Dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve

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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

My father in law at work in the kitchen

 
A table of hand-made dinner on new year’s eve

A table of hand-made dinner on new year's eve

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

Jiaozi (dumpling)

 
A fried Mandarin fish with Soy Sauce

A fried Mandarin fish with Soy Sauce

 
Fried smoked fish

Fried smoked fish

 
Soy sauce eggs with soy sauce pork

Soy sauce eggs with soy sauce pork

 
Oily bean curd stuffed with meat and coupled with black fungus

Oily bean curd stuffed with meat and coupled with black fungus

 
Stir-Fried Shrimp with Garlic, scallion and soy Sauce

Stir-Fried Shrimp with Garlic, scallion and soy Sauce

 
Salted duck with soy sauces

Salted duck slices with soy sauces

 
Salted pig tripe, my favorite

Salted pig tripe

 
Chinese green vegetable with mushrooom and bamboo shoots

Chinese green vegetable with mushrooom and bamboo shoots

 
Stir-fried celery with lilies and ginkgo nuts

Stir-fried celery with lilies and ginkgo nuts

 
Dessert with ingredients including lotus seeds, dried longan

Dessert with ingredients including lotus seeds, dried longan

Babaofan (Eight-Treasure Rice), a sweet and sticky Chinese New Year rice

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