February 15, 2015

Pussy Willow : Chinese New Year Flowers

the Pussy Willow grows well in Spring in China and is a favourite blossom for the Chinese who like it because each branch of the plant has many blosooms The sign of growth is auspicious for the Chinese who love plants which symbolizes prosperity.

The branches are bought in the wet market. But nowadays the plant can even be bought already potted and ready to bloom in south East Asia!!

In the Chinese homes, the branches are decorated with gold and red ornaments. Red ribbons are often tied on the branches to signify happiness.

Pussy Willows truly makes CNY atmosphere very different . It is like bringing Spring into our homes.

Wishing all of you a Blessed Lunar New Year!!

January 14, 2015

Sibu Tales : Pig's Stomach Soup

In Sibu, most butchers would have only a few pig stomachs for sale. And usually a discerning housewife would book the pig stomach/s way ahead of the day she needs the item.

Pig stomachs are usually purchased for the preparation of a good tonic soup for the elderly or for the new mother still in confinement. Any man or woman who is losing appetite would also be given a pig stomach tonic soup.

There are several recipes for the Foochow pig stomach

1. Chicken feet and pig stomach soup - boiled for more than 3 hours to help a person to regain strength and allay the coldness in his body.

2. Black chicken and pig stomach soup - plain cooked with just a bit of fresh young ginger. This will help the new mother to regain her strength after 9 months of carrying a baby to full term.

3. Kampong chicken sewned up in a pig stomach, steamed with some gingseng. This will help an elderly person regain his weight and appetite.

In most restaurants pig stomach soup is a popular menu. Most men would like to order the soup. It is nourishing, healthy and delicious especially when a lot of pepper is added.

This is one easy dish most Foochow families can prepare any day of the year.