When you are where I am for Chinese New Year.. where there are less than 10 asians around your area.. the size of Singapore.. there is really nothing you can do for Chinese New Year.  if i asked my neighbours if they knew when Chinese New Year is .. they probably look at me..  as if i was speaking greek with them.

The brat is sick.. and so was I, I had wanted to get the Chinese restaurant to do a duck for me.. but since the brat was sick.. we had no babysitter.. she was sick too.. the only thing i did was this pot of tong sui.  I remember my mother used to make this. .on special occasions and Chinese New Year.  It’s easy.. and this time.. the longan i had was a superior quality.. and it’s awesome.. no need for any sugar at all.  Well.. beggars cannot be choosers hor.. so i make do lor.  Nope.. the man donch drink it.. neither would the brat.. so i probably have to bring some to Mr Choo from the Chinese restaurant and share it with him.



  1. Hi Mama Bok – I totally know what you mean, even though I myself have never personally experienced the atmosphere of new year’s in asia. I was born and raised in the US, but I always knew I was missing out during CNY. And I went to school in an area that had 0 asians, so our comment about taking the soup to Mr. Choo cracked me up!!! It does look delicious!

  2. Ellen

    LOL mama bok! I hear you. I just moved to an area where there are no Asians at all and being married to a non-Asian doesn’t help either. Your tong sui looks yummy. Atleast you can fine a chinese restaurant to make a duck for you. If I asked for a duck, the people around here will think I am nuts! Gung Hay Fat Choy!

  3. Tsuchiyama

    Oh I love Tong sui .I were brought up in Hong Kong till the age of six.
    I love all Chinese food. I love Singapore, HK. If we have a chance in future, we might think of imigrating to Singapore but I heard from my Japanese friends over there that it is not easy to be a PR in Singapore.
    Well,No Lunar New Year festive mood in Japan. But I had steamboat (Taiwan style ) with my husband on New Year Eve (celebration for Chinese Lunar New Year). By the way, Mama Bok are you a good chef?

  4. Carmen

    hi, ive had food poisoning for 3 days now and the thought of food makes me sick, but this tong sui looks soo delicious! can i get the recipe?! thankkss =)

  5. chan sebastian

    Mama Bok

    How on earth did you get all the ingredients for the tong sui? Did you substitute some of the ingredients? Also, pls do share this recipe.
    Kiong Hee Huat Chai as they say in Singapore.


  6. Laura

    Nice!! I totally love your blog! I miss Chinese New Year in Asia too!!! There is not much CNY atmosphere in where I live either – although I do live in San Francisco Bay Area, where there are lots of Asians!!

  7. flora

    I LOVE DESERT HEHE dat bowl of desert lookz really yummy i like lychee n logan alot they r yummy hehe i dun like da red thingy dat much tho dunno da english name

  8. Hi Mamabok, that’s a very auspicious tong shui indeed. May the year of Ox bring you all the happiness, good fortune, health and prosperity you wish for.

  9. uj

    Bak Kor Long Ngan and Hong Zou (red dates). Yummy… normally i cook barley 😛 Happy cny to u ya.. too bad your other and kid dun drink. It’s very nice….

  10. Eva

    There is no mood for CNY in Japan at all. I miss the CNY atmosphere in Toronto. I made the “white radish cake”,
    This year was my first time to give lucky money to my son. I made him to say a lot of greeting phrases with funny pronunciation. He only got Japanese lucky money for the past six years.

  11. Denise

    Hello, Happy Chinese New Year!
    I hope you and your daughter will recover from the sickness soon.
    I have been watching the videos that you uploaded in the “Crazy Chinese Women” since 3 months ago. I am sorry that I have never left you a message / support until now. I really appreciate all your afford.
    Also, this dessert looks really good, may I ask how did you make that?
    once again, hope you & your family all the best for 2009!

  12. tracy

    hihi, mama bok^.^ hapi birthday o~~ selamat harijadi, sheng ri kuai le,
    ALL birthday greeting from 75 countries~!!!

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