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Dim Sum on New Year’s day has become somewhat of a tradition for my friends and I. Every year, like any normal rational beings, we would HAVE to pick the busiest day of the year in Chinatown to book a table for our annual dim sum feast. Most restaurants do not take reservations on Chinese New Year so we came there rather early to avoid the 2 hours long queue.
This year, we chose to go to Imperial China on Lisle Street. Seeing that we had a relatively large group, we managed to skip some of the queue to get a cozy table on the second floor. That picture of our table above only shows less than half of what we actually ordered! We got so busy tasting all these delicious dishes that I didn’t actually take many pictures. What’s really cool about going to dim sum with a large group is that you get to order and try so many things. My absolute favourite at Imperial China had to be the steamed pork buns. The dough was so soft and fluffy… It was like eating a cloud! The second best part was that when the bill arrives, and you realise that all that yummy food only costed around 15 pounds per person.
Meanwhile, in the streets people were gathering every 10 metres to watch troops of performers doing the Lion Dance in front of each restaurants. They were doing this thing where the lion would snatch a cabbage attached to the front door of a store or restaurant then “chew” the cabbage and eventually throw it back to the store owner. I’m guessing that it must have been a good luck ritual of some sort – maybe someone can enlighten me about this? Anyhow, that was such a fun day! I can’t wait until next time :)
!! HAPPY NEW YEAR !!
It’s crazy to think about it, but it’s been 8 years since I last had the chance to celebrate the Lunar New Year (“Tet”) at home. I miss the large gatherings at my grandparents’ house, where we’d all sit around and chat about anything and everything while filling up our stomachs with all the traditional New Year delicacies, like “banh trung” or “canh mang”. I miss those holidays spent with my cousins, when we’d just lounge around and gambled our time away through endless rounds of card games. I miss the Kumquat and Cherry Blossom trees, those precious lucky red envelopes ;), and even the never-ending days when we’d go and visit each and every one of our relative’s homes…
As cheesy as it sounds, Tet has always reminded me of a happy place and time in life, where all burdens are casted aside as we gather together to celebrate a new beginning, filled with hope and dreams. Whilst I’m still away for yet another year, I’m really grateful to have the chance to attend the Vietnamese Embassy’s New Year’s party to celebrate the arrival of the year of the Horse. This allowed me to experience how “home away from home” felt like… And of course, all the yummy food that came with it!
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!