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Christmas Around Asia

Christmas Around Asia

Each country has its own unique way of celebrating the Christmas season. We took the time to explore the different traditions around Asia and discover what makes the day so memorable and most importantly, what they eat.  

India

India celebrates Christmas vigorously; you will discover churches covered in poinsettia for the Christmas Midnight Mass with the church interiors decorated with red flowers and oil-burning lamps, making for a spectacular sight.

Christmas lunch is a family affair, in which everyone will contribute with the feast, consisting of main meals include mutton stews and roast meats including duck. Athirasam, a sweet made in South India especially during festivals are popular in India as is Christmas pudding.

Using our Indian butter chicken spice paste, a butter pumpkin and vegetable stew will complement an Indian inspired Christmas feast perfectly.

China

In China, children decorate Christmas trees with colourful paper ornaments which are in the shape of flowers, chains and lanterns.

The Chinese Christmas tree is called 'trees of light'. Santa Claus is called Sheng Dan Lao Ren which means 'Christmas Old Man'. Children hang stockings in hope that Christmas old man will fill them with gifts and treats.

A typical Chinese Christmas feast is similar to Chinse New year with roasted BBQ pork, chicken, dumplings, sweets and soups. Try our golden pineapple rice recipe complete an authentic Chinese inspired Christmas feast. 

Japan

The population of Japan is only 1% Christian, yet, everyone gets involved in the festive seasons, decorating shops and home with evergreens.  There is no public holiday and no Turkey but the streets do come to life with people as they make it an occasion to eat out at restaurants,  drink and swap gifts with family and friends; it has been described as a combination of Easter and Valentine's Day.

An example of a traditional Japanese Christmas dish is Christmas cake. However, it's not a rich fruit cake, but a sponge cake is preferred, decorated with strawberries and whipped cream.

Add a Japanese twist to your Christmas with miso soup or check out our complete Japanese range.

Vietnam

Christmas is an intricate part of the Vietnamese culture.  The streets fill with locals on Christmas Eve. People celebrate by throwing confetti, taking pictures and enjoying the Christmas decorations and lights of big hotels and department stores.

Christmas day in Vietnam incorporates both the modern day world as well as old traditions.  The Christmas dinner usually consists of a feast with an array of traditional and non-traditional foods including chicken soup, turkey and Christmas pudding.  Perhaps treat your guests to this Pho-inspired chicken noodle soup this Christmas?



 


Coconut Cream

Coconut Cream

When one thinks of Asian cuisine, their mind generally traces to savoury foods but there is one secret little ingredient that is commonly used in both savoury and sweet Asian cuisine... Coconut Cream.

Coconut cream is followed with a general stereotype that most foods with the word 'cream' are accustomed to. Yes, it is high in saturated fat, but that does not necessarily mean it is 'bad' for you and that you should avoid it. In fact, the saturated fat contained in coconut cream is actually good fat that your body can metabolise and quickly turn into energy without raising your cholesterol levels. Other health benefits include:

·         Scientists and researchers have been encouraging mothers to feed their infants with breast milk because the nutrients in it can help infants fight off intrusive viruses and bacteria

·         Coconut cream contains lauric acid -- the same type of saturated fat found in abundance in human breast milk

Not only does coconut cream have a vast range of health benefits, it also is a universal ingredient that can be used for a range of sweet and savoury dishes.  AHG Coconut Cream is a wonderful  quick mix that gives you the delightful taste of fresh coconut cream in seconds.  Ideal for use in Asian recipes such as curries, Asian desserts and even for westernised recipes replacing milk or cream.  All you need to do is add water and stir.

Go to our website for Coconut Cream and our whole range of AHG Sauces

 

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Christmas Around Asia

Christmas Around Asia

Each country has its own unique way of celebrating the Christmas season. We took the time to explore the different traditions around Asia and discover what makes the day so memorable and most importantly, what they eat.

» Read more

Coconut Cream

Coconut Cream

When one thinks of Asian cuisine, their mind generally traces to savoury foods but there is one secret little ingredient that is commonly used in both savoury and sweet Asian cuisine... Coconut Cream.

» Read more