Chinese New Year/Valentine's Day/8888

My husband bought these flowers for Chinese New Year. This year is special as it coincides with Valentine's Day.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Chinese New Year Menu:

Breakfast menu:

Sweet dessert (Lok Mei) Yummy Sunday
Boiled this dessert for 2 hours. Added rock sugar for sweetness. We started the new year with a sweet drink so that the year would be sweet throughout.

Lunch Menu:

1. Herbal Soup (Pak Chan)
Boiled this soup with chicken for 2 hours. Very nutritious.

2. Wonton
Love-shaped dish for Valentine's Day!

3. Steamed fish
fish, yu, represents riches or abundance. May your wishes come true!

Dinner menu:

1. Spicy Non-fried noodles

Noodles are a symbol of longevity.

2. Lemon Fried Chicken (prepared by my children)

Prepared the lemon sauce (corn flour, water, sugar and lime juice)

coated the deboned chicken with wheat flour

fried the chicken

poured the lemon sauce onto the chicken

ready to be served!

Last but not least:
An auspicious day for my blog!

Why is the number 8 considered lucky in the minds of Chinese people. The main reason has to do with the pronunciation of the word for the number 8 in China. It is pronounced "ba" and sounds like the word for prosperity which is pronounced "fa". Another reason why the number 8 could be considered lucky is because it is a perfect symmetrical shape. You can cut the number 8 in half vertically or horizontally, and both halves mirror themselves perfectly. Perfect symmetry lends itself to perfect balance. In Chinese Astrology, perfect balance is considered the ideal.

The word for 'eight' (八: bā) sounds similar to the word which means 'prosper' or 'wealth'.

Hereby, I wish all of you prosperity throughout the year!


  1. Lovely flowers and a nice menu. Happy Chinese New years and Happy Valentines Day!

  2. Wenn: Happy New Year and Valentines Day, your celebration is really a feast.

  3. Happy Chinese New Year 8888!!
    Great menue and flowers!
    Betty xx

  4. Very interesting post..
    Flowers and a menue..I am invited too??
    Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Valentines Day!
    - Cheers Gisela.

  5. sweet of your hubs. :)

  6. Also from Germany, best wishes to you and your Family...
    Servus and have a nice day

  7. 祝你虎年身体健康,事业更上一层楼!

  8. Oh wow, you made my mouth water, Wenn! Happy Valentine's day, girl! Happy 8888! Mwa!

  9. fatt fatt fatt to you and your family :)

  10. wah...wenn... very happy new year ah.. got valentine flowers some more.. and a 8888 in yr pc! what a grand opening to this new year!

  11. Gong Xi Fa Cai and Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family.

    Happy Belated Valentine's Day to you. :)

    Wah! You cooked so many food, somemore got dessert. Yummy!! What a great start for the first day of chinese new year.

  12. Lovely meals ! now I'm getting hungry after looking at the photos. It's the long weekend and the sons decided to vegetate at home, and I have to do all the cooking for them!

  13. Happy CNY and Happy Valentine's day!

  14. Beautiful flowers! Have a lovely holiday and week :)

  15. I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

  16. What a sumptuous meal!

    Happy New Year!

  17. Happy CNY! much food! :)

  18. I hope you had a Happy Chinese New Year and Valentine's day. The flowers are beautiful and the food looks delicious.

  19. how interesting to see these wonderful dishes I never saw before. Love the hart shaped food dish. Happy Chinese New Year!

  20. Wow, lovely flowers and nice dishes to start the new year. :)

  21. You are making us hungry! Lovely flowers and lovely blog!
    Darryl and Ruth

  22. Wow! Your hubby so romantic one! Haha!

    8888? I like number 8! But instead of so many 8s, I prefer 4848! Haha!

  23. wow...such romantic hubby :D.

    Got flowers, got nice dinner and got "ong" number. This year sure to be a prosperous year for you :D

    Gong Xi Fatt Chai!

  24. Thanks for the info. Now i know 8 is lucky number.

  25. Your meals sound wonderful and would taste just as good. But they do take a long time to cook.

  26. Seems luck is on my side this year.


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