Now that we’ve entered into 2008, the K-popped! Trio has decided to don their festive new clothes for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations, which fall on Feb 7 and 8.
Whoo hoo, we hope to usher in the Year of the Rat with loads of good friends, food, fortune, health and…er, ang pows (that’s Hokkien, or hong baos in Mandarin. They are red packets containing $$$ given by those who are married to children and those who aren’t hitched.)!
After being bundled up all winter, Rooster has put on her long-sleeved Chinese top and is ready for some yee sang action! Yee sang (that’s Cantonese or yusheng in Mandarin; simplified Chinese: 鱼生) is a Chinese-style raw fish salad.
Strips of raw fish, typically salmon, mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments are all mixed into the dish, which symbolises abundance, prosperity and vigour.
The main highlight in having yee sang is when family and friends gather to toss the dish or Lo Sang. Loved ones gather around the table and, on cue, proceed to toss the shredded ingredients into the air with chopsticks. It is believed that the higher you toss the ingredients the more prosperous you’ll be. Tee hee, someone, get me a ladder already :-P.
Meanwhile, Orchid is reliving her childhood by playing with
fire sparklers! Ah, this brings back many fond memories. It was always fun when the Trio got together to burn stuff play sparklers. We would burn dried mango leaves, write our names on cement, burn grass and ants etc. Orchid and Rooster, those we good times, no?
As for me, I’m trying to wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year the traditional way. Clasping my hands together and going…err, 안녕하세요? Hee hee hee…how do I wish one a Happy Chinese New Year in Korean, by the way?
To all our readers, thanks for dropping by K-popped! and please, help yourself to some of the Mandarin oranges and sweet delicacies laid out for you ;-).
*Lights the firecrackers on the far left of the masthead and runs away*
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