Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner


Chinese New Year is a little like Thanksgiving where there’s celebration, massive feasting, visits and family feuds about what their Jan said about our Shawn, or in this case, what their Pok Chwee said about our Ah Gu. And this, the celebrations not the feuds, goes on for days.

This year it’s my turn to host Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner. I decided to take the easy route and do Shabu-Shabu. This way I get no complaints about my cooking. 😛

Shabu-Shabu is one of the easiest things to prepare. Basically, you just need to have find the proper Hondashi Konbudashi stock which is supposed to be sold in easy to use packets. Of course, being born under a bad sign, none could be found, so I had to roll my own seaweed stock.


Which was actually the easiest stock I’ve ever done. It consisted of cleaning the kelp with a damp cloth, soaking it in water for 30 minutes and finally heating everything to just before boiling point and finally take everything out.

Bung in a few shaky tablespoons of Sake and Yata! You’ve got shabu-shabu soup.

What Lies Beneath

The not-so-easy part for me was the portions; there have been times when I’ve had to skip meals because I didn’t have money, so I’ve developed a fear of not being able to feed my family. So, I think I went a little overboard in ordering the meats.

Basically, I ordered beef (I considered Wagyu, but I went for quantity instead), Berkshire pork belly and lamb rump. Total of 4Kg worth of meats.

Of which, I now have about half leftover in the fridge. But that’s ok because I am enjoying cheesesteak sandwiches.


Posted on 2nd Feb 2009 in Dinner Book, Food and Drink, Japanese


There Are 11 Comments


dead_cockroach commented on February 2, 2009 at 8:22 am

No pictures of the complete setup?


Mooji commented on February 2, 2009 at 1:03 pm

gee, were the meats from Huber?


TTC commented on February 2, 2009 at 4:49 pm

I think the complete set up is in the pictures, maybe not the completed set up. 😀 😀


umami commented on February 3, 2009 at 12:03 am

I love your trolley, it’s a really good idea. Where did you get it from?


Evan commented on February 3, 2009 at 4:04 pm

hey ivan, do you facebook? can i add you? 😀


ivan commented on February 7, 2009 at 1:17 am

@dead_cockroach: TTC is right, that’s the whole set-up (well, I didn’t take photos of the Yusheng, but that’s about it). 🙂


ivan commented on February 9, 2009 at 10:29 am

@Mooji: Well, I got the meats from The Swiss Butchery which was started by Huber. I find his new outlet smaller than I like and the queue at the shared cashier too slow.


ivan commented on February 9, 2009 at 10:32 am

@umami: Thanks! My flat’s a little small, so any extra table top is welcome. I assembled the trolley from Ikea and I find myself humming that famous Corningware tune (“From the kitchen…”) every time I use it.


ivan commented on February 9, 2009 at 10:33 am

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