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Alvinology’s family reunion dinner (团圆饭) 2011

Alvinology’s family reunion dinner (团圆饭) 2011
Putien at Nex

Putien at Nex

Like last year and the year before, we had our family reunion dinner at Pu Tien Restaurant (莆田菜馆). The restaurant serves Heng Hwa (兴化) cuisine. Heng Hwa is the Chinese dialect group of my family.

Happy family

Happy family

We were unable to get a table at the main restaurant in Kitchener Road this year as we made our reservation late and had to settle for a table at one of their branch restaurants in NEX mall at Serangoon instead.

Along with the common Chinese New Year menu, we had the Hakka-originated, Cantonese-modified luxurious delight – Poon Choi or Pen Cai, a stewed pot filled with vegetable and lots of goodies like abalone, scallops, dried oysters, sea cucumbers and braised pork. This was accompanied with a bowl of signature smooth, springy Heng Hwa bee hoon.

Fa Cai Yu Sheng and a bunny bag of oranges greeted us at our table when we sat down

Fa Cai Yu Sheng and a bunny bag of oranges greeted us at our table when we sat down

Ready for the tossing

Ready for the tossing

Tossing the yu sheng

Tossing the yu sheng

Peng Cai

Peng Cai

This pretty lady served our table

This pretty lady served our table

Heng Hwa bee hoon

Heng Hwa bee hoon

Fried yam

Fried yam

Succulent steamed prawns

Succulent steamed prawns

Steamed fish

Steamed fish

Crispy chicken

Crispy chicken

Glutinous rice balls for dessert

Glutinous rice balls for dessert

The food was good as usual and the service excellent, despite the large dining crowd. Overall, we somehow still feel that the same dishes taste slightly better at the Kitchener Road restaurant.

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After our reunion dinner, we headed to Kovan to check out the various florists and plant nurseries. It was drizzling slightly and past 10pm when we arrived. The vendors were offering larger and larger discounts as the clock ticks by, trying to offload the Chinese New Year plants which will become virtually worthless the next day.

At the Kovan flower market

At the Kovan flower market

Despite the rain, Singaporeans are up for the bargain with umbrellas in tow

Despite the rain, Singaporeans are up for the bargain with umbrellas in tow

Lelong in the rain

Lelong in the rain

Greenery makes Rachel happy

Greenery makes Rachel happy

Nowadays, people buy orchids for Chinese New Year too

Nowadays, people buy orchids for Chinese New Year too

We spotted these very nice potted plants - they cost over $130 per pot

We spotted these very nice potted plants - they cost over $130 per pot

These were selling like hotcakes

These were selling like hotcakes

We bought a pot of these

We bought a pot of these

My parents bought a pot of small Mandarin oranges and we headed home for the night.

Happy Chinese New Year everyone, 兔年行大运! 🙂

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