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January 2012 Archive

Year of the Dragon

Year of the Dragon

Kung Hei Fat Choi! As Chinese New Year (CNY) fast approaches, you might overhear this 'Happy New Year' greeting exchanged between others or you might even be saying it yourself! It's how the phrase is traditionally said in Cantonese but ever wondered how to say "Happy New Year" in other dialects and languages? We sure have. Lucky for us, there's a list on how!

While 2012 may seem like the end of the world in some societies, in Chinese culture, it's a particularly good year. It's the year of the dragon and for the superstitious community, 2012 is a period for change and new ventures. The dragon is the most revered of all the Chinese zodiacs for its qualities of nobility, generosity and reputation for legendary power. As the most auspicious sign, weddings, babies and new businesses will be abound in 2012! This forecast is pretty general, however, so click here to learn what cautions your sign might need to take in the coming year!

As we herald in the year of the dragon, you may notice red to be the colour of the season. Symbolising the fire that wards away dark spirits, many households can look forward to new red clothing, lucky red pockets (full of even luckier money) and red couplets (auspicious sayings written on red paper) on doorways.

Long strings of red firecrackers line the streets to be set off at the approach of the cacophonic music and furious movement of a lion dance. These flashing lights, abrupt sounds and ferocious creatures are thought to ward away evil spirits and pave the way for good luck.

Ensuring luck is the theme of CNY celebrations that continue over a 15 day period. But what kind of celebration would it be without food? Amongst the spring rolls and wontons consumed during this time, fish is also eaten as it symbolises an abundance of wealth and fortune in the coming year. A surplus of fish means a surplus of wealth and a bit of leftover fish is usually stored in the fridge for a later date. Why not try some more interesting ways to prepare fish this New Year? Check out some of AHG's fish recipes!

Wherever you are in the world, AHG wishes you the most prosperous and happiest of years!

Chinese New Year 2012

Chinese New Year 2012

Now that the ongoing leftovers from Christmas and New Years are polished off and the freezer is empty, it's time for the next holiday and some exciting new dishes.

Chinese New Year (CNY) falls on January 23 this year and our HQ is alive with buzz of who's going where and more importantly, what they'll eat when they get there.

Whether you're having a quiet one or a festive to-do with everyone from Aunty Jasmine to her great grand nephews twice removed, HQ has devised some easy recipes to help your celebrations run smoother.

As family and friends arrive, lay out trays of easy to eat finger foods like some crunchy spring rolls and potstickers. Guests can grab as much or as little as they like and the delicious smell will waft through the house, whetting everyone's appetite before dinner begins!

It's definitely not an Asian event without rice and we've polled HQ to reveal two staff favourites: AHG's chicken fried rice and fragrant sticky rice. Although rice dishes can be eaten on its own, it's also a great dish to accompany your other veggie or meat mains and fill everyone up before...

Dessert! In addition to fresh fruit, cookies are usually served at the end of a Chinese feast and our peanut cookie recipe is bound to be a crowd pleaser! And if you're definitely more fruit inclined, AHG's banana fritters because let's be honest, anything deep fried is entertaining gold.

We always love to know when our amazing customers try any of our recipes so let us know. Send in your pictures to be featured on the site or leave a comment below to share what you're planning for Chinese New Year at your home!

Until next time: keep safe and eat well!

Yearly Wrap-Up

Yearly Wrap-Up

Can you believe another year has come and gone? It seems only yesterday that AHG was busy ushering in 2011 and now it's 2012!

We've had a whirlwind of a year and looking back, we can pick out some definite highlights!

The most recent of which has been the Singapore pop-up store in the busy district of Lau Pa Sat. In December, some of our most beloved dishes were prepared on-site with Asian Home Gourmet pastes and sauces to feed thousands of people over the 3 week run!

Hundreds of plates of Pineapple Rice, Claypot Rice, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Pineapple Rice, Tom Yum Soup and a plethora of Thai curries were served up daily to feed some local hungry mouths. (Pictured above: The Singaporean pop-up store and some representative dishes)

A great success that AHG is hoping to reproduce in other regions as it was fantastic to have some one-on-one time with our loyal customers and chat about their daily lives.

Have you noticed something a little different about us recently? Well, that's because in 2011, AHG rolled out rolled out a great new look! Sleeker than before, the new packaging displays more information about the spices in an easy-to-identify way. Just check out the image below!

You might have noticed this sleek new package in more places too! AHG's retail presence grew immensely in 2011- particularly Korea, China, Thailand and the Philippines. This means more flavours in more stores- including each nation's leading supermarkets and retailers.

And in retail stores in New Zealand...congratulations again to Richard, winner of our New Zealand 'Bringing you to the Sauce' competition.

Richard and his wife have been long-time fans of Asian Home Gourmet and amongst his $NZ15,000 winnings is a trip to Asia to visit the source of AHG!

2011 was a stunning year that we feel has been all about our customers. We got to be on the ground with you guys in our Singapore pop-up store, heard what you had to say about our product and incorporated it into a new package design, rewarded our long-time users and even reached out to some new ones!

Can't wait to see what 2012 brings! For now...get ready for the year of the dragon with Chinese New Year!

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Year of the Dragon

Year of the Dragon

Kung Hei Fat Choi! As Chinese New Year (CNY) fast approaches, you might overhear this 'Happy New Year' greeting exchanged between others or you might even be saying it yourself! It's how the phrase is traditionally said in Cantonese...

» Read more

Chinese New Year 2012

Chinese New Year 2012

Now that the ongoing leftovers from Christmas and New Years are polished off and the freezer is empty, it's time for the next holiday and some exciting new dishes. Chinese New Year (CNY) falls on January 23 this year...

» Read more

Yearly Wrap-Up

Yearly Wrap-Up

Can you believe another year has come and gone? It seems only yesterday that AHG was busy ushering in 2011 and now it's 2012!We've had a whirlwind of a year and looking back, we can pick out some definite highlights!The...

» Read more