Chinese New Year Gathering

Ben and I celebrated Chinese New Year at a friend’s house. This is a group of Singaporean and Malaysian friends that is like family to us. We called our group Mamak Stall.

The hostess of the house always prepares the Raw Fish Salad for Chinese New Year gathering. The salad is tossed high in the air while we wish one another with auspicious Chinese New Year greetings. This dish is commonly eaten on the 7th day of Chinese New Year which is a day the Chinese celebrates everyone’s birthday.

K & J made a spicy prawn dish. Prawn is also a popular dish during Chinese New Year as the name prawn sounds like laughter in Cantonese (“ha”). It symbolizes happiness and laughter.

K also made a “Sayur Lodeh”; a vegetable soup prepared with vegetables like cabbage, lady fingers, long beans, carrots and tofu puff. The broth is a coconut based broth. Continue reading

Potluck to Usher the New Year 2018

On new year’s eve, Ben and I drove to Mission to have a new year eve’s potluck with a few family friends.

Mission was struck by an ice storm a couple of days before. Ice storm is rare and it is caused by freezing rain that freeze upon impact. The aftermath scene was mesmerizing.  Trees were laden with ice. They were glittering in the sunlight. It is magical.

Below were the food we had at the potluck. It’s a Malaysian theme potluck.

I made “Asam Gai Choy” with roasted pork feet. The pork feet are rich in collagen. I like the Chinese Mustard vegetable which absorbs all the flavour of the the roasted pork feet. This dish is lightly tangy and spicy. Continue reading

Community Kitchen Christmas Potluck 2017

The community kitchen had a Christmas Potluck on the 2nd day of winter at the Caring Place Community Kitchen.

We had mostly homemade food with some store bought ones. Twenty over participants attended this event.

I made Palm Sugar Jello (Agar-agar Gula Melaka). You can find the recipe here.

Lorna made a salad.

Here are the rest of the food; marinated eggs, tofu and seaweed. Continue reading

Gardening Club Christmas Party at Pui Ying Christian Services Society

Lorna invited me to a Christmas party organized by the Gardening Club at Pui Ying Christian Services Society.

The Pui Ying Christian Services Society is located at Sexsmith Road and Cambie Road. The gardening club meets on the second Tuesday of every month for gardening seminars and workshops. The club also holds a variety of tours to visit farms, gardens, nurseries, wineries, and hatcheries on the second Saturday of every month. Some other seasonal events include going to tulips festival, cherry picking, salmon return sight seeing, and corn maze tour.

The party started  with the singing of “Joy to the World” in Cantonese. After several speeches by the chairman of the gardening club, the coordinator of the society and a guest speaker, dinner commenced. There were a lot food, some were catered and some were homemade. Continue reading

Praise Dance Christmas Dinner 2017

I attended the annual Christmas Party organized by Canada Praise Dance Association for the first time last Saturday.

The event was attended by 370 and represented by twenty over groups all over metro Vancouver.

The event was well organized by a lot of volunteers.

The event opens its door at 2:15pm while the actual program starts at 3:30pm.

Fruits and desserts were served while we wait for the program to start.

The desserts were mostly made by volunteers. The above jello was so pretty. Continue reading

Summer BBQ

Our group of Southeast Asian friends got together for a summer BBQ. It’s sort of a house warming event too.


The star of the BBQ event is beef steak. We had steaks from different sources. Sweet potatoes on the side.


The one in front was from Costco while the one on the back was from local farmer.

Some of the steaks were marinated and some were just seasoned with the Keg’s steak seasonings.


The BBQ master actually using an app to make the perfect steak. Continue reading

Summer Picnic at Derby Reach Edgewater Bar Regional Park

A few family friends gathered for a picnic in summer. We had such picnic for many years.


This year, we had the picnic at Derby Reach Regional Park. The picnic spot is at the Edgewater Bar. Derby Reach is a large park. One of the family who attended the picnic brought their bicycles and did the 12km trail ride to Fort Langley.


Ben and I were there about 12:30PM and we were the first family to arrive. Fortunately, we were able to find a picnic table under shades.


The picnic area is just steps away from the rocky beach of the Fraser River. A train track is located across the river and during our stay, at least four or five trains passed by. There is a camping area just beyond trees at the right end of this spot.


This group of friends are mostly ex Malaysian or Singaporean. So, the food that we brought were mostly south east Asian style. I made curry chicken. Continue reading


The Richmond Chinese Free Evangelical Church Praise Dance group celebrated the end of the session with a potluck.

Here were the food from the potluck. Thank you everyone for sharing the yummy food.


Appetizers: Garlic Toast, Marinated Beef Shank.


Various salads.


Braised Beef with Daikon, Braised Pork Skin with Meatballs. Continue reading