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Yummy Chinese steamboat dinner

On the weekend, we had all of my wife’s side of the family over for a belated Chinese New Year meal together.

The theme for this dinner?   Steamboat!

We don’t have steamboat very often, but it’s a family favourite. 

The best way to explain what steamboat is, is that it’s like a hotpot.  We normally put out trays of various uncooked foods (sliced meats like sliced beef or chicken, balls like beef balls, fish balls, crab balls, tofu balls, etc) and each guest will put what they want into a boiling steamboat pot in the middle of the table to cook their own food.  Then you spoon it out and have it with noodles, vegies and some of the broth – sort of like a noodle soup 🙂

In Perth, one of the best (and only?) places to buy the bits and pieces for steamboat is Emma’s Yong Tau Foo shop in William Street in Northbridge.

I actually hadn’t gone in there before, always dropping Wifey out the front.  But on the weekend I ventured inside this unassuming shop.

And it’s like a TARDIS!

It’s a massively packed Chinese grocery shop, and towards the back is a massive counter full of bags of balls and other goodies.  My mouth was watering just looking at all the food, and as usual, we ended up buying way too much!

Way too much to choose from

Wifey had to pull me away from the Chinese New Year food display they had there too – very…  hard… to… resist..  Kueh Bankit…

Chinese New Year delights

If you’re not sure what to buy, I noticed they sold some combination/assorted bags if you want to try different things first.

Or just do what we do – buy a few bags of single items, eat as much as you can on the day, and chuck the rest in the freezer to have with noodles for the next few weeks 🙂

Some of the goodies we bought

Emma’s Yong Tau Foo shop is located on the corner of William St and Newcastle St in Northbridge:  http://www.whereis.com/WA/Northbridge/317-William-St/#session=MTE=

Look for this shop! (Image from Google Maps)
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Happy Chinese New Year 2009

January 26th was a triple whammy for us – Chinese New Year, Australia Day AND our daughter’s 8th birthday (yep – she was born on Australia Day – in fact in 2001 so she was born on Australia’s Federation Centenary!). 

The big meal for Chinese New Year is actually the night before where we have a big family reunion dinner.   This year, my side of the family met up at a restaurant for a banquet, which always starts with a cold raw seafood salad called Yee Sang.   This is the most fun part of the dinner where you try to lift up the food high with your chopsticks (the belief that the higher you raise it, the more good luck you’ll get, but it’s really just fun tossing food about :)).    There was a lion dance (surprisingly by ang mo’s :)) and too much food!
Cold platter of jellyfish and other unknown stuff
Lo hei’ing the Yee Sang
We got the kids into their cheongsams for the occasion.   They love dressing up and this occasion is a great excuse!   Luckily, we had restrained them to limit the number of Australia Day tattoos before Australia Day itself.
The girls in their cheongsams
The girls in their cheongsams
It was a strange juxtaposition when we walked back to our car in the multi-storey carpark.   We got the kids to stop holding their noses for a photo.   I must remember to take more photos in this location!
In the smelly carpark
In the smelly carpark

On Chinese New Year day itself, we had our daughter’s 8th birthday party and Australia Day breakfast all combined!  It was  a wonderful day of eating, swimming, drinking and hanging out with family and friends.    Unfortunately, I started a small fire in the BBQ which resulted in many burnt snaggers!

Most exciting for our (now) 8yo was the propect of getting both ang pao’s for Chinese New Year AND birthday presents too!  Overload!

We ended Chinese New Year/Australi Day with dinner with my wife’s side of the family, consuming even more chinese dishes and sweets.  Too much eating!  

The surprise present that our 8yo really liked ?   A Holden Racing Team Remote Control car that we got her.    I knew it!  I should’ve bought more boy toys years ago!!   Scalextrics, Lego Mindstorms and other remote controlled cars – here I come!!!