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Chinese New Year is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in Singapore. Almost everyone celebrates in one or more ways. Even our non-Chinese friends often take part by joining lo heis or partaking in the inevitable feasting. It also happens to be one of the most stressful festivals. There are so many rituals, from mastering all the essential Chinese New Year recipes to making sure you’ve bought all the auspicious steamboat ingredients. How do you make sure you have a meaningful Chinese New Year, while having plenty of fun along the way?
We thought we’d ask some of our Giant shoppers to get ideas on how they celebrate Chinese New Year. Inspired by what they shared, we’ve put together an ultimate guide for celebrating Chinese New Year 2019 in Singapore.
“Eat more lorh”.
That’s the quip we got from a shopper when we asked her about her Chinese New Year plans. “Every New Year is like that one.”
Her response was typical of most of the shoppers we spoke to at the Giant Hypermart in Suntec City. Nearly all the 22 shoppers we straw polled talked about the New Year food they looked forward to indulging in. Not surprising for a nation that counts eating as one of its national hobbies.
We were interested to find out what New Year foods were particularly popular. Here are the top three most popular Chinese New Year snacks, starting with the most popular:
Snacks aside, another popular food item that kept being mentioned again and again was steamboat. Steamboat was voted the second most popular Chinese New Year activity among the shoppers we spoke to (the most popular is the hongbao exchange).
Even non-Singaporeans love steamboat, too. Chedia from France loves it so much that she organises steamboat at her place every Chinese New Year. It’s good communal fun, and healthy to boot, she explained. “All the money in the world is not important if you’re not healthy”, said Chedia.
Now that we’ve established the three most popular Chinese New Year snacks among our polled shoppers and discovered their most awaited CNY activity, let’s proceed to useful food prepping tips that would surely help everyone celebrate this big event in a fun and healthy way.
Onward to the guide!
Most people buy readymade traditional Chinese New Year snacks and candies to serve during the festivities. Unfortunately, those tend to be full of undesirable preservatives and have high fat and calorie content.
Why not make them yourself at home? Aside from giving your snacks and candies a homemade touch that your guests will appreciate, you can control the sugar and fat levels. Check out our blog post for some ideas on guilt-free Chinese New Year snacks that you can prepare at home.
When it comes to the top three favourites—Bak Kwa, Pineapple Tarts, and Love Letters—no healthy alternatives can beat the taste of the traditionally prepared ones. But we’ve managed to find three healthy alternatives (less than 250 calories per serving) that you and your loved ones will still enjoy. Here are 3 recipes:
1. Honey Grilled Chicken Bak Kwa
Makes: 12 servings | Preparation time: Approx. 30 minutes | One serving contains: 60 calories
The meat mixture:
The basting sauce:
Store inside an airtight container in the refrigerator.
2. Candied Pineapple Chunks
Makes: 20 servings | Preparation time: Approx. 1 hour & 15 minutes | One serving contains: 105 calories
Store in an airtight container.
3. Love letters
Makes: 33 servings | Preparation time: 30 minutes | One serving contains: 210 calories for four pieces
The great thing about steamboats is that you can use any soup base or ingredients you want.
When it comes to soup bases, we’ve got you covered! Over at our blog post on all things steamboat, we’ve got recipes for popular soup bases like Chicken soup, Miso, and even Bak Kut Teh.
Taken from our comprehensive guide on how to prepare the reunion dinner, here is a list of key ingredients and their symbolisms for reference. These can be cooked in your pot of steamboat soup, or served on the side:
|Black mushroom||Make all your wishes come true|
|Sea moss, bok choy, and pineapple||Prosperity|
|Whole fish (including head and tail)||Abundance. It’s important that some of the fish is left over, so there is enough abundance to go on for the whole year.|
|Leafy greens, long grain rice, peaches, peanuts, and noodles||Longevity. It’s especially important that the noodles aren’t cut; that’s tantamount to cutting a long life short|
|Shrimp||Happiness and good fortune|
|Oysters||Promote success in business|
|Red dates||Success in all endeavours|
|Red Pomegranates||More Children|
|Tangerines/anything red cooked||Good luck|
|A sweet end to the meal||So you can enjoy a sweet life next year!|
Finally, don’t forget to prepare some sauces to accompany your food! We suggest having a station of ingredients where everyone can concoct their own unique dipping sauces. You can include:
When it comes to a successful the steamboat dinner, having the right ingredients is just half the battle.
You need to make sure you’ve got the right equipment, too. Missing an item may cause awkward straining, double-dipping, or melted equipment. Be on the safe side and make sure you have these steamboat equipment and utensils ready:
You’ll also require a separate pot (or a kettle) to keep extra broth for replenishing, and plenty of plates and bowls for each of the steamboat ingredients.
What to wear
One of the best things about Chinese New Year is getting to dress up a little and wear new clothes. It is believed that wearing new clothes from head to toe symbolises a new start and fresh hopes. Since the first few days of the New Year sets the tone for the rest of the year, everyone makes effort to dress well.
Red, the lucky colour, is the obvious choice. You can be more creative than that, though, and still exude festive vibes! Here are some ideas for looking your Chinese New Year best:
Hongbao etiquette you should know
The number one activity most of our shoppers looked forward to each Chinese New Year is giving/receiving hongbaos. We’re guessing those shoppers who enjoy this the most are the ones on the receiving end!
Chinese New Year is a time for showing appreciation and gratitude to our loved ones, usually in the form of hongbaos filled with money. But remember: even the most generous sums of money mean little if you display bad etiquette when giving or receiving hongbaos. Here are some rules that you should remember:
A couple of themes kept cropping up in our conversations with shoppers about how they plan to celebrate Chinese New Year in 2019.
Health is one. Chinese New Year may be a good excuse to indulge in traditional goodies, but many shoppers (particularly ladies) were still conscious about staying healthy. Community is something else that is close to the hearts of shoppers. Many of them profess a love for steamboat, a communal eating activity. They also look forward to visiting and receiving guests, and the hongbao ritual that is an essential part of these visits.
Hence, we were sure to include healthy foods, as well as community-focused activities, in our ultimate guide to Chinese New Year. We hope you found it useful! Check out Chinese New Year recipes for easy traditional Chinese New Year Recipes for a special 2019.
Gong Xi Fa Cai!