Friday, 31 January 2014

Chinese New Year's Eve

It's the first year that I'm celebrating Chinese New Year without a family member 
(kind of strange indeed)

Initially, feelings were rather neutral and they didn't seem to differ from the usual.
However, after browsing through Facebook (curses!),
photographs of other people's large gatherings of family and food began to cause slight heart ache.

After several mood swings, I began to message several people who were online on Facebook.

One which included, Jackey, a fellow Malaysian who I met once at one of the Christmas parties in college.
Randomly he told me that they were gathering together for a Chinese New Year gathering with other Chinese students who didn't have family around in Dublin.

The perfect opportunity arrived!

At night, there was a fire performance by Trinity's Juggling society. 
The ooh's, aah's and gasps from the audience echoed through the court yard as the flames were barely missing the hairs on their heads. And to end the night, we went to...


Antan and Debbie 


Leona and Mei Ou!

There were more, but some weren't so eager for the camera. But more photographs are to the food arrived! Nom nom nom. The best part was we went to Nyonya which is the best Malaysian restaurant possibly in Ireland.

Hot and sour tom yam soup.

Crispy fried Hainan chicken with salt, pepper and lime.

Marmite pork ribs which were oh, so succulent!

Petai and siew yoke with belacan (smelly beans with pork in spicy chilli sauce)

Nasi lemak! 
(rice cooked with coconut milk, together with chicken rendang, sambal, peanuts, dried anchovies, egg and cucumber)

Yam basket with chicken and vegetables. Was so deliciously crispy on the outside and soft on the inside

Roast duck!

Butter prawns (mouth watering at this very moment)

So all in all, it was an amazing dinner with an exquisite array of new friends that reminds me very much how it feels like to be a banana (Chinese who can't speak Chinese). Haven't felt this way since secondary school in Malaysia. But it was great.

A celebration is still a celebration.
Might not be the same.
But hey,
better than sitting alone in my room staring at the wall :)

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