Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy New Year

Since today is the first day of the lunar new year, I thought I'd show some traditional new year's cakes that I saw recently in the Hong Kong Supermarket in Flushing, Queens. These cakes are called Nian Gao in Chinese and they are a sticky rice cake that is usually eaten warm. I don't know much about the traditions of lunar new year, but I know there is usually a nice parade that happens here in Chinatown in Manhattan and in Flushing, where there is a big Asian community. If I get to one of the parades next weekend, I'll make sure to have some pictures!


Olivier said...

tu vas aller voir les beaux défilé dans chinatown ? c'est une grande fete très colorée (A Paris, dans le chinatown il y a des défilés, c'est magnifique)

you will see the beautiful parade in Chinatown? it is a very colorful celebration (In Paris, in chinatown there are parades, is wonderful)

Jay W said...

"Gong hei fat choi"

"Congratulations and be prosperous"

...and to all who celebrate (or not!) a Happy, Healthy and Lucky Lunar New Year

Blue Wave 707 said...

Gao is extremely popular here in Honolulu.

Kung Hee Fat Choy!

GMG said...

Kung Hei Fat Choi 恭喜發財

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Wanda said...

I like hearing about other people's traditions. On a cold day, a warm rice cake would probably taste real nice with a cup of tea.

Will look forward to pictures of the parade.


Ming the Merciless said...

When I was a kid, we get nian kaw from everyone -- neighbors, coworkers, cousins, etc. And we reciprocate with more nian kaw. After the festivity is over, nobody has opened the cakes and they almost all end up in the trash.

I guess nian kaw is the Chinese version of the dreaded fruitcakes.