I was in Kuala Lumpur on the 2nd day of CNY and took this picture at Mid-Valley Megamall. All the malls are beautifully decorated during this time of the year and naturally, the auspicious colour is red.
'Hoi Lin' literally means 'Open year', which means welcoming the New Year. Traditionally, most people will observe a vegetarian diet on the first day, so 2nd day, 'Hoi Lin', it's 'hoi jai' meaning they can have meat, seafood, etc. I also remember that my mum used to tell us that those days, daughters-in-law will only return to their parents' home to celebrate CNY after the 'Hoi Lin' lunch. I had a sumptuous dinner with my siblings and what can we Chinese think of at family gatherings ....... obvioulsy, food and more food!
First dish on the menu was 'Yee Sang' which is a must for CNY ....... 'Sang, sang mang, mang' meaning healthy, lively and active.
Tossing the 'Yee Sang' ....... the higher the better, for prosperity, luck, health, wealth, career advancement, whatever good wishes you can think of!
Shark's fin with shredded crabmeat. Tastes lovely with a slight tinge of balsamic vinegar and some pickled green chillies!
Roast duck ..... mmm the skin was just beautiful, crispy and not oily.
Stir-fried prawns with light soya sauce and sugar, another yummy but artery clogging dish!
Gosh, this Garoupa was big, steamed just right to taste. Texture was chewy and of course the best part was the cheeks!
Rice ~ the staple food of the Chinese. This is waxed meat rice .... with sausages, liver sausages and waxed duck. This is delicious and not too heavy because it's not glutinous rice, just plain rice.
Dessert ...... barley with lotus seeds, red dates and some ginseng roots, not overly sweet and with a slight tinge of bitterness because of the ginseng.
The servings were quite big, it's even enough to serve 12 persons! The whole package with rice, tea and 5% Govt. tax came to RM522.90.
Venue : Hong Kee Tim Sum Restaurant
106 Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught
Cheras 56000, Kuala Lumpur