Happy New Year 2010

January 1st, 2010 3 Commented

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers a HAPPY NEW YEAR. May you have a blessed and wonderful year ahead.

I spent my first few minutes of new year watching fireworks. It reminded me of last year’s new year in Rome. The night sky of Rome was lit up by 30 minutes of continuous vibrant colorful sparks emitted by the fireworks. This year, back at home, we witnessed a short five-minute of the colorful sparks.


After an enjoyable display of fireworks, people started to leave for home.


My wife and I decided to have our first supper for the year of 2010 at Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe. We ordered a hot tea with lemon, yuanyang, siew mai, har kau and a thick french toast.

This is the typical hot lemon tea and yuanyang. Yuangyang is a popular beverage in Hong Kong, a mixture of coffee and Hong Kong-style milk tea.

The next photo shows the siew mai (a.k.a. “pork and mushroom dumpling” in Cantonese cuisine). Its filling consists of seasoned ground pork, whole or chopped shrimp, and Chinese black mushroom in small bits. The outer covering is made of a thin sheet of lye water dough. The top is usually garnished with an orange dot, made of roe or diced carrot, for decorative presentations.

Har Kau is a kind of dumpling. It is also called a shrimp bonnet for its pleated shape.

The siew mai and har kau of this cafe didn’t meet our expectations as we tasted much better ones at some other restaurants before. We were, in fact, quite disappointed with this cafe considering it is a Hong Kong cafe (which normally serves great tantalizing Dim Sum). Dim sum is the name for a Chinese cuisine which involves a wide range of light dishes (siew mai and har kau included).

Fortunately, the thick toast saved the night. Imagine the soft bread, coated with eggs and lightly toasted to give the little crispy feel as you bite it. It was topped with a generous amount of honey and a slice of butter to make it sweet and delicious.


As we were walking home, my wife noticed this beautiful view. The moon was shinning so brightly above the flats, I hesitated no more and snapped a photo of it to share it here.

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3 responses to “Happy New Year 2010”

  1. Katsura-chan says:

    All those looks delicious :p
    I’m hungry now but i’ll be eating soon so it’s alright.
    I’ve stayed to my best friend’s place for new year’s eve so nothing fancy but i enjoy staying in a calm atmosphere.

    Happy new year !!!

  2. Lylibellule says:

    All those dishes put me in appetite. I had the chance to taste that kind of meatball on Reunion Ile. Now i doubt that it’s the same taste.

    A very good and happy year to you and your wife. Continue to make me travel with your coverages :)

    The last photo is magnificent!

  3. Ruby says:

    The pics are beautiful :D omg I love the foood <3~~ happy new year :)

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