For most Chinese people, the dinner on Chinese new year’s eve is the most important one in a year, which is nicknamed “Family Reunion Dinner”. People either eat at home or dine out for a family reunion dinner.
Home made a new year eve’s dinner generates more affection while booking a table at a restautant keeps you from heavy workload for cooking new year eve’s dinner at home. There are pros and cons to the two ways to spend a new year’eve dinner.
Each year my father in law insists in making the special new year eve’s dinner at home instead of reserving a space at a restaurant. Usually it takes over one week’e time to prepare for the dinner, buying, cleaning, cooking and etc.
The 2012 Chinese new year eve’s dinner falls on Jan 22, 2012. My father in law again offers us a hand-made dinner, too big for four of us. Let me show you some of the food on the new year’s eve dinner.
My father in law at work in the kitchen
Babaofan (Eight-Treasure Rice), a sweet and sticky Chinese New Year rice with ingredients including sweet beans, dates, ,almonds, peanuts, melon seeds, raisins, dried apricots, walnuts, crystallized fruits, any other available dried fruits and nuts, like Ice pudding in the west.
Jiaozi (dumpling), a must for a new year’s eve dinner, especially in the northern China
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