public holiday in Australia so we all still have to back to work 😦 Anyway, will show u my CNY post soon hehe ;P Once again, Happy Chinese New Year and wishing u a goat year with endless good luck pouring in, prosperity in everything. ;D

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    1. Happy Chinese New Year sweetie! ❀ Well received all your incredible wishes with many many thanks!!! πŸ˜‰ Don't worry about it! You can still have sweet rice balls anytime of the year you want πŸ˜› I can't wait for your CNY post and I'm sure it will be amazing!!! Enjoy CNY with your man and family! ❀

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  4. 新年快乐!Great shots Khloe, it is nice to see these as I spent my CNY in the States and did not get any of these traditional scenes during my holiday πŸ™‚ Wish you a great Year of the Goat!

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    1. 新年快樂! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your sweet comment and your wishes! πŸ˜‰ Glad you like seeing these tradition scenes from my photos πŸ™‚ Although you can’t see them in the US, I guess the virtual is still better than nothing πŸ˜€ All the best to you! ❀

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      1. Very true, sometimes virtual has to do πŸ™‚ It was nice, though, that I had a nice break from work as China was shut down for a week so got to head out hiking and taking in the sunshine (Seattle actually had some great weather over the holidays so not too bad!).

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    1. hahaha Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days and almost everyday of CNY has a different meaning πŸ˜› We usually celebrate the western one 1st of Jan each year and CNY, so 2 new years for us πŸ˜€ It’s good to celebrate πŸ˜‰

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