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Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Happy Chinese New Year!  It's one of the most important dates in the calendar for AHG, and at HQ, we've been getting ready to welcome the New Year - the Year of the Rabbit.  For what it's worth, people born in the year of the rabbit are meant to be gentle and kind, quiet and polite, even to their enemies.  On the other hand, they can think their own wants and needs are most important and they at times disguise their real traits when facing others making them quite deceiving.  If you're not sure what your Chinese zodiac animal is, click here to find out - it makes for an interesting read when you get some down time.

Chinese New Year is always exciting for AHG, the food of course being the main reason, but what's not to love when there's a seemingly endless banquet of delectable food?  From the ultimate good luck dish of braised fat choy (a dried vegetable that has the appearance of black hair) dried oysters and lettuce, whose name in Chinese sounds the same as the Cantonese words for "striking it rich", "good market conditions"and "generating wealth" respectively to dishes like suckling pig and steamed chicken, which are part of the ceremonial offerings to the gods and forefathers, our Chinese new year dinners are always delicious and most importantly, plentiful.  My mouth is salivating right now, probably not the best to be writing this a couple of hours before dinner time.

With the trend of people eating in on the rise, you don't need to be Chinese to get involved in the celebrations.  Try cooking some Chinese dishes at home, or infuse a few Asian cuisines together to make your own creation?  Now that's impressive for the next dinner party.  To get you in the mood for New Year celebrations, try our san choy bows (lettuce cups) and golden pineapple fried rice recipes. Both are easy to make Chinese dishes containing "lucky" ingredients that, we hope, will bring you good fortune in the year ahead. 

Good luck cooking and looking forward to spending another happy, successful year with our AHG fans!

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