Happy New Year to everyone!! I want to interrupt my posts about my recent trip to the United States with this post on how my family celebrated New Year’s Eve.
Every year my cousins from my father’s side come to our house for dinner. Last year I had it catered and this year we were back to home cooked meals. I’m very fortunate that my store’s chef used to work in a Chinese restaurant and he cooked most of the dishes.
The first picture on top was one of my favorites from the Chinese restaurant. The filling of the sandwich was crispy bean curd skin stuffed with dried shrimp and other spices. A little hoisin sauce was spread on the bread. I call this dish vegetarian Peking Duck since it reminded me of it with less the guilt.
He also made this delicious fried tofu cubes in a sweet and spicy sauce. It’s yummy hot or cold.
Asian Salad w/ crispy wonton strips
Everyone loved the sotanghon which I didn’t get to try since I didn’t eat anything last night. I was too busy to enjoy dinner.
My mom bought preserved salted duck and duck liver sausage (lap cheong) in Hong Kong and we used it to make this super fragrant rice dish. This was the dish that tempted me most to eat carbs.
Salted Duck & Duck Liver Sausage Rice
My chef’s specialty is lechon kawali that will rival any restaurant in Manila!
Hmm, where did all the skin go?
Baked Salted Chicken
The only thing I made was the mashed potatoes which all the kids (and adults love). If they only knew how much butter and heavy cream was in it. Well the whole head of roasted garlic was healthy.
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Every year I buy a whole slab of prime rib from Santi’s and have them cook it. Two years ago the steak was perfect.
This time I was so disappointed that the beef was overcooked. It was well done already!!!
Dessert was simple with a mango gelato cake from Cara Mia and some cookies we baked.
I dedicate this post to all my cousins around the world who couldn’t come home and celebrate with us.
For Jerry and his family from Singapore. The next two pictures are his siblings and their families.
For Jerome and Virgil in New Jersey.
For Angie, Benjie and Charlie in Taipei.
Funny but my cousin Sha (mother’s side) and Chinggai (father’s side) are high school batch mates together with my friend. They had a mini hs reunion.
me, Chris, Sha and Chinggai
The year sure went by fast and it’s another year to start living our lives to the fullest. For me it means going back to my diet to lose all the weight I gained during my trips to the US and Hong Kong. Have a good beginning to the new year everyone!
Here’s my lunch on January 1, 2012, leftover steak with crunchy garlic and a big salad. Even well done the steak was tender and tasted better with a little salt and lots of garlic.
14 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve Dinner 2011”
happy new year Leslie!!! ❤
hi leslie,look so deliciousssssssss thanks for those photos din…..will be there with daniel in few months….isipin mo na kung ano ang gusto mong pasalubong…..angie
Happy new year! Missed the food:p Thanks sa special mention. Hehe spent new years day with ahia jerry and family:)
Very sad not to be able to partake in person… Food looks SO good!
Thank you for all the efforts in making New Years Eve dinner very special and not to mention so yummy! I am sure amah is smiling up there for keeping the tradition an event that all of us look forward too. Thank you to Sa Chiak and Chima too!
The lechon kawali looks perfect! happy new year! 😀
Happy New Year Gio!
Your welcome and thanks for the coffee!!
See you next year! I’m happy you were with family 😀
See you soon!!!
The Spicy Tofu dish looks GOOD. You wouldn’t happen to have the recipe, would you? 🙂 Also, happy new year!
I’ve been wanting to get the recipe from him. As soon as I do I’ll post the recipe and pictures on this blog.
Awesome! Thanks so much. Can’t wait for it 🙂
hello, i hope you would be able to share the recipe for the vegetarian pecking duck ! or would be able to sell it in your store !