大年初一

For the family, first day of lunar new year typically starts off with a sweet breakfast of fried 年糕 nian gao (sticky cake fritters made with glutinous rice and brown sugar). Filled with auspicious meanings, eating 年糕 is believed to symbolize 歩歩高升 ("raising oneself higher with each step" or making steady progress)!

 

Another family favourite is Chap Chye (stewed assortment of vegetables, mushrooms and dried beancurd). This goes really well with steamed rice.

I've always thought of this dish as interesting. Leftover fish, prawns, ngoh hiang (deep-fried roll stuffed with pork, waterchestnuts and prawns) and vegetables are mixed together and wok-fried to heat it all up. The dish therefore comes filled with many distinct flavours, all nicely blended together in a ketchup-based gravy.

团员饭

A timeless tradition. Kicking off our reunion dinner with home-made lo hei ("Prosperity Toss" Raw Fish Salad or 鱼生). Always a fun affair, shredded ingredients are tossed high into the air whilst auspicious well-wishes are shouted out loud for a good year ahead.

A delicacy reserved for special occasions. We tuck in to decadent Roasted Suckling Pig from Peony Jade Restaurant, before dinner proper.

Lunar new year; let the feasting begin.

Bangkok: A Camera Phone Perspective

Simply because Bangkok loves Blackberry and certainly Blackberry does rather good justice to the colours of Bangkok too, here's a quickie on some of the sights + sounds of our trip.

Nang Loeng market on Nakhon Sawan Road, a stone's throw from our lodging at Loog Choob, is a undisbuted gem in itself. More than a century old, the place is a notable haven for ol'skool sights and morning meals sold by generations after generations of hawkers. Almost everyone who comes to Nang Loeng seems to have a favourite food item or seller whom they go to. Come lunch time, Nang Loeng gets all hustling and bustling with the local office crowd. Chow worth going back for include Curry Rice with Chinese Sausage, Roast Pork, Duck Noodles, Catfish Salad and Beef Noodles. Check out the old cinema too, and the rows of old shophouses selling provisions and knick-knacks.

While at Central World, we popped by iberry for some sugar-goodness. Honeyed Thick Toast with Ice Cream!

The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre left us amazed. Art surrounds the vicinity even before we set foot into the venue. We caught the Survival Project; an exhibition done in collaboration with Design for Disasters (D4D) network that serves also as a discussion channel to deal with the city's recent flooding.

Street food is quintessentially the backbone of Bangkok's vitality; something we really love. Hit the streets of Thong Lo (lane 19) for really good roast pork + char siew noodles or grab some grilled corn from Wang Lang market.

Morning Chiangmai

Mornings at Chiangmai are good. We get our bodies warmed up in the cool weather by popping over next door to Good Morning Chiangmai, a sister shop of our lodging place at Gord Chiangmai.

Ahhh. Life.

Views from Gord.

From the window at Gord.

Serving mainly American breakfast, we had a break on some days and went to the local market to have our breakfast fix!