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SSC Newspaper : SS9 February 2011
Strathfield Scene 15 "The salad most families make at the beginning of Chinese New Year to bring luck, prosperity and wealth for the year," Yennie Liu FOOD www.ourstrathfield.com e salad that brings you good luck By Bernadette Chua Asumptuous Chinese New Year dinner is not complete without a lucky salad to bring in an auspicious year. Local Strath eld resident Yennie Liu has made a Chinese New Year salad for family celebrations every year since she arrived in Australia 28 years ago. " e salad is something most families make at the beginning of Chinese New Year to bring luck, prosperity and wealth for the year," she says. "It's a vegetarian dish. I was brought up with a Taoist custom where we don't eat meat for several days into the new year." Learning the recipe from her sister, Liu says the dish is a favourite of hers to eat during Chinese New Year and it has been a long-time family tradition to make the salad on the rst day of the New Year. "My sister learnt the recipe from one of the Chinese maids we had when we were growing up in Indonesia," she says. "I've always eaten it at the beginning of the year for as long as I could remember. It looks rather unappealing, but it is such a tasty dish." e salad is a mixture of three di erent types of mushrooms, fungus, cabbage, rice vermicelli, black moss fungus, lily owers and bean curd paste. e addition of each of these key ingredients to the salad symbolises an important part of what one wants to bring in the new year. "Mushrooms are always lucky and are a symbol of wealth, especially the large shiitake mushrooms in the salad. e black moss fungus, which is called 'fat choy', is the most important part of the salad," she says. " e term literally means to 'strike it rich', so wealth is always a key factor into bringing in a good new year." e ingredient sounds the same as half of the usual New Year greeting in Cantonese: Hong kee fat choy! Traditionally, the salad is served simply with rice and is the main dish served at dinner. " We don't normally eat anything else with the dish because it is already so rich with the di erent mushrooms, fat choy, bean curd paste and vermicelli," she says. " is is de nitely one of the most important dishes of our way of life." Virginia Judge MP Member for Strathfeld Shop 1, 54 Burwood Road, Burwood NSW 2134 Ph: 9747 1711 Fax: 9747 6054 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.parliament.nsw.gov.au Please do not hesitate to contact my offce if you believe I can be of assistance in any State Government matter. CHINESE NEW YEAR SALAD INGREDIENTS 1 tin button mushrooms 1 tin straw mushrooms 50g fat choy (black moss hair) 20g wood ears (black fungus) 20g lily flowers 1 bundle rice vermicelli 8 cubes fermented red bean curd 8 cubes fermented white bean curd 4 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons salt 1 piece ginger 6 leaves cabbage 8 leaves Chinese cabbage 1 cup water METHOD To prepare, clean and soak the fat choy, wood ears, mushrooms a nd lily flowers in separate bowls for half an hour. Peel off any hard ends from the lily flowers and wood ears. Soak the vermicelli in water. Mix the fermented red and white bean curd, salt, and sugar together. Blanch the cabbage in boiling water until soft. Fry the ginger with the red and white bean curd, sugar and salt. Add the mushrooms, wood ears, fat choy and lily flowers, and stir fry. Pour in the cup of water. Add the drained vermicelli. Serve with steamed rice. Authentic delicious Vietnamese Cuisine friendly staff and great value for money! COME CELEBRATE VALENTINES DAY WITH US! OPEN 7 DAYS Ph: (02) 9746 1692 BYO, DINE IN OR TAKEAWAY MON-FRI 8:30AM-8:15PM SAT-SUN 8:00-8:00PM 8/90 The Crescent Homebush West Directly Opposite Flemington Train Station Pho Saigon VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT Chinese New Year salad is simple to prepare, it tastes great and it brings you luck!