Aside from the traditional gut-busting home-cooked Chinese gastronomy the eve, there is also no shortage of Chinese tradi-superstitions, to which I don't really adhere; here's a shortlist of some CNY buffoonery:
- Cleaning your house on the new year (that's what domestic helpers are for).
- Avoiding the use of scissors or knives (so all haircuts happen before CNY mean barbers and salons gouge clients for 10x the normal fee).
- Eating as many sweets as you can stomach before your teeth fall out.
- Giving money in the form of red pockets is auspicious, especially if they're for me.
[Crispy sesame flowers; definitely not flower-shaped, rather, they're like three-dimensional Möbius strips.]
The recipe is the same as the one used for Smiley Face Nuggets with a slight variation: a smidgen less sugar and the addition of one cube of red fermented bean curd (南乳, "southern fermented bean curd") for each cup of flour used.
[Before the magic red fermented bean curd is mixed in the dough.]
Once mixed in (you might need a bit more flour), roll it out, cut into 2-inch strips and like a plastic surgeon, make an incision in the middle parallel to the long edge, and then thread one end through the incision. Deep fry the flipped
[Rolled out and ready to go.]
A recipe using (1) one cup of flour will yield about 2.5 cups of deep-fried biscuits and raise your LDL cholesterol by 20 points.
Gung hei fat choi 恭喜發財!
(P.S. My resolution this year is to clean my potty mouth. So far, it is not happening.)