Sunday, January 13, 2008

Chinese New Year Mood in the Air

As I was walking down Ipoh Lane today, I could feel the Chinese New Year (CNY) approaching. Stalls selling VCD’s were blaring out New Year songs to entertain visitors to the Jelutong marketplace. Many stalls were selling decorative items for the CNY which is less than a month away.

Biscuits for the festive occasion met the eye too. They were put in plastic bottles or used MILO tins, each costing between RM15 to RM18. I recommend ribbon biscuits. They are actually made of Wan Tan wrappings stacked up and cut into small rectangles. With two slits cut lengthwise on these rectangles and having twisted the sliced dough, they are ready to be fried. Very tasty Wan Tan wrappings for these biscuits come from Sungai Petani.

Seafood is a must for Chinese New Year Eve Renunion Dinner. This include sea cucumber, crab meat, prawns and fish. Sea cucumber can be bought even as early as today. It costs RM58 per kilogram. The price can go up as CNY draws nearer.

Today the crowd seemed to be bigger. I had to squeeze my way through, both hands holding vegetables, sea cucumber, papayas and others.

Come and pay a visit to the Ipoh Lane marketplace for a change.

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